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The Lord of the Rings- Why Samwise Gamgee is considered Hero of the Lord of the Rings

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Frodo or Sam

Frodo or Sam

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings having three parts which are the Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and the Return of the King is an epic fantasy adventure movie directed by Peter Jackson.

Before we dive into the incredible acts of Samwise Gamgee, let’s briefly see what the Lord of the Rings is about.

It conveys a story about a Ring that was forged by the Dark Lord Sauron to rule Middle Earth. He forged three for the Elves; Immortal, Fairest Beings, seven was given to the Dwarf Lords; great Miners and Craft men of the Dwarf halls and nine rings he gave to the Race of men. These rings had in them the power to govern each race but he forged in secret a ruling Ring in the fires of Mount Doom in which he poured his desire, Malice and cruelty to dominate and rule over all life.





This ring was taken from the finger of Sauron by Isildur (High King of Gondor) during the great battle when men and elves combined forces to fight the Dark Lord Sauron. The ring was to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom when Elrond led Isildur to the fires, but greed prevailed. That’s where we have the story begin…….

The ring must be destroyed.

The Ring led Isildur to his death and it lay in the waters for years, passing out of all memories, then a hobbit found it and possessed it; it turned him into a Gollum, prolonging his life. He called it MY PRECIOUS. And then Gollum lost it and it passed over to Bilbo who kept it with him for up to sixty years. After his 111-birthday party, the ring was passed down to Frodo. And Frodo must destroy the ring for it has heard its masters (Sauron) call.

While Gandalf spoke to Frodo concerning the Ring, Sam was eavesdropping and Gandalf assigned Sam to go with Frodo….

The journey had just begun.

Why Samwise Gamgee is considered the Hero of The Lord of the Rings

Samwise is the humblest of Hobbits and loving also. Most of the time, he is not the protagonist in the movie because he does what Frodo wants or agrees with what Frodo wants but he is a Hero in the true sense.

The Fellowship of the Rings:

It all begins with Sam from the time Gandalf dragged him from under the window of Bilbo’s house to the time of the Council of Elders in the house of Elrond. He was meant to be with Frodo and even while Frodo was assigned to go to Mount Doom, he said, Frodo will not go anywhere without him. He was a supporter, a follower and a close friend. He was watching out for Frodo as he was assigned to do by Gandalf and he did it with utmost love and not for any credit.

  • He was against Strider (Aragon) when he bundled Frodo into an inner room in the Inn of the Prancing Pony; he showed bravery even though he knew he wasn’t swift and smart.
  • He was against Strider when he let the Lady Arwen drive off with Frodo. Protecting Frodo was his utmost goal.
Don't you leave him Samwise Gamgee

Don't you leave him Samwise Gamgee

  • Sam never wanted to leave Frodo at any point in time and when he learnt that Frodo is leaving during the fight in Parth Galen he ran after him and went into the water even though he could not swim; almost drowning. He said, after Frodo got ahold of him and into the canoe, “I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise. ‘don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee,’ and I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.”
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Sam had skills (cooking and tying knots and encouraging Frodo) and an optimistic spirit

The Two Towers:

  • Sam made sure that Frodo doesn’t stave and chose not to eat most times so that their little meal could go a long way for them and hopefully for the journey back home.
  • He saved Frodo from the Nazgul in Osgiliath when he was tranced by the Ring and tried to put the Ring on.
  • During their captivity by Faramir, he spoke up to Faramir when he would not let Frodo go; otherwise the Ring would have gone to Gondor.
  • During their pass in the Marshes, he stopped Frodo from putting on the ring when the Nazgul called unto him.
  • He was able to read the mind of the Gollum from the very beginning and knew that Gollum was folly. He hated the creature more when they were at the back stairs into Mordor and he tried to tell Frodo that Gollum was only trying to separate them and take the ring from him.

He cried when he was sent back by Frodo and although he was sent back, when he saw the elvish bread some way down the stairs of Cirith Ungol, he did not continue downwards; he knew that Frodo was in danger and he must try to save him and stop Gollum.

Sam fought the Giant Spider, Shelob

Sam fought the Giant Spider, Shelob

The Return of the King:

  • Sam went after the Orcs that had possession of Frodo’s body.
  • When Sam was about to give the Ring to Frodo, he was tempted by the Ring but his pure heart prevailed and it only showed that Sam was genuinely protecting the Ring for Frodo.

The love for his Master also helped him through that brief temptation. Sam was the Humble of the Heroes

  • During their pass in the plain, to the entrance of Udun, Sam made Frodo to drink and eat much portion of their wafer and waybread so that Frodo would recover his strength. Sam felt that his job was to support Frodo, even to the last step and then die with him if worst came to that.
'......... but I can carry you'

'......... but I can carry you'

  • Sam fought the giant spider, Shelob that was about to eat Frodo.
  • When Sam thought Frodo dead, he took the ring but he was sad that he was with it. He said, ‘my place is by Mr. Frodo. I can’t be the Ring Bearer. Not without, Mr. Frodo.’ He didn’t think he was worthy to take the Ring. Taking the Ring though was an intelligent thing to do.

They had managed to get close to the Mount Doom and Sam knew that he can’t carry the Ring for Frodo and Frodo was losing his strength so he said, ‘I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.’

This gave Frodo some strength to enter through to the fires of Mount Doom.

Frodo was the Ring Bearer but it needed two to be able to destroy the Ring and Sam was just the right person to be with Frodo for he would not have succeeded in destroying the ring if Sam was not with him. The quest would have been lost many times from the beginning.

He has been the Hero from when Gandalf dragged him through the window to when he entered the water following after Frodo and to the time when he carried Frodo up to the entrance of Mount Doom.

After the task was done and they were sitting on a rock, Sam had said, ‘if ever I was to marry anyone, it would have been Rossy.’

It is a fitting reward that at the end, Sam got what he ever wanted. He married Rossy, the woman of his dreams, raised a family and had a beautiful garden of his own to tend.

A happy and content life

A happy and content life

He lived a happy, simple and content life he had ever wanted and desired.

Frodo couldn't have done it without Sam

Frodo couldn't have done it without Sam

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