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Samwise Gamgee "Sam"

Samwise Gamgee and Rosie Cotton
Artist ©Ted Nasmith

Third Age:  April 6, 2980

Aliases: Gardener, Hobbit name : Banazīr Galbasi

Date of Birth: April 6, 2980 (Note: There is a discrepancy between "The Tale of Years" (Appendix B), which gives Sam's birth year as 2983, and "The Longfather-Tree of Master Samwise" (Appendix C), which gives his birth year as 1380 S.R. or 2980. The date on the family tree seems more likely to be the correct date for several reasons. First, it is noted that Sam was 96 years old at the end of his final term as Mayor in 1476 S.R., which corresponds with a birth year of 1380 S.R. (2980). Second, on Sam's family tree his sister Marigold's birth year is given as 1383 S.R. (2983), and it is unlikely (though possible) that they were born in the same year. Third, Merry and Pippin are referred to as the "younger Hobbits" (FotR, p. 350) and Merry was born in 2982. )

Race: Hobbit (Harfoot)
Height: 3-4 feet
Date of death: "1482. Death of Mistress rose, wife of Master Samwise, on Mid Years Day. On September 22 Master Samwise rides out from BagEnd. He comes to the tower hills, and is last seen by Elaenor, to whom he gives the Red Book afterwards kept by the Fairbairns. Among them the tradition is handed down from Elaenor that Samwise passed the Towers, and went to the GreHavens, and passed over the Sea, last of the Ringbearers" Return of the King Timeline
Alignment: Good
Parents: Hamfast Gamgee and Bell Goodchild
Siblings: 2 brothers - Hamson & Halfred; 3 sisters: Daisy, May & Marigold 
Rose Cotton
Date of Marriage:
3019 T.A.
Children: Elanor, Frodo, Pippin, Bilbo, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Merry, Tolman, 
Robin, Rose, Daisy, Primrose, and Ruby

Physical description: Short with curly thick, brown hair. Brown worn hands 
from garden work.
Residence: Number 3 Bagshot Row; later Bag End
Sword: A sword of Westernesse; later Sting
Pony: Bill the Pony 
Galadriel's gift:
Box of earth from Lothlorien & the seed of a mallorn tree

Samwise was the youngest son of Hamfast Gamgee. He led a fairly eneventful life up until his beginnings in the tale of the Ring. 

Sam was deeply curious about elves, partly because of this, (and partly because he was an eavesdropper), he was selected by Gandalf to accompany Frodo to Rivendell. 
Elrond also selected him to join the fellowship of the ring. 

Throughout the journey, Sam proved his loyalty several times over, and without him the quest would have surely failed. After the betrayal by Smeagol to Shelob, Sam saved the ring from falling into enemy hands, and attempted to destroy the Ring himself. Samwise's strength and plain hobbit sense allowed him to resist the lure of the Ring's power, and realise that it was to much a task for him to do alone. 

After the War of the ring, Sam was elected Mayor of Michel Delving 7 times. He and his wife Rosie Cotton had 13 children (all given the surname Gardner) before her passing in Fourth age 82, when he sailed over the sea as the last of the Ring Bearers 


Hamfast Gamgee =============== Bell Goodchild
               Samwise Gamgee = Rosie Cotton
Elanor  = Fastred of Greenholm,  Frodo ,  Rose,  Merry,  Pippin,  Goldilocks = Faramir Took I,  Hamfast,  Daisy,  Primrose,  Bilbo,  Ruby,  Robin,  Tolman

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