Here’s the Fellowship of the Ring: Heir to the throne of Gondor (Aragorn), legendary elf hero (Legolas), axe-throwing dwarf champion (Gimli), demigod wizard man (Gandalf), master of combat and military expert (Boromir), the bearer of the Ring of Power (Frodo), two small tricksters (Merry and Pippin)…and Frodo’s gardener (Samwise Gamgee).
Yet it essentially comes down to Sam to save the race of men from certain doom. Frodo is, in the end, corrupted by the One Ring, let it be remembered. While the Ring is destroyed after a kerfuffle between Gollum and Frodo, it’s Sam’s doing that made Frodo reach the top of Mount Doom in the first place. Without Sam, Middle-Earth would have certainly perished. And he’s a landscaper. Sam is the ultimate hero of Middle-Earth, and we are lucky to have gleaned just a little bit of his infinite wisdom. Here are just ten examples (from the books and films) of when Sam made us stop and think.
1. Po-ta-toes. Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew.
2. I feel like spring after winter, and sun on the leaves; and like trumpets and harps and all the songs I have ever heard!
3. Come, Mr. Frodo! I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.
4. Rosie Cotton dancing. She had ribbons in her hair. If ever I were to marry someone, it would have been her. It would have been her.
5. I ain’t been droppin’ no eaves, sir. Honest.
6. I made a promise, Mister Frodo. A promise! “Don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to! I don’t mean to.
7. “One tiny Hobbit against all the evil the world could muster. A sane being would have given up, but Samwise burned with a magnificent madness, a glowing obsession to surmount every obstacle, to find Frodo, destroy the Ring, and cleanse Middle Earth of its festering malignancy. He knew he would try again. Fail, perhaps. And try once more. A thousand, thousand times if need be, but he would not give up the quest.”
8. Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?
9. Sam, “All right… we don’t have that much left. We have to be careful, we don’t want to run out. You go ahead and eat that, Mr. Frodo. I’ve rationed it… there should be enough.”
Frodo, “Enough for what?”
Sam, “The journey home.”
10. I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the ending, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only the didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding onto something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.
Feature Image Via New Line Cinema