Character Analysis – Samwise Gamgee

Samwise Gamgee, better known as Sam, has to be one of my all time favorite fictional characters EVER! He is loyal, brave, and has a good heart. He has qualities that we should all aspire to. In “The Lord of the Rings”, Sam is Frodo’s best friend, and refuses to leave him, even though he knows how much danger there will be. He tells Frodo about his promise to Gandalf multiple times in “The Fellowship of the Ring”; “Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee! And I don’t mean to.” In “The Two Towers”, Sam sticks with Frodo through it all, and proves to be very perceptive. He is not fooled by Smeagol/Gollum, and tells Frodo this, even though he knows that Frodo is blinded by the ring. It is also in this film that Sam makes that epic speech that every LOTR fan has come to know and love, with one of the most iconic quotes from the film: “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” In “Return of the King”, the ring begins to influence Frodo in dark ways, and eventually, this leads him to allow Smeagol to trick him. He is led to believe that Sam wants the ring for himself, and tells Sam to leave. Yet even in all of this, Sam still was determined to follow Frodo, facing down the most horrible spider you could possible imagine, just to save his friend. He ventures into a tower infested with Orcs to rescue Frodo, and even carries Frodo through Mordor. “I can’t carry it(the ring) for you, but I can carry you!”, has become one of my favorite quotes. Sam is the epitome of a true friend. He is there to hold up Frodo when he can’t go on, support him when he feels alone, and call him out when he is doing something wrong. He is willing to die, to protect Frodo. The Bible says that there is no greater love than that a person should lay down their life for their friend. Every time I read that, I think of Sam, and aspire to be a friend like him.

“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 end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad 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 will shine out the clearer. Those are the stories that say with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I understand, I know now. Folk in those stories… Had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t, they kept going, because they were holding onto something.”

“What are we holding onto Sam?”

“That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for”

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