I dedicate this thread to my favorite character, Sam. Has there ever been a more selfless and caring friend then Sam? To me, Sam has always been the glue that holds the LOTR trilogy together. Sam was a simple gardener with little cares in the world except taking care of his dad and pulling weeds at Bag End. He was not a learned Hobbit however Mr. Bilbo was teaching him his letters. Purely out of friendship he leaves his Dad and his quiet life to follow Frodo into a quest of great misery and suffering. He was Frodo's servant, but let's get real here. Frodo was not paying Sam to go on the quest. Sam went out of love for Frodo. From the very start Sam looks after Frodo. He was even willing to lay his life on the line and fight Aragorn to protect Frodo in the Prancing Pony. Even though the chances were slim that he could best an armed man twice his size. Apart from a few grumblings about an empty stomach Sam only thinks of Frodo throughout the whole tale. When he looked in Galadriel's mirror and saw the homeless state of his father, Sam remained loyal to Frodo even though most of us would have rushed home to help dad. He throws himself into the water when Frodo tries to escape on his own and go to Mordor. Even though Sam is deathly afraid of the water and he can not swim. When there is only a little food or water left Sam gives Frodo his ration. When Frodo can not carry a pack, Sam carries it. Sam saves Frodo's life when he is captured by Orcs, once again risking his own life. Eventually Sam even carries Frodo on his back when they are near the end of their journey. When Frodo attacked Sam over the Ring, it broke my heart. I could just imagine how hurt Sam was when Frodo turned on him like that. And how much strength it took for Sam to understand that this was not Frodo talking, but the Ring. All through the misery of their final miles to Orodruin Sam encourages Frodo not to give up hope and to keep trying. No truer words were ever spoken than, "Frodo would not have gotten far without Sam...." Sam endured great suffering for Frodo, and for the Free Peoples of Middle-Earth. And he asked for nothing in return. Even when he returns home, Sam never thinks of himself. He uses the precious gift that Galadriel gave to him in order to restore and heal the wounds given to the Shire by Saruman. To him is trusted Bag End, the tales and legacies of the Baggins family and the memories of things high and beautiful that have forever been lost to the world. To me, there is never been a greater friend in all of literature. And, the Quest would have failed if not for this humble, selfless, true hearted and wonderful Hobbit. All these things are the reasons why Samwise Gamgee is not only my favorite LotR character, but is also one of my favorite characters of all the books I've read... I think his final line, "Well, I'm back.", can really sum up his character's story. Frodo was his master, but was also his friend. He would have given up everything for Frodo, and in some ways, he did. And at the end, he is happy to know that he too will eventually be allowed to travel to Valinor. And yet he's happy that he doesn't have to go just yet... He's faced all these troubles, and his "reward" of a sort is getting to live a normal life. He returns home to his loving wife and children. He is sad to know that Frodo is gone, but he still says, "Well, I'm back." He is happy, even in his saddness, to be home again. One scene I really can't wait to see in RotK is when Sam picks up the Ring and starts to carry-on the quest. Even with all the difficult choices he had before, that was the hardest choice for him to make. He wants to take up Frodo, give him a proper burial as he believes he's dead. Yet he still realizes the importance of the quest. And he decides to go on. Yet when he finds that Frodo is alive, he goes after him, goes to rescue his Frodo. Sam is such an amazing character. What are your thoughts on Samwise the Brave?