I’ve been putting up a few hero’s journeys on the List of Journeys this week. Alice in Wonderland, Simba the Lion King, Harry Potter, and Samwise Gamgee are there for the reading. A lot of them were submitted by students from Barnard Elementary, but Sam has been waiting for me to write for quite a while now.
Samwise tends to be overshadowed by Frodo as the centre of the story. He lacks the regal destiny of Aragorn. In the films he lacked the looks of Orlando Bloom. However, he truly exhibits heroic attributes throughout. Tolkien described him as the “chief hero” of the saga of the Ring – the quest would have failed it if wasn’t for Sam. He saved Frodo numerous times and even carried the Ring himself.
Ultimately the reason for Sam’s success is his adherence to his character. To his friendship. He shows courage and selflessness. He commits himself to protecting his friend Frodo and ultimately that commitment is more important to him than the Ring or the rest of the world. And that is his triumph.