Friday, April 22, 2011

Fiction Friday: My Second Favorite Fictional Character of All Time

I would eventually like to branch out from the fictional character thing, but I'm not feeling particularly creative right now since my mind really doesn't want to write this blog.  My mind wants to be deeply, emotionally, intimately involved in the reading of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, which I am only about a third of the way through.  In fact, I will have to be at work in less than two hours and would be spending every last second of that time reading, if I had not remembered that today was a blogging day.  And since I'm only two weeks into this blogging schedule thing, I figure I'd better try sticking with it for a while.

So my second favorite fictional character is someone who I very much wish were real.  I wish he were real, just ever so slightly taller, and not married...because of all the male fictional characters in the world, I would most want to be married to him. 

When most people watch or read Lord of the Rings, they're gushing over Aragorn or Orlando Bloom--I mean, Legolas.  They're talking about how dashing Faramir is, or how mischievously cute Pippin is.  There are even a few throwbacks to the late 90's who actually still think that Elijah Wood's FREAKISHLY GINORMOUS EYES are attractive.

Who do I find appealing from LOTR?  Who would I spend the rest of my life with, without hesitation?  I'll tell you who--Samwise Gamgee. 

Now, I don't have anything against Sean Astin (except maybe the fool he made of himself in "50 First Dates." You can't go from playing Samwise Gamgee to that!  Ugh!) The dude is a phenomenal actor who has played THREE of my favorite roles in all of filmdom.  Is filmdom a word?  Now it is.  He was Mikey, the main character in Goonies (GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!).  He was Rudy (I can always appreciate a character who succeeds because he's too dumb to know that he can't possibly succeed).  He was Samwise Gamgee.  But I don't have a celeb crush on Mr. Astin.  He's a great actor, but my love for Samwise has nothing to do with him.  My love for Sam goes much, much deeper.

But in retrospect, I don't know how well a relationship with Samwise would work.  He's a hobbit, which would mean he's probably even shorter than I am...and I'm short.  He's also got hairy feet, which I could probably learn to tolerate.  Beyond that, though, is another problem.  I learned a while back that I don't really want to be with someone like Samwise.  I want to be like Samwise. 

And, okay, I want to be with him, too, but since that's not happening...

I could go on and on about Samwise's loyalty.  I could rant about how he almost drowned in order to follow Frodo, about how he killed the spider and followed Frodo even into an orc infested tower, about how he watched over Frodo in the darkness, sacrificing everything for his friend.  I could go on and on, but there's really only one thing I can say that would sum up who Samwise is.  There's only one quote from the book/film that comes to mind that is the essence of Samwise Gamgee, the reason I love him so much and aspire to be more like him.

As Frodo and Sam make their way up Mount Doom to destroy the Ring, Frodo's strength wanes.  He begins pitifully crawling forward, and Samwise reveals the depths of his loyalty for his friend.

I quote this from the book, The Return of the King by the incredible J. R. R. Tolkien:

"Sam looked at him and wept in his heart, though no tears came to his dry and stinging eyes.  'I said I'd carry him, if it broke my back,' he muttered, 'and I will!'
'Come, Mr. Frodo!' he cried. 'I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well.  So up you get!  Come on, Mr. Frodo, dear! Sam will give you a ride.  Just tell him where to go, and he'll go.'"

I'm honestly getting a little misty just reading that over again.  I can't let myself think too far ahead, or I will think of the Gray Havens, when Frodo boarded the ship which parted him from Sam.  I don't really have time for a full emotional breakdown at the moment.

Sam's loyalty.  That's what makes him such an unforgettable character.  He was given a charge to protect his friend, and he did not waver from it.  That's the kind of person I would like to be.  I'd like to be the kind of loyal friend who, when I cannot carry burdens, I simply carry my friends.  But...I am far more selfish than Samwise.

...maybe, since I can't be as much like him as I want to be, I can just hold out that someday I'll meet a nice little hobbit boy.  Just in case, I think I'll keep wearing ribbons in my hair, because Samwise seems to like that.

Rosie Cotton better watch her back.  That's all I'm saying.


  1. Samwise Gamgee is an amazing friend - the epitome of frienddom (is THAT a word? It is now!). His hairy feet would weird me out too (as well as his extreme shortness), but loyalty is an amazing find in a friend. I think it's the mark of a true friend - the loyalty that goes so deep to want to carry your friends through trials and struggles. Tolkein did an amazing job showing Christ in His loyalty and friendship in his character of Samwise.

    Oh, and I fully agree with you about Elijah Wood having FREAKISHLY GINORMOUS EYES! It's the kind that terrorizes you, yet you can look away. Buahahahaha....

  2. Uhm... so my comment was SUPPOSED to say that "...yet you CAN'T look away". My fingers spazzed apparently. ;)

  3. Loved reading this post! LOTR is one of my fav movies (ashamed to admit I haven't read the book... yet). I have referred to Samwise and that quote specifically many times, even when speaking to groups. It's got to be the best ever! Love his character, and like you said, wish I could be even close to as good a friend as he is.

    The boys and Mike recently watched the trilogy again. I had too much to do to commit that many hours in a week to movies, so I worked on other things in the evenings while they watched. But I put everything away to watch those last 30 or so minutes. Makes me cry everytime, even when I haven't watched the whole trilogy. (And I get laughed at everytime by my group of guys! But sweet laughs, not mean ones.) Definitely got chills just reading your blog and thinking about it again. :)

    Glad you took the time to write this post! :)

  4. I've actually only read through the books once. I want to read them again because the language is just so beautiful, the characters so profound. The problem? As long as it takes to watch the movies, it takes even LONGER to read the books. I'd need about a good month of time to devote to I'm probably not going to be reading them again for a while. The movies are a fairly accurate adaptation, though, and never fail to produce a range of emotional extremes in me.

  5. I knew immediately who you were going to write about and when you mentioned the quote, I knew exactly which one you were referring to! That is absolutely one of the BEST parts of the story, honestly, it is probably one of the main POINTS of the story. ....and you keep those ribbons in your hair, girl! lol