A Samwise Kind of Love

Boromir was tempted. Galadriel was tempted. Even Frodo was tempted in the end. It was an ordinary gold band that immortalized the worst kinds of evil Middle Earth had ever known. Gandalf knew the ring would have power over him and so he declined it when Frodo asked him to take the burden of the ring from him.

The Lord of the Rings is not known as a love story. But truly it is. The person with the biggest heart and the most steadfast love is Samwise Gamgee. Just an ordinary hobbit living an ordinary life. There is nothing much to note about Sam. We first get a glimpse into the love Sam has for his friend Frodo when Frodo tries to leave him behind. Frodo sets off in a boat determined to carry the burden of the ring alone. Although Sam cannot swim, he follows after Frodo into the water. Frodo is forced to save his hobbit friend or let him drown.

Samwise quote 2Later in the story when it is apparent to everyone but Frodo that Smeagol aka Gollum was manipulating Frodo, Sam suffers abuse for trying to reveal the creature’s less than honorable antics. Later Smeagol makes Frodo believe Sam has stolen the last of the food, and he is left behind. Sam comes to the rescue, though, when Frodo is led into a trap and captured. Sam saves him and continues to encourage Frodo in his trek to Mt. Doom until the ring is finally destroyed (no thanks to Frodo’s desire to keep the ring.)

Love doesn’t let others carry their burdens alone. Love does not give up, even when you can’t go on any further. Love believes when all hope is gone. Love, when paired with bravery and determination, can defeat any evil that challenges it.

I want the kind of love Sam showed Frodo. I want a Samwise kind of love.

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Dawn Ford

Dawn is a young adult fiction author, creating authentic stories that cut through the lies we hide behind to break through to our inner truths. Her passions are her faith, family, shoes, purses, things that sparkle, and anything steampunk. Keep up with Dawn's news and events at dawnfordauthor.com.

16 thoughts on “A Samwise Kind of Love”

  1. Amen, Dawn! Samwise had to be my favorite character in the Lord of the Rings (and I loved Sean Astin portrayal of Sam). I never thought about why he was my favorite, but you nailed it. We all want a friend like that, don’t we?

  2. Oh Dawn, I LOVE LOTR, and Sam is my absolute favorite character; so much, in fact, that in my LOTR class in college (yes, I’m a nerd and took that class!) that I wrote an entire paper on why Samwise is the true hero of Lord of the Rings. There are SO many love parallels in Sam’s story, but I think my favorite is when Frodo absolutely, cannot go on any further, and sinks to the ground, utterly exhausted. Sam looks on him with love and says “I can’t carry the Ring, but I can carry you!” And then he staggers up the mountain carrying his weary friend! What a sacrificial, loyal love!

    1. I’m so green with envy right now! There’s an actual class on LOTR?! I would so ace that class. I always thought he was the true hero. It’s like God does in life, He takes the least likely and gives them a great purpose in life. Without Sam, Frodo would never have made it to destroy the ring, Middle Earth would never have been safe. We all have our part in life to play in the battle against evil, and most times it’s not the glamorous roles we play, but the ordinary I’m not giving up kind.

  3. Great post! I LOVE The Lord of the Ring and Sam is a great character. Although sometimes he is considered as only a secondary character, he played a great part in the story and was a blessing for Frodo.
    I believe we can learn a great deal from Sam and we should all try to be a little more like him 😉

  4. Dawn, this was lovely….I’m with the rest, especially Stephanie, when it comes to Sam! He is the best of them all! My dog, Sammy, often gets called by other names (Velcro Pup, Stinkbug, Mugwump) but the truly best name to call him is “Samwise” – he is THAT devoted. Thanks for sharing a wonderful new view of what love is all about!

    1. You’re welcome, Melissa! Totally hilarious that you call your dog Stinkbug! I call our Beagle Stinky Dog from time to time!! Ha. He is devoted, though. Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. Of course you would bring Fantasy into the mix, Dawn. Love it. And true confession time….I haven’t seen a single LOTR movie and I only read The Hobbit. Am I banished from Inksper land?

    1. I may have to send Smaug after you!! (He’s the evil dragon hording all of the dwarf’s gold.) I haven’t read them all, either, but my oldest son was a huge LOTR fan so we always went out to the new movies. Even after he stopped going with us, hubs and I still go. The underlying message of Tolkien’s stories always resonate! So, no, you’re not banished. But you are missing out! 🙂

  6. If there’s anyone who shows a Sam kind of love, it’s you, Dawn. And from yet another LOTR fan, I loved your post. I think we could do who section on lessons learned from LOTR. 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks!! I’m pretty sure I would’ve given up when I saw the spider…

      Oh, I’d love to have a LOTR theme! Then I’d get to go on and on about Gandalf!

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