The Lord of the Rings universe was written and imagined by none other than J. R. R. Tolkien. After serving in the British Army during WWI, he began working on the novels about wizards, hobbits, elves and dwarves in the 1920’s, completing the The Hobbit and the first two books from Lord of the Rings. Two decades later, in 1948, he finished the last book of the franchise. But this was just the tip of the fantasy iceberg, as he is credited for creating the entire universe in which the events of these books take place.
He even came up with the elfish language, as well as the entire history up to the point of Frodo and his companions. The movie series, though great, does not capture the whole story behind those amazing protagonists. Here we’ll be taking a more in depth look at ten of these characters, who they were before the actions taking place during The Lord of the Rings, and what happened to them after the movies ended. We do have to warn you that, even though most of what is written here doesn’t appear in the movies and is taken from the books and other materials about the universe, some references are made.
10. Samwise Gamgee
What most of us may or may not know is that not all hobbits are the same. Like in the real world of men we live today, the Shire was comprised of different families and lineages which gave them somewhat different appearances, personalities and, let’s say, attributes. Samwise is a Harfoot. The Harfoots are among the most common of hobbits, which are described as smaller and shorter than the rest. The other hobbits from the books: Frodo, Bilbo, Merry and Pippin are considered to have a Fallohide ancestry. The Fallohide families were often times leaders among the hobbits.
When the fellowship reached Lothlórien, Sam was tempted by Galadriel by showing him his greatest desire. Unsurprisingly, his was seeing himself back in the Shire with a small garden of his own. Unlike in the movies where Frodo takes a look into the Mirror of Galadriel and sees what would happen to the world if they were to fail, in “reality” those visions belonged to Sam. Frodo could only see Sauron’s Eye. Later, when he is forced to carry the ring, after believing Frodo to be dead, he is tempted again, this time by the ring itself. He had a vision of Samwise the Strong, wielding a flaming sword and leading a great army to defeat Barad-dûr. Then the entire vale of Gorgoroth turned into a field of flowers with the sun shining above. He had only to put on the ring and all would come to pass. He nevertheless resisted and went after Frodo to save him.
After the War of the Ring, Sam and the rest of the hobbits returned to the Shire. He married his sweetheart Rosie and together had a total of 13 children. They changed their names to Gardeners and Sam became mayor of the Shire for seven consecutive, 7-year terms. After Rosie passed away, he was granted passage to the Undying Lands, since he was a temporary Ring-Bearer. Tolkien always considered Sam to be the true hero of the story, over Frodo or even Aragorn.