Reviewer: Dreamflower (Signed)
07/24/15 - 04:22 pm
The Not-so-Simple Samwise Gamgee
I really enjoyed the chance to re-read this; I am quite sure that any who think of Sam as simple have not truly read the text.
As for the name, I think that the Gaffer may have taken his child rearing principals from the old school of thought that too much praise for a child could have a deletorious effect on him, or perhaps the even older school of thought that praising a child could draw bad luck. I am sure he knew how clever and capable his son was, but he did not want to "jinx" it.
There is no doubt in my mind (as in yours) that while Sam was not perhaps, one of the Wise, but he was definitely a very wise person.
Thanks so, Barbara. The idea that the Gaffer and perhaps Bell were trying to forestall bad luck from their youngest son's life is an intriguing one, and I certainly am convinced he was indeed one of the wisest Hobbits born in the Shire.