Or I am wise enough to know that there are some perils from which a man must flee Faramir referring to the Ring [LotR p666

Sam is the other of the great heroes of the story. Possibly the most important, because he 'seems' like the least important. Tolkien wrote;

"Indeed my Sam Gamgee is a reflection of the batmen and privates I knew in the 1914 war..." where Tolkien witnessed everyday English men commit heroic acts of sacrifice and bravery. [J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography p.89]

He also praised Sam with the saying,

"...the Englishry of this jewel among Hobbits." [Letters p.88]

This is very much another source of the ennoblement of the ignoble theme that Tolkien writes that he loves. One can see that Tolkien was extremely moved and edified by the acts of men who may not have been very educated or even had any faith in a God of Love, but knew about sacrifice and service and loyalty.

Sam is content to serve his master, and makes him the primary focus of his journey. And while he exemplifies simplicity, he is not without depth as is eloquently shown in Frodo and Sam's talk about the seamless web of tales on the Stairs of Cirith Ungol;

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