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Monday, October 24, 2011

Killer Characters: “Don’t go where I can’t follow”


I have a soft spot for supporting characters—they never get the praise they deserve. Without the grounding supporting character, our heroes would wander around angsty and aimless.

This was an easy pick for me. My favorite supporting character of all time is Samwise Gamgee. He’s amazing! Sam completely encompasses this idea—the best supporting character’s really a hero in disguise.


Why I love Sam
  • Loyal—Sam defines this word. He never wavers in his loyalty. He would die for Frodo. I’m sure he thought at times he would.
  • Brave—He fights again and again, even when hobbits are not known for their bravery.
  • Supportive—I love Frodo, but without Sam everything would have been lost.
  • Determined—He NEVER gives up. Frodo is getting into the Mount of Doom—even if Sam has to carry him!
  • Funny—Sam makes me laugh, and that’s always a plus.
  • Chief—Sam is always cooking :) I want to travel Middle Earth with someone who will make me dinner. I wonder if my kids would be so picky if Sam cooked them dinner? 

I have another funny reason why I love Sam. The actor Sean Astin looks a little like my husband J  When my hubby was growing up in California people used to think he was Sean Astin. LOL!



















Got any favorite supporting characters? If you want to check out the other entries in Deana and Emily’s Killer Characters Blogfest—click here. Come back Wednesday for Killer Characters: Protagonists.

-Angie

22 comments:

Pk Hrezo said...

How funny! They do look a little bit alike. I love Sean Astin from his Goonie days. (one of my fave movies)
But i couldn't agree more about Samwise. He is the glue that holds Frodo and the quest together. He's my fave from the story, and I even named my son Sam. ;) Really, Frodo is nothing without Sam. Sam is the real hero, and I love that Tolkien went that direction with the story. It's an unexpected twist the reader has to "read" into.

Guilie said...

Aaawwwwwwww--SAM!!! Why didn't I think of him? He's THE supporting character, best one ever!! He's extraordinary in so many ways, and you pinned it down so well: his loyalty, his undying love for Frodo, his humor--man, the comic relief he brings is brilliant--AND his hearty appetite. Excellent choice!

Deana said...

I LOVE Sam! I'm going to have to agree with yoyuu on this one completely:) And how can you not pick one that when brought to life looks like your hubby:)

Jen said...

LOL! I went with Sam as well! Because he is AWESOME. Although, in my head, he had to fight it out with Ron Weasley. I think Ron will feature heavily today as well.

Sarah Pearson said...

I have to agree with you on this one. I complain to my bloke every time we watch that Sam is the real hero, and he just doesn't get the credit he deserves :-)

Cassie Mae said...

Lol, I guess I missed the memo about the Killer Characters Blogfest since I posted about all my favs last week! Including the awesome Sam! Great post!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I thought about picking Sam! I love him, such a great character. Frodo wouldn't have made it very far without Sam.

Brinda said...

I loved Sam in LOTR! Sometimes the secondary characters are the best ones.

E.R. King said...

Samwise Gamgee is truly one of the best supporting characters of all time. I enjoyed reading your explanation for why you chose him, very detailed. Great job!

Jenny S. Morris said...

Oh, I love Sam. He is awesome!! And you did a great job!

magpiewrites said...

Oh, I love Samwise. he's the kind of hobbit that you want at your back. Is it true, I wonder, that JRT based his character on his own batman in WWI?

Tara Tyler said...

love your pick! and great, worthy supporting character traits =)

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I'm so with you on Sam - in fact Sam IS the hero of the story, I think!! And I do see the resemblance....good choice.

Julie said...

Oh, how funny, there is definitely a resemblance between your husband and Sean Astin! :)

This is a great choice, and you described everything that is so wonderful about Sam. Great to discover your blog through the Hop! :)

Abby Fowers said...

Fabulous choice Angie - and even more so since he looks like your hubby! How cool is that? Sam really is a wonderful character and support to Frodo. The book or journey would not be the same without him!

julie fedderson said...

I loved Sam--he bailed Frodo out so many times! He was a wonderful character. And I'm sure hubs is, too!

Jenny said...

Fancy that, I picked Sam too. You have a great mind ^_~

Kim said...

Hah! I love the side-by-side pics...
And Sam is a great character - really, like you said, more of a hero than a supporter :)

Sara Bulla said...

Everyone needs a Sam. :)

Angela Brown said...

Okay, so yeah, I hadn't fully thought of Sam as the supporting character since I had etched him in my mind's eye as the other half of Frodo. So I adore you picked him. YAY!!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Awesome choice. I LOVE Sam!!! :D He is a great character. One of my favorites in the Lord of the Rings. Besides my boyfriend Legolas. And Aragorn. ;)

Melissa Sugar said...

Great choice and really how could you not pick someone who looks just like your hubby

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