Monday, October 24, 2011

Killer Characters Blogfest: Supporting Character


This week I am participating in the Killer Characters Blogfest, hosted by Deana Barnhart and E.R. King. Today it is the Literary Supporting Character. I have chosen Sam from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.



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Samwise Gamgee isn’t particularly brave, or particularly clever. Sam just got roped into this whole walk-into-Mordor malarkey because he wanted to hear a good story. In the beginning Sam has modest ambitions (glimpsing another Elf and maybe seeing an oliphaunt) and fussily worries more about Frodo’s wellbeing than Middle Earth’s. He’s the most homesick of all the hobbits, but it never once occurs to him to turn back because Sam is, above all things, loyal.

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His loyalty and his love for Frodo push Sam further from home than he has ever been before. They take him right into Mordor, and right into heartbreak.

"Don't leave me here alone...Don't go where I can't follow!"
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But hobbits, as Gandalf reminds us, can still surprise us. And Sam does the most surprising thing of all: he becomes a hero. When Frodo finds the weight of the Ring too great to continue, Sam does the only thing he can: he carries Frodo and the Ring, all the way to the end.



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Sam saves the world. 

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Who is your favourite literary supporting character? 

31 comments:

  1. Hi, Jen! I'm a new follower and also a fellow participant of the blogfest.

    Haha oh, Sam. He's so sweet. I cried at the scene in your 3rd picture. I agree that he's a true hero! Frodo wouldn't have been able to do anything without him.

    I look forward to reading the rest of your entries! :)

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  2. So true! He's going to be popular today, and for good reason. Samwise is THE hero of LOTR! :)

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  3. He's so awesome you aren't the only one who thought so in the blogfest:) I love me some Sam!

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  4. Yep, we're going to b seeing a lot of Sam today, and rightly so :-)

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  5. @ Lyla, nice to meet you! This will be a fun blogfest.

    PK, hi! Sam is totally the hero!

    @ Deana, Sam's a popular guy, because what's not to love? :)

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  6. That is such a good choice! I'm tearing up!

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  7. Great pick :) He really is the hero of the story--I love that about LOTR!

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  8. Sam is definitely my favorite character from LOTR. Strong, loyal, a true friend.

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  9. If it wasn't for Sam I would have given up on Lord of the Rings. I despised Frodo. No way is he related to Bilbo the Awesome I kept thinking the entire time I was reading.

    Second favorite supporting character I'd have to say is Michael from Howl's Moving Castle. The kid is money savvy at fifteen and sort of forced his way into being trained by Howl.

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  10. Sam is, without question, one of my favorite all time characters. And not just supporting characters. I keep trying to get my non-fantasy friends to give LOTR a shot simply for some amazing characters (Legolas and Gimly are pretty loyal as well), but they keep refusing. Their loss...

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  11. I think Sam is going to sweep the SC pageant - good, it's about time he got a bit of the limelight - though, he won't it, I bet!

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  12. Sam is an excellent character to choose! His loyalty is admirable, yet he's also the voice of reason on many occasions. Good job!

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  13. Sam is a popular guy today, and with good reason. Great choice and excellent post! :)

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  14. You're the second person I've seen pick Sam. He was quite the hero!

    Great Job!

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  15. He IS such a wonderful supporting character, isn't he? I think I even liked him more than Frodo! Great choice.

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  16. Samwise is my favorite character of all time! Great choice!

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  17. Thanks J.A! I had to share some Sam love!

    @ Angela, LOTR lets the little guys shine, and that's wonderful.

    @ Nicole, I agree, but I also have a lot of love for Pippin and Merry!

    @ So sorry, MC, but you should really invest in something waterproof. Why? Because you're worh it! :)

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  18. @ Steph, I didn't despise Frodo -- I liked him a lot more in the movies than I did in the books -- but Sam is definitely a reason to keep going! I haven't read Howl's Moving Castle since I was a kid. Time to give it another go, I think!

    @ TL, their loss absolutely! I wouldn't even call myself a huge fantasy fan, but I LOVE LOTR. I try and read the trilogy at least once a year, usually around Christmas.

    @ Magpie, Sam deserves it! The best thing about Sam though, is he wouldn't agree!

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  19. @ E.R, thanks! Sam also grows over the course of the books. His journey is probably even more profound than Frodo's.

    @ Julie & Jenny, I know! See, Sam deserves the love!

    @ Abby, I loved Sam more than Frodo! Still do!

    @ Melisssa, thanks!

    @ Alleged Author, thanks! Sam is great, isn't he? He's everything you could ever want in a friend, and more.

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  20. Wow! There's a lot of blog fests/hops going on today.

    Great choice of supporting character. I don't think it's fair to say he isn't particularly brave. True, he doesn't go courting danger, but neither does he hesitate when the time comes. Just being steadfast and loyal like Sam takes a particular form of courage.

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  21. sam is a true, true bff!
    sniff!
    nice job =)

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  22. Great minds think alike. Yay for Samwise love!

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  23. @ Botanist, I totally agree. I should have been more clear about that. Sam is completely a hero, but he's not cast in the traditional heroic mould. When LOTR is full of Aragorns and Faramirs, you don't expect a hobbit gardener to shine quite as brightly.

    @ Tara, I think the world would be better off if there were more Sams in it.

    @ Jenny, we sure do!

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  24. Sam was a fun character to read. Just an average guy who finds he is capable of extraordinary things. Great choice of characters!

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  25. I agree. Frodo would have failed without Sam. But it was written that way, right? Ah well...a good story has some Sam in it should be my motto.

    P.S. I hope you got Monarch in the mail.

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  26. Yay for Sam! I love the bit in the book where they're talking about what the story might be like if someone wrote about them afterwards. "Frodo wouldn't have gotten far without Sam."

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  27. Sorry, I am rather behind in viewing the choices. I have been sick. This is a good choice. Unless I really am in a time warp, I believe this is the second blog I have read featuring Sam as the best supporting literary character.

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  28. @ Stephen, that's a great way to describe Sam!

    @ Michael, agreed! More Sam in every story works!

    @ Hi Deniz, Sam is a wonderful character.

    @ Melissa, Sam is a very popular choice!

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  29. Oh my gosh, Sam is my FAVORITE! I think he's the real hero in LOTR.

    GREAT pick!

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