Many Lord of the Rings fans list Samwise Gamgee as their favorite character… and we can’t say we blame them!
Brilliantly brought to life by Sean Astin, the humble gardener and best friend of Frodo Baggins is often lauded as the real hero of the story. It’s definitely true that the One Ring probably wouldn’t have been destroyed without him, but it’s his quiet courage and unwavering loyalty to Frodo that really warms our hearts.
Today we’ve rounded up all the best Samwise Gamgee quotes for you to be reminded of Sam’s humor, heart and heroism. So grab some ‘taters and let’s get going!
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The Most Famous Samwise Gamgee Quotes
Obviously there’s one Samwise Gamgee line that’s more famous than any other, but aside from his love for potatoes, these are the most well-known and iconic Samwise Gamgee quotes.
“Sam: This is it.
Frodo: This is what?
Sam: If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“Sam: What we need is a few good taters.
Gollum: What’s taters, precious? What’s taters, eh?
Sam: Po-tay-toes! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew… Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish.” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you!” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Samwise Gamgee Quotes Worth Fighting For
One of Sam’s main roles in the story is to help Frodo with his burden of trying to destroy the One Ring – and he fulfils his task with courage and fighting spirit, despite not being anything like a warrior! Here are the best Samwise Gamgee quotes about fighting, and what is worth fighting for.
“[to Aragorn] Let him go! Or I’ll ‘ave you long-shanks!” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“[to Faramir] You want to know what happened to Boromir? Do you want to know why your brother died? He tried to take the Ring from Frodo, after swearing an oath to protect him! He tried to kill him! The Ring drove your brother mad.” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“[to Shelob] Let him go, you filth. Let him go! You will not touch him again!” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
“[as he kills the three Orcs guarding Frodo] That’s for Frodo! And for the Shire! And that’s for my old Gaffer!” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Best Funny Samwise Quotes
After the four hobbits part ways, the comic relief pair of Merry and Pippin might be gone, but Sam still manages to use humor to keep Frodo’s spirits up. These are our favorite funny Samwise Gamgee lines that always make us chuckle.
“Gandalf: Confound it all, Samwise Gamgee. Have you been eavesdropping?
Sam: I ain’t been droppin’ no eaves sir, honest. I was just cutting the grass under the window there, if you’ll follow me.
Gandalf: A little late for trimming the verge, don’t you think?
Sam: I heard raised voices.
Gandalf: What did you hear? Speak.
Sam: N-nothing important. That is, I heard a good deal about a ring, and a Dark Lord, and something about the end of the world, but… Please, Mr. Gandalf, sir, don’t hurt me. Don’t turn me into anything… unnatural.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“[Sam bashes Goblins with his frying pan] Sam: Think I’m gettin’ the hang of this!” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“Galadriel: For you, Samwise Gamgee, Elven rope, made of hithline.
Sam: Thank You M’Lady… Have you ran out of those nice shiny daggers?” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“Frodo: What food have we got left?
Sam: Well, let me see. Oh, yes, lovely, lembas bread. And look, more lembas bread!” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“You know I don’t usually hold with foreign food, but this Elvish stuff – it’s not bad.” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“Frodo: We are Hobbits of the Shire. Frodo Baggins is my name and this is Samwise Gamgee.
Faramir: Your bodyguard?
Sam: His gardener.” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“Frodo: What’s in this?
Sam: Nothin’. Just a bit of seasoning. I thought maybe if we was havin’ a roast chicken one night or something…
Frodo: Roast chicken?
Sam: You never know.” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“[Gorbag advances towards Frodo with a knife] Gorbag: I’m gonna bleed you like a stuck pig.
[Gorbag is stabbed from behind by Sam] Sam: Not if I stick you first.” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
“You can’t go walking through Mordor in naught but your skin.” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Best Hopeful Samwise Gamgee Quotes
Even though Frodo often loses hope on their journey (possibly because of the ring) Sam always strives to keep their spirits up and stay hopeful. Here are the best hopeful and inspiring quotes by Samwise Gamgee.
“Frodo: Mordor… I hope the others find a safer road.
Sam: Strider’ll look after them.
Frodo: I don’t suppose we’ll ever see them again.
Sam: We may yet, Mr. Frodo. We may.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“Sam: I wonder if we’ll ever be put into songs or tales.
Sam: I wonder if people will ever say, ‘Let’s hear about Frodo and the Ring.’ And they’ll say ‘Yes, that’s one of my favorite stories. Frodo was really courageous, wasn’t he, Dad?’ ‘Yes, my boy, the most famousest of hobbits. And that’s saying a lot.’
Frodo: You’ve left out one of the chief characters – Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam. Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam.
Sam: Now Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun; I was being serious.
Frodo: So was I.
Sam: Samwise the Brave…” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“Sam: Mr. Frodo? What is it?
Frodo: Just a thought… I don’t think I’m going to be returning.
Sam: Of course you are. That’s just morbid thinking, that is.” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Most Loyal and Heart-warming Samwise Quotes
Of course, we wouldn’t get half of the wonderful lines from Sam if he wasn’t so loyal to Frodo. No matter what, he stays by his side and helps him on the journey they began. These are the most loyal Samwise Gamgee lines that will warm even the coldest of hearts.
“Mr. Frodo’s not going anywhere without me!” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“Frodo: Go back, Sam. I’m going to Mordor alone.
Sam: Of course you are. And I’m coming with you.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise. “Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“[when he thinks Frodo is dead] Oh no! Frodo… Mr. Frodo, wake up… Don’t leave me here alone. Don’t go where I can’t follow… Wake up.” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
“Give me your hand. Take my hand. Don’t you let go. Don’t let go… Reach!” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
“Gandalf: It is time, Frodo.
Sam: What does he mean?
Frodo: We set out to save the Shire, Sam. And it has been saved… But not for me.
Sam: [weeping] You don’t mean that. You can’t leave.” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Bonus: Samwise Gamgee Quotes from the Books
The character of Samwise Gamgee is a little different in the books than in the film versions, more prone to flowery language and crying, not that there’s anything wrong with that! Here are our favorite Samwise Gamgee lines from the books that didn’t make it into the movies.
“Get up, Sam!” Said Gandalf. “I have thought of something better than that. Something to keep you quiet, and punish you properly for listening. You shall go away with Mr. Frodo!”
“Me, sir!” cried Sam, springing up like a dog invited for a walk. “Me go and see Elves and all! Hooray!” he shouted, and then burst into tears.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“What a place! What a horrible place! Just let me get out of this boat, and I’ll never wet my toes in a puddle again, let alone a river!” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“Yes, perhaps, yes’ said Gollum. ‘Sméagol always helps, if theyasks – if they asks nicely.’
”Right!’ says Sam. ‘I does ask. And if that isn’t nice enough, I begs.” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
“Come, Mr. Frodo!’ he cried. ‘I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well. So up you get! Come on, Mr. Frodo dear! Sam will give you a ride. Just tell him where to go, and he’ll go.” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
“I feel like spring after winter, and sun on the leaves; and like trumpets and harps and all the songs I have ever heard!” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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