I’m glad you’re here

On the occasion of Friendship Day, we at Bookhad celebrate one of our most favourite friendships – Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee – in the iconic fantasy tale The Lord of the Rings.

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“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.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers

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“Sam: I wonder if we’ll ever be put into songs or tales.

Frodo: [turns around] What?

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: [continue walking] You’ve left out one of the chief characters – Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam. [stops and turns to Sam]

Frodo: 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…”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers

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“I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Return of the King

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Happy Friendship Day, everyone!

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5 thoughts on “I’m glad you’re here

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    1. Yes, beautiful indeed. Have you read the book?

      You should read the book to get the true measure of what the two of them go through. To begin with, Samwise is supposed to be Frodo’s gardener. Hence, the salutation of “Mr.”, but this is nothing short of a beautiful friendship!

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