“Now they were come to the bitter end. But he had stuck to his master all the way; that was what he had chiefly come for, and he would still stick to him. his master would not go to Mordor alone.”
~The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 3~
Everyone needs a Sam, at least, according to the memes. Then, I would not mind such loyalty in a friend, would you?
Sam is incredibly devoted to Frodo.
Over and over again Sam’s loyalty is put to the test as he is faced with difficult choices in regards to his devotion to Frodo.
Sam is conflicted about trusting Gollum. Later, when Frodo is stung by Shelob, Sam has to decide if he should leave Frodo and take Frodo’s appointed task upon himself. Each and every time Samwise proves himself a loyal friend, to the very end.
The Hard Road Of Loyalty
Sarah Arthur makes an interesting comparison between the characters of Samwise Gamgee and Gollum in this chapter of loyalty that truly perplexed me. She writes:
“No, the decisions are not easy for Sam. Even he feels the temptation of the ring for the brief time he carries it. He wrestles to discern what is the right road, the most loyal choice. He struggles to blend the various ‘departments’ of his life into one unified whole in which his master’s needs come first. But he does it one step at a time. He talks himself through it, he thinks out loud, he argues back and forth – not unlike Gollum, for that matter-until he finally pulls through.”
Sarah Arthur, Walking With Frodo , A Devotional Journey Through the Lord of the Rings
Sam, unlike Gollum, chose to walk a selfless path. he did not look to benefit from Frodo. Rather Sam gave all that he had, putting Frodo’s well- being before his own. Samwise also genuinely cared for Frodo. There were no terms or conditions placed on his friendship.
What We Can Learn From Samwise Gamgee
Samwise is the picture of what we should be for Christ. In other words, we should be looking at our character… when tested…do we stick by Jesus even when there is nothing in it personally for us? Will we keep walking with Jesus when our family and friends turn away from us? When we cannot afford to tithe? When we no longer feel welcome in the church?
We HAVE a Samwise with us!
When we fall short, when we mess up, God is with us. His love is unchanging! Jesus died for us folks! He will be with us to our bitter end!
Get Into The Word
Matthew 16:24-25 King James Version (KJV)
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Proverbs 10:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. 9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.