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Samwise Gamgee born (revised date)

Event Type: Genealogical

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Year: 2980


Samwise Gamgee, son of Hamfast (Gaffer) Gamgee and Bell Goodchild, born in Hobbiton, the Shire. The date of this entry has been corrected, as described below.1
... Birth of Samwise.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

1 There was a discrepancy in the original date of Sam's birth in The Tale of Years, which was resolved in the 2004 edition of The Lord of the Rings:

2980... Birth of Samwise. — This reading was introduced in the edition of 2004, replacing the entry for Sam under 2983. 'Birth of Samwise' was added to The Tale of Years for Third Age 2983 in the second edition (1965), after the mention of the birth of Faramir; but the date of Sam's birth in 'The Longfather Tree of Master Samwise' (Appendix C) has been given, since the first edition, as Shire Reckoning 1380 (= Third Age 2980), and this is supported by the entry near the end of The Tale of Years for Shire Reckoning 1469, which states that Sam was 'in 1476 [= Third Age 3076], at the end of his office, ninety-six years old'.

The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, by Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull, Appendix B, The Tale of Years

Anglachel 15Apr03
date and comment revised: Elena Tiriel 20Aug07

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