Today we're to talk about our favorite literary supporting characters. At first I thought Jubilee from the x-men (yeah, I watched the cartoon, but it's a comic too and that's a literary thing!) but then I remembered the only reason I really liked her when I was younger was she made fireworks. Not excatly the markings of a super-awesome-killer character, don't you agree?
But, I absolutely love the Lord of the Rings.
There's not much to Frodo, aside from Elijah's wood face once the movies came out, but Sam has always struck me as a character that needs more love.
What's so amazing about Sam is how vital he is to the plot, simply by supporting Frodo. Without him, Frodo would never had made it as far as he did. And for the most part he did it unasked. Sure, Gandalf voluntold him to do it, but he was hiding under that window in the first place. I like to believe that Sam would have followed Frodo even without the wizard's prodding. Afterall, he could have not almost drowned himself trying to get to Frodo when the Fellowship split up.
Sam has such a huge heart, and a rare trait to see the good that's out there somewhere in the world. He doesn't give up. And does everything he can to help Frodo, including carrying the Ring for a while after he thinks Shelob killed him and giving it back because even though he knows the Ring is killing his friend, being without it would be worse.
And yet, despite his stout heart and loyalty, Sam is a simple man, er hobbit. Which is what I think is his best feature. He's proof that even simple people can help shape the world, and that's hope for those of us who are as simple and not very important in our communities. We have potential.
While younger I always thought it would be amazing to go on an adventure and save the world like Sam, now I just wish I can be as good of a friend as he was. He never gave up on Frodo, never allowed Frodo to give up, and I hope that one day either myself or my writing can be a similar type of inspiration.
Plus, we both have a fondness for ponies.