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'''Elanor Gardner''' was the first child of Master [[Samwise Gamgee]] and his wife [[Rose Cotton]].  
 
'''Elanor Gardner''' was the first child of Master [[Samwise Gamgee]] and his wife [[Rose Cotton]].  
  
Called 'the Fair' for her golden hair, she was born [[March 25]]th, [[Shire Calendar|S.R.]] 1421 (which would be [[Third Age|T.A.]] 3021), which was at the same time the first day of the [[Fourth Age]] in Gondor.  Elanor was also the only one of Samwise's children known to the Ringbearer, [[Frodo Baggins]], and her name was a suggestion by him, a reference to the ''sun-star'', a little golden flower blooming in the land of [[Lothlórien]]—this perfectly satisfied Sam's desire for a name that was both elvish and yet at the same time a simple flower-name as many hobbit-lasses had.
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Called 'the Fair' for her golden hair, she was born March 25th, [[Shire Calendar|S.R.]] 1421 (which would be [[Third Age|T.A.]] 3021), which was at the same time the first day of the [[Fourth Age]] in Gondor.  Elanor was also the only one of Samwise's children known to the Ringbearer, [[Frodo Baggins]], and her name was a suggestion by him, a reference to the ''sun-star'', a little golden flower blooming in the land of [[Lothlórien]]—this perfectly satisfied Sam's desire for a name that was both elvish and yet at the same time a simple flower-name as many hobbit-lasses had.
  
 
In 1436 Elanor became a maid of honor to Queen [[Arwen Evenstar]], and in 1451 she married '''Fastred of Greenholm'''. Four years later Fastred was named Warden of [[Westmarch]] by the [[Thain]] at the request of Samwise. Elanor and her husband then moved to the Undertowers on the [[Tower Hills]] where their family (becoming known as the '''Fairbairns of the Towers''') would live for many generations.
 
In 1436 Elanor became a maid of honor to Queen [[Arwen Evenstar]], and in 1451 she married '''Fastred of Greenholm'''. Four years later Fastred was named Warden of [[Westmarch]] by the [[Thain]] at the request of Samwise. Elanor and her husband then moved to the Undertowers on the [[Tower Hills]] where their family (becoming known as the '''Fairbairns of the Towers''') would live for many generations.
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Besides her presence as an infant in the last chapter of the published ''[[Lord of the Rings]]'', and the details noted in the appendices of that book, Elanor's most significant role was in the two versions of the written but unpublished epilogue of ''[[Lord of the Rings]]'', later published in ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'' volumes. In that epilogue we see Elanor talk with her father about the importance of the events that transpired in the story and also about the coming of King [[Aragorn]] and Queen [[Arwen]] for a visit. Elanor's affectionate name for her father is ''Sam-dad'', while Sam calls her ''Elanorellë''.
 
Besides her presence as an infant in the last chapter of the published ''[[Lord of the Rings]]'', and the details noted in the appendices of that book, Elanor's most significant role was in the two versions of the written but unpublished epilogue of ''[[Lord of the Rings]]'', later published in ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'' volumes. In that epilogue we see Elanor talk with her father about the importance of the events that transpired in the story and also about the coming of King [[Aragorn]] and Queen [[Arwen]] for a visit. Elanor's affectionate name for her father is ''Sam-dad'', while Sam calls her ''Elanorellë''.
  
In [[Peter Jackson]]'s [[Lord of the Rings movie trilogy]], a three-year old Elanor was played by Alexandra Astin, real-life daughter of [[Sean Astin]], the actor who played Samwise.
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In [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]], a three-year old Elanor was played by Alexandra Astin, real-life daughter of [[Sean Astin]], the actor who played Samwise.

Revision as of 08:08, 11 December 2005

Elanor Gardner was the first child of Master Samwise Gamgee and his wife Rose Cotton.

Called 'the Fair' for her golden hair, she was born March 25th, S.R. 1421 (which would be T.A. 3021), which was at the same time the first day of the Fourth Age in Gondor. Elanor was also the only one of Samwise's children known to the Ringbearer, Frodo Baggins, and her name was a suggestion by him, a reference to the sun-star, a little golden flower blooming in the land of Lothlórien—this perfectly satisfied Sam's desire for a name that was both elvish and yet at the same time a simple flower-name as many hobbit-lasses had.

In 1436 Elanor became a maid of honor to Queen Arwen Evenstar, and in 1451 she married Fastred of Greenholm. Four years later Fastred was named Warden of Westmarch by the Thain at the request of Samwise. Elanor and her husband then moved to the Undertowers on the Tower Hills where their family (becoming known as the Fairbairns of the Towers) would live for many generations.

After her father's passing to the Undying Lands in 1482, Elanor and her line became the keepers of the Red Book of Westmarch. Her two children were Elfstan, born in 1454, and Fíriel.

Besides her presence as an infant in the last chapter of the published Lord of the Rings, and the details noted in the appendices of that book, Elanor's most significant role was in the two versions of the written but unpublished epilogue of Lord of the Rings, later published in The History of Middle-earth volumes. In that epilogue we see Elanor talk with her father about the importance of the events that transpired in the story and also about the coming of King Aragorn and Queen Arwen for a visit. Elanor's affectionate name for her father is Sam-dad, while Sam calls her Elanorellë.

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, a three-year old Elanor was played by Alexandra Astin, real-life daughter of Sean Astin, the actor who played Samwise.