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Gamgee Family

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The Gamgee Family was an old family of the Shire, originally from the village of Gamwich. Samwise Gamgee of the Company of the Ring belonged to this family, though his branch was renamed Gardner in honour of his replanting of the Shire.[1]

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Etymology

"Gamgee" derives from the earlier name Gammidgy, referring to the village Gamwich of the Shire. "Gamgee" is the Anglicized translation of Hobbitish surname Galpsi.[2]

The Longfather–Tree of Master Samwise

Showing also the rise of the families of Gardner of the Hill and of Fairbairn of the Towers.[1]
The figures after the names are those of birth (and death where that is recorded).

Hamfast of Gamwich
1160
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wiseman Gamwich
1200
[note 1]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holman the greenhanded of Hobbiton
1210
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cottar
1220
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hob Gammidge the Roper ('Old Gammidgy')
1246
 
Rowan
1249
 
Halfred Greenhand
1251
(gardener)
 
Erling
1254
 
Hending
1259
 
Rose
1262
 
Cotman
1260
 
Carl
1263
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hobson (Roper Gamgee)
1285-1384
 
 
 
 
 
Holman Greenhand
1292
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holman Cotton ('Long Hom') of Bywater
1302
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andwise Roper of Tighfield ('Andy')
1323
 
Hamfast (Ham Gamgee) the Gaffer
1326-1428
[note 2]
 
Bell Goodchild
 
May
1328
 
Halfred of Overhill
1332
 
Tolman Cotton ('Tom')
1341-1440
 
Lily Brown
 
Wilcome ('Wil')
1346
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Halfast ('Hal')
1372
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anson Roper
1361
 
 
Halfred
1369
[note 3]
 
 
May
1376
 
 
Marigold
1383
 
Tolman ('Tom')
1380
 
 
Wilcome ('Jolly')
1384
 
Bowman ('Nick')
1386
 
Carl ('Nibs')
1389
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hamson
1365
[note 4]
 
Daisy
1372
 
SAMWISE
1380
(gardener)
[note 5]
 
 
 
 
 
ROSE
1384-1482[3]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fastred of Greenholm
[note 6]
 
Elanor the Fair
1421
 
 
 
 
Rose
1425
 
 
Pippin
1429
 
 
Hamfast
1432
 
Daisy
1433
 
 
Bilbo
1436
 
 
Robin
1440
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frodo Gardner
1423
 
Merry
1427
 
Goldilocks
1431
 
Faramir I
[note 7]
 
Primrose
1435
 
Ruby
1438
 
Tolman ('Tom')
1442
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elfstan Fairbairn
1454[3]
 
Fíriel Fairbairn[4]
 
Holfast Gardner
1462
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harding of the Hill
1501
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Family Tree Notes

  1. Removed to Tighfield
  2. Took up with his 'Cousin Holman' in Hobbiton as a gardener.
  3. Removed to Northfarthing
  4. Joined his uncle, the roper
  5. Rode from Bag End on 22 September 1482. Said to have passed over the Sea.
  6. They removed to the Westmarch, a country then newly settled (being a gift of King Elessar) between the Far Downs and the Tower Hills. From them came the Fairbairns of the Towers, Wardens of Westmarch, who inherited the Red Book, and made several copies with various notes and later additions.
  7. Son of Thain Peregrin I.

Inspiration

Tolkien noted that Gamgee is an uncommon English surname whose origin he did not know. It was also a word for 'cotton-wool', derived from the name of Samson Gamgee who invented 'Gamgee tissue'.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface", note 2
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 758