Andwise Roper

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Andwise Roper
Biographical Information
Other namesAndy
BirthS.R. 1323
ParentageHobson "Roper" Gamgee
SiblingsHamfast, May and Halfred
ChildrenAnson Roper
Physical Description

Andwise "Andy" Roper was a Hobbit of the Shire.

History[edit | edit source]

Andwise was the son of Hobson "Roper" Gamgee, an older brother of Hamfast Gamgee. Whereas his brother became a gardener, Andwise inherited the family rope-walk in Tighfield, and continued the family trade.[1] He left his ropewalk to his son Anson after his death, founding the Roper Family.[2]

Sam Gamgee, seeing how the Elves used ropes to cross the Silverlode in Lothlórien, said that not even his "Uncle Andy" did those tricks.[3] Later he mentioned him and Hobson as an example that to know about ropes and knots is "in the family".[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name comes from Old English andwīs which means "expert, skilful".[4]