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Andwise Roper

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.

[edit] History

Andwise was the son of Hobson "Roper" Gamgee, an older brother of Hamfast Gamgee. Whereas his brother became a gardner, 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]

[edit] Etymology

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Taming of Sméagol"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"
  4. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"