A gardener by trade, Sam seemed to be a simple Hobbit of plain speech. However, his love for elves, his gift for poetry, and his belief that the world contains greater wonders than most hobbits are aware of (all nurtured by his tutor Bilbo Baggins) set him apart from the beginning. It was Sam who first introduced the theme of the elves sailing from Middle-earth, a subtle foreshadowing of Bilbo and Frodo's final journey across the sea. He lived with his father, Hamfast Gamgee, known as "The Gaffer", on Bagshot Row in the Shire, close to Bag End. Sam's mother was Bell Goodchild; he had five siblings: Hamson, Halfred, Daisy, May, and Marigold.