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Hamfast "The Gaffer" Gamgee in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.

Hamfast Gamgee

Biographical information

Other names
The Gaffer, Ranugad Galbasi[1]
Titles
Date of birth
TA 2926 (SR 1326)[2]
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
FO 7 (SR 1428)[3]
Realms ruled
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Culture
Shire-hobbits
Gender
Male
Height
Hair color
Brown, later gray
Eye color
Voice
Character

Hamfast "the Gaffer" Gamgee was a Hobbit of the Shire and a gardener by trade in Middle-earth and father of Samwise Gamgee.

BiographyEdit

Hamfast was the son of Hobson "Roper" Gamgee. He married Bell Goodchild, with whom he had six children, including Samwise Gamgee. He was a gardener on the Baggins property at Bag End for many years. He was frequently consulted for his knowledge of root vegetables (generally over a pint at the local inn), and was seen as a particular authority on the growing of potatoes. As the time of Bilbo Baggins's birthday party drew near, he was also in demand for his stories of Bilbo and his family. He didn't particularly like Sandyman the miller.

On the evening that Frodo Baggins left Bag End, the Gaffer encountered a Black Rider asking about Frodo. He told the Rider that Frodo had gone to Bucklebury. He later reported the conversation to his son Sam, who in turn told Frodo about it.

During the troubles fomented by Lotho Sackville-Baggins, as described in the chapter The Scouring of the Shire, the Gaffer was turned out of his hole at Number Three, Bagshot Row, as Sam saw in Galadriel's mirror. Farmer Cotton helped look after him, sharing food, although this was against the Rules that the Chief and later Sharkey made up. When Sam arrived back in the Shire, the Gaffer was rather disbelieving of his son's adventures and disapproved of Sam's wearing "ironmongery." Once the Shire had been cleaned up, the Gaffer was restored to Number Three of the new, brick-lined holes in the hill where he was well-looked after by Widow Rumble. As he often said after that, "It's an ill wind as blows nobody no good, as I always say. And all's well as ends Better!"

EtymologyEdit

The Hamfast means 'stay-at-home' or 'Home-fast' in the hobbit's own language and is translated into Westron Ranugad Galbasi.

Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit

That's for Frodo. That's for The Shire. And that's for my old Gaffer!

Samwise Gamgee, Return Of The King

Hamfast is portrayed in The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series) and is voiced by John Church. Hamfast Gamgee is played by Norman Forsey. Hamfast appeared as a child in The Hobbit (2003 video game).

In the Fellowship game he appears as an NPC and his conversation with the Black Rider on the hill is witnessed.

Voice Dubbing actorsEdit

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Mauro Castro
German Jochen Striebeck

Behind the Scenes regarding the NicknameEdit

The word Gaffer means the chief electrician, in a film production. It is also a historical and contemporary British colloqualism that refers to an overseer or boss, who is often older than his subordinates. (Tolkien was more likely thinking of the latter definition when he gave Sam's father his nickname.)

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings pg. 1136
  2. The Lord of the Rings pg. 1105
  3. The Lord of the Rings pg. 1105

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