Gathering Together

Samwise the Brave: The Path of Loyalty



“No indeed!” said Elrond, turning towards him with a smile. “You at least shall go with him. It is hardly possible to separate you from him, even when he is summoned to a secret council and you are not.” Sam sat down, blushing and muttering. “A nice pickle we have landed ourselves in, Mr. Frodo!” he said, shaking his head.  (The Fellowship of the Ring, page 284)


Samwise the Brave: The Path of Loyalty

            Samwise Gamgee, is dubbed by Frodo as "Samwise the Brave", is better known to us as simply Sam.  He would have been nearer the mark had he called him, "Samwise the Loyal".

            Hidden in Sam's story is that of a loyal servant, who becomes a steadfast friend. As Frodo's burden increased, Sam's strength of loyalty rose to meet the task. It's also good to remember that neither Frodo nor Sam asked to go on this quest. Gandalf the Gray, a friendly wizard in the story, advises Frodo to take the Ring to Rivendell. He then, after catching Sam eaves dropping, tells Sam that he has to go with his master.

            Already there are a couple of parallels here with the Bible. You might say that where evil exists good rises up to meet it. That is basically the main point of The Lord of the Rings, but more importantly God's Word tells us, "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." (Romans 5:20) Just as Frodo's burden, the evil that bore down on him because he had to carry the Ring, increased, so also did the strength of his friend's loyalty. It was that loyalty that helped Frodo through his trials.  It was Sam's courage and loyalty that overcame the awesome "power" of the Ring. Secondly, just as the Twelve, the chosen disciples of Christ, were commissioned by our Lord to go out and continue His work, so also did Gandalf commission Frodo and Sam to a work that was beyond their comprehension, much less their abilities. For God doesn't call us to do what we are capable of doing, but what is impossible for us to do. It is in doing what is impossible for us to do that He is glorified and draws all mankind to Himself.

            Frodo and Sam become part of a Fellowship that begins in Rivendell, at the Council of Elrond. It is a fellowship of nine members; four are hobbits, two are men, one is a wizard, one a dwarf and one an elf. The nine walkers against the nine riders are like the disciples.  This fellowship develops from a group of people on a mission, to a group of people dearly devoted to one another, and to their cause. Frodo and Sam are so much like you and the disciples, as well as me. We are called out to follow Christ. We are joined to a fellowship of believers who we hadn't known, but in coming to know more about Jesus, we learned more about them and ourselves. Being united together in Jesus Christ created a bond between us that could not be broken, and a loyalty to the Gospel we are to preach. We may not always understand the directions that each take within this fellowship, just as Aragorn and some of the others headed west, while Frodo and Sam headed east for Mordor. Yet, we can be sure, that if we are true to the words and commandments of our Lord, we will be true to those who love Him.

            "And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death. Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee." (I Samuel 20:3,4)