Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sam without Rosie
This post is in response to Dr. Donovan's prompt about various changes that could have been made to LotR. What if Fatty Bolger had married Rosie Cotton and not gone to prison? This seems completely sacrilegious for me to even contemplate. Of course Rosie belongs with Sam! It would have been utterly devastating for Sam to return from his grand adventure and find that his friend had married the woman he loves. It simply wouldn't be fair. Also, Rosie needs to stay faithful to Sam in order to motivate him on his journey. Yes, Sam forces himself to continue the journey in order to protect Frodo, but I think another part of him just wanted to finish the quest so he could return to Rosie. I think this is very similar to soldiers in war holding on to pictures of their girls back home. That is what they are fighting for. They don't really care that much about the war itself; they just want it to be over so they can go back home to the ones they love. Sam's situation is almost identical. He is on the quest to protect Frodo and destroy this great evil that threatens his homeland and the woman he loves. There is no possible way Tolkien could have written a satisfying ending without Sam marrying Rosie.