Journal Entry by Samwise Gamgee

by Silivren Ithildin
Journal Entry by Samwise Gamgee
Date: Sept 29, 1421 SR

Mister Frodo left today. Merry, Pippin and I went along with Frodo to take Bilbo to the Gray Havens to sail with the Elves to Valinor.

Gandalf came to the Shire in a wagon with Bilbo while the four of us were on our ponies. Mister Frodo was able to talk and visit with Bilbo along the way.

Bilbo was so happy when we got to the ship to leave with Lord Elrond and the Lady Galadriel.

Saying Good-bye to Gandalf was so hard. I tried not to show him how upset I was, but, he saw right through me.

As hard as it was to say Good-bye to Gandalf, I was totally unprepared to find out that Frodo was going to leave too. Seeing him say Good-bye to Merry and Pippin was awful. Saying Good-bye to Frodo for me was Devastating.

I thought we would have many more years together as friends in the Shire and that he would get to see and be "Uncle Frodo" to my children.

But, he had to leave. I have seen the effects our journey had on him and I know it is better for him to have gone with the Elves now, rather than for him to stay here and worsen little by little. But, that did not make his leaving any easier to bear.

I will always carry the memory of the last smile I got from Frodo when he boarded the ship. I think he was finally at peace.

I was very thankful that Frodo had asked Merry and Pippin along with us as I don't think I would have been able to stand riding back to the Shire all by myself. I am sure he knew I would need them.

Now, life in the Shire must go on.

Samwise Gamgee

Date: Oct 6, 1421 S.R.

I returned home today. My fair Elanor ran out to greet me. She is so precious. Rosie had the evening meal ready and welcomed me back. While I have a terrible grief gripping my heart, I was so happy to return home and see my family.

It was a very quiet, slow ride home as Merry, Pippin and I had so much to think about. Frodo has been such a huge part of our lives in so many ways for so long that it has been hard to think how we will go on without him. Merry and Pippin were such a great comfort to me on the ride home.

Frodo has been my best friend and brother in my heart for so long. Even with my working for him, he never treated me as anything less than his friend. Our journey to destroy the One Ring really brought us so much closer. I know he hung on and didn't give up just for me at the end in Mt. Doom. Such bravery I will never see again in my lifetime.

Merry and Pippin have returned to Buckland. It warmed my heart to hear them singing as they went down the road. I hope I get to see them often. I want to keep up with what's going on in their lives.

As for me, I look forward to Rosie and I having many more wonderful years together.

Now, life in the Shire goes on.

Samwise Gamgee

*Thanks to JRRTolkien's ROTK for information on this subject. Many thanks go to Dinledhwen and Queen of Gondor for their help!*