Saturday, April 7, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Character's Samwise Gamgee vs, Gollum

It's A-Z Challenge time, baby! Today's letter is "G" and for my character feature, I'm highlighting Samwise Gamgee and Gollum. Both characters were pivotal in  J.R.R. Tolkien's best-selling Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy series.  To me, Sam was and is the epitome of a best friend. His unyielding support to Frodo was inspiring to say the least.  And Gollum...now he was practically a benchmark in this series.   Gollum is entertaining as hell and disgusting personified!  Which got me thinking...
Let's have a character smackdown.

In this corner, we have...Samewise Gamgee otherwise known as Samwise the Brave!

Sam best quote to Gollum:  

"You nasty treacherous creature. It's round your neck this rope ought to go, and a tight noose too."


In this corner, we have Gollum also known as Sméagol, creator of the infamous "My Precious."  


Gollum's best quote to Samwise Gamgee: 


"What’s it doing? Stupid, fat Hobbit! It ruins it!"
I seriously want to see these two go at it.  I mean for realz!  It's hard to say who would win.  Gollum is extremely agile and tenacious, comparable to a Timex watch (i.e. takes a licking and keeps on ticking.)  But...my money would be on Samwise Gamgee only because he's not as poisoned from the ring as Gollum.  And because he has nothing to lose, not to mention brave,   I believe he would be the inevitable winner.

What do you think?  Who do you think would prevail in this smackdown?  What aspects of Tolken's brilliance did you love when he wrote these two timeless characters?

Mina B.

16 comments:

Elise Fallson said...

This is a hard one. I'd want Sam to win, but Gollum is one crazy, freaky dude. Plus, his quote cracks me up: What’s it doing? Stupid, fat Hobbit! It ruins it!"
I'm still chuckling. (=

Laura Marcella said...

Hello, Mina! Samwise Gamgee and Gollum are awesome characters to feature for the letter G! Sam is one of my favorite LotR characters, so maybe I'm a little biased, but I think he'd definitely win this smackdown!! Gollum would be fighting out of jealousy and anger and Sam would be fighting out of loyalty and protectiveness. The latter are qualities that must prevail! :)

Fun post! Have a great weekend and happy A to Z!!

S. L. Hennessy said...

LOVE both characters! My favorite line in the movie was when Gollum called Sam a "stupid, fat hobitses". Name calling, always hilarious. Great post.

Robyn Campbell said...

Hmm, I'd pull for Sam, but secretly I would think Gollum might have his way. He's bizarro. And agile like you say. Tolken's brilliance never ceases to amaze me. What aspects? Oh man. His IMAGINATION! What GENIUS!!!!

Have a great weekend. Love your G!

Lynn Proctor said...

will i sound terribly ignorant if i admit i have never read either of these classics---made my boys read them though--on my to do list---great post

Elliot Grace said...

...can't believe that you're the first thus far to honor Gollum on "G" day!

Well done ;)

El

Danielle B. said...

Gollum freaks me out! So nasty.

Damyanti said...

I've always thought Sam was the best character in all of the books.

--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gollum would fight out of greed and Sam out of friendship - my money is on Sam.

SherryE said...

I think Gollum would win!

Cecilia M. said...

I just read those two words 'My Prescious' and I shuddered. Phew!!!

Gollum is really evil and cunning, wouldn't root for him but I have a feeling he'd win.
I think aspects about Tolkien would be characters a reader would completely fall in love with or completely loathe. very unique.

DonnaGalanti said...

Gollum would so win! Slimy, cunning bugger. He skeeves me out. But I want Sam to!

Tonja said...

Sam definitely. Fighting Gollum would be like fighting a drug addict that lost his stash.

D.G. Hudson said...

I'd want Sam to win, of course. Gollum is just too slimey. That ring has bad karma.

I like the idea of a debate between the Good-Sam and the Bad-Gollum. (or would that be a mud-slinger like politics)!

I like this post. I'm visiting via the A to Z challenge.

Sarah Pearson said...

I think Gollum is an excellent character but Sam would win because he is awesome :-)

Michael Pierce said...

I'd bet on Sam. I think Gollum would start out strong, but fall apart after a few blows. Go Sam!