Five things Samwise never told anyone
by Laura Mason


1. Strider was off doing something mysterious.

Well, now that Sam knows him better, he realizes Strider was probably hunting for food or more healing herbs, because of course he shared their concern for Frodo. Frodo, who'd been wounded by those Black Riders and was growing more feverish as night fell. But even if Strider was off doing very important things, he'd left the hobbits alone with no water and who knows what danger around them.

When Frodo began tossing about, weakly, Sam left Mr. Merry to sit with him and took their waterskins and the bucket to the creek. It wasn't far, just a good ways downhill, so it took him a while to climb back (and to wish he'd dragged Master Peregrin along to help).

It wasn't the sight of Merry crying over Frodo that stopped Sam in his tracks before he left the underbrush, it was Pippin's face as he watched the two of them. Even in the dim light of the campfire, Pippin's eyes plainly spoke the truth about all those long "cousinly" visits to Bag End.


2. Despite Bilbo's patient teaching, Sam still gets confused sometimes about spelling. And about the pronunciation of all those fancy words that hobbits just don't use in everyday Shire business.

Sam has never written down any of his own verses or tales, just told them aloud. The shelves are full of the books Bilbo and Frodo left him, anyway, and the children for the most part don't care much about reading. Elanor does, which is why she was taken to Gondor and educated there. Sam supposes she could correct him when he reads aloud to the young ones, but Ellie learned tact while living with Queen Arwen.


3. Not that it's anyone's business, but Sam couldn't help noticing Frodo's reaction whenever one of the big men laid hands on him, and the rougher the treatment, the better. When Frodo fainted in Faramir's arms, Sam figured after so much manhandling, all the blood had left Frodo's head for points south.


4. Before he took the Ring from his neck in the tower of Cirith Ungol, Sam had a vision, a temptation, he supposes. It wasn't about being with Rosie, or healing the land, or fixing things so Mr. Frodo wouldn't suffer any more pain. It wasn't even about making all those snooty elves bow down and call him Lord Samwise.

He doesn't like to remember the things he imagined himself doing to Ted Sandyman in that instant, but they're burned into his brain. Those memories make it easy to forgive Frodo, and give Sam the patience to sit beside him for endless hours in Minas Tirith, both of them shivering despite the warm sunlight.


5. He was relieved when Frodo sailed West.


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