Hamfast Gamgee

Hamfast Gamgee (I) (TA 2926–FO 8), generally known as the Gaffer, was a Hobbit of the Shire and the son of Hobson Gamgee.

He married Bell Goodchild; they had 6 children, including Samwise Gamgee.  While young, Hamfast moved to Hobbiton and worked with his cousin Holman Greenhand as a gardner.  About TA 2960 he became the gardener at Bag End.During the occupation of the shire, by Sharkey's Company, Ham Gamgee was expulsed from his home at Bagshot Row no.3 and became homeless.After the Scouring of the Shire and the liberation from Lotho Sackville-Baggins' short-lived puppet-tyranny he eventually found shelter at Widow Rumble's home in Overhill.

Hamfast was noted for his loquacity and his knowledge of plants, especially potatoes.


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  • MERP:Lords of Middle-earth Vol III: Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls
  • MERP:Middle-Earth Adventure Guidebook II
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