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For my first time ever, I’m involved in Clay Morgan’s March Movie Madness, Part Deaux. Which I guess means that this is his second time doing this.
You can follow the bracket on Challonge.
You’ll see there that, for my first time at bat, I’m not doing too badly: my “hero,” Sam Gamgee, has advanced to the second round!
Thank-you to everyone who voted Sam!
You’ll also see that Sam faces some potentially stiff competition in the form of Matt Damon’s 1990’s era ‘Holden Caulfield’ impression, er, Will Hunting (I don’t think Chance even has one).
So, please, people, vote early, vote often, vote Sam!
Going forward, should my Sam best Mr. Hunting, he’ll face even stiffer competition in the form of Jared Hollier’s ‘Harry Potter.’
I have some thoughts on this below:
Sure, Harry is the sexy–lightning bolt scar, and all–face of the wizarding rebellion, but he stood on many, many shoulders to get there. But who are the real heroes? Where would Harry have been without his loyal friends? Loyal friends who believed in him? I submit to you he was nothing without Ron & Hermione. (Actually, think of all those who sacrificed, did their part (Dumbledore gave his life), so Harry could do his.
And like Harry, Frodo is the more obvious choice–he was after all the ringbearer, but where would he have gotten without his loyal Sam? It was Sam who almost drowned himself in his insistence in going along with Frodo after the breaking of the fellowship. Sam who faced down Shelob in the pass of Cirith Ungol. Sam who rescued Frodo from the Orcs of Minas Morgul. And Sam who carried Frodo up Mount Doom to the very Cracks of Doom.
Where would Frodo, the ostendible hero, have been without heroic, loyal Sam? The entire fate of Middle Earth rested squarely on Sam’s diminutive shoulders.
This is why I like Sam: he’s just a “regular guy,” yet stayed the course, did great things. And all because it was the right thing to do. Because “Mr. Frodo” was his friend. It’s not, like Harry Potter, sexy, but it makes him a hero in my book.
If none of that persuades you, please consider that:
Sam knew the value of good elvish rope, that potatoes are rare, good ballast for an empty stomach, and he could cook up a mean brace of coneys in his spare time! Not to mention he got to see real, live oliphaunts!
Vote early, vote often, vote Sam Gamgee!*
Thanks for your consideration!
*My name is Chad, and I approve of this message.