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18 Sep 2017 3:49 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 4:28 p.m. PST

We have no lesser authority that Leonard Nimoy for telling us that it was Bilbo….Bilbo Baggins…the bravest little hobbit of them all.

But is this true ?

Sure he :

fought with the goblins!
He battled a troll!
He riddled with Gollum!
A magic ring he stole!
He was chased by wolves,
Lost in the forest,
Escaped in a barrel from the elf-king's halls.

Brave indeed. But was he the bravest ? Some might say that Frodo – having been pierced by a Morgul Blade and so knowing what he faced – still taking the Ring to Orodruin was in fact the bravest little Hobbit of them all.


Merry & Pippin were both, in their own ways, very brave.

But maybe it was another – how about Fatty Bolger ? He knew that bad things were coming for Frodo – and yet he stayed behind as "bait" to allow Frodo and the others to get a head start. That's brave.

What do you think ?

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 4:31 p.m. PST

Maybe it was Samwise Gamgee. He knew he was always fated to be seen as the comic-relief, slow-witted sidekick, and as likely to be eaten, stabbed, or stomped as Frodo with none of the glory or renown, yet on he trudged, dutiful and steadfast. He volunteered for every dangerous errand with no more training or preparation than even Frodo received, without wizard pals or Elvish contacts or Dwarven mithril mail.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 4:55 p.m. PST


Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 5:11 p.m. PST

Sam for sure.

MHoxie Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 5:14 p.m. PST

Frito Bagend.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 5:19 p.m. PST

Samwise all teh way

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 5:37 p.m. PST

Merry, who knew what he was getting into, studied the maps, paid for the ponies, and got stuck trying to organize the hobbitry at arms while hoping Pippin would get back in time with the reinforcements. Pippin's a nice enough fellow, but too much of the British hussar in him--not aware enough of the danger to get full credit for the bravery.

evilgong06 Mar 2017 5:57 p.m. PST


Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 7:25 p.m. PST


FABET01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 7:36 p.m. PST

Tolman Cotton and Farmer Maggot. Two tough old, salt of the earth types you don't mess with. Sort saw Tolman Cotton as The Shires version of John Wayne.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 7:38 p.m. PST

"What is a Leonard Nemoy?"

I cannot answer that completely, but I will not dispute his word.

FABET01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 7:41 p.m. PST

Tolman Cotton and Farmer Maggot. Two tough old, salt of the earth types you don't mess with.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 8:00 p.m. PST

I go with Sam, especially as he did bear the ring for a brief period.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 8:07 p.m. PST

Bilbo was pretty brave.

Wretched Peasant Scum Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 8:07 p.m. PST

Brandobas "Bullroarer" Took. He rode a horse. Have you seen those things?

Also invented golf. And you've got to be brave to wear those pants.

MSU John06 Mar 2017 8:13 p.m. PST

Sam. All alone in Mordor, thinking Frodo is dead, picks up the Ring to carry on.

TNE230006 Mar 2017 8:32 p.m. PST

Sam is the true hero of the tale

altho he was truly loyal to his employer

he was motivated by fear
"Don't let him <Gandolf> turn me into anything…unnatural!"

I would have to go with Merry and Pippin
they went with Frodo because he was their friend

also ref OP
YouTube link

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 8:44 p.m. PST

I knew somebody would go there.

Just glad it wasn't me. This time.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 9:09 p.m. PST

Merry stabbed the Witch King. I rest my case.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut06 Mar 2017 9:10 p.m. PST

I think Sam was most heroic, but Meriadoc was certainy the most brave. He after the Witch King (the essence of Fear, personified) when he had every right and reason to run away. As mentioned above, he went just to be withbhis friends.

Brave and loyal.

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 11:16 p.m. PST

It was Bob but he did not like the lime light so little is known of him :)

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 2:54 a.m. PST

Otho Sackville-Baggins.

Being married to Lobelia took a great deal of courage…..

John Treadaway07 Mar 2017 6:14 a.m. PST


This post did make me smile. Thankyou.

John T

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 7:20 a.m. PST


All that, and a good cook, too.

Perris070707 Mar 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

Another smile here. Have to laugh at the Otho choice.

thorr666 Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 10:23 a.m. PST


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 1:25 p.m. PST

Sam, when he isn't duelwelding swords and cutting down orccs and uruks like he was Master Samurai he's making gourmet stew out of hares.

fullerena08 Mar 2017 10:55 a.m. PST

Good old Banazīr Galpsi. He doesn't know much about riders in black, or magic rings, or orcs, but he knows his job. He's a gardener. And Shelob's just one more big bug that made the mistake of getting in his way.

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 5:19 p.m. PST

Sam for me too, above and beyond the call of duty.

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member09 Mar 2017 2:17 p.m. PST


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