The Gardners

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The Gardner Family is the name taken by the descendants of Samwise Gamgee and Rosie Cotton in honor of Sam’s replanting of the Shire after the War of the Ring.

Rosie Cotton by Sceith
Rosie Cotton by Sceith

Rosie (Cotton) Gamgee
Rosie was a hobbit from Hobbiton, she had four brothers: Tom, Jolly, Nick, and Nibs. Her father, Tolman “Tom” Cotton, was a farmer, and her mother was Lily Brown. Rosie was a childhood friend of Samwise Gamgee and they married the first of May in 1420 (Shire Reckoning, or 3020 Third Age), the first spring after the War. They lived in Bag End with Frodo for awhile until Frodo sold it to them before leaving Middle-earth. Their first child, Elanor, was born the 25th of March 1421. Sam is later made Mayor of the Shire. King Elessar visits them in Hobbiton and Sam and Rosie ride to Gondor and stay there for a year. Sam and Rosie keep up good relations with their friends Merry and Pippin and visited them frequently. In fact Faramir Took, son of Pippin, married Goldilocks, Rosie’s daughter. All together, Rosie and Sam had 13 children, 7 daughters and 6 sons. Their names were Elanor, Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Daisy, Primrose, Bilbo, Ruby, Robin, and Tolman. Rosie died on Mid-Year’s Day (June 22), 1482. On Sept. 22, Samwise went to the Grey Havens and passed over the Sea.


Elanor (Gardner) Fairbairn
Oldest child of Rosie and Sam Gamgee, she was also known as Elanor the Fair. She was born on March 25 1421 SR. This is also the day the Fourth Age began in Gondor. She was named after the flower elanor, “sun star”, found in Lothlórien that was golden in color. This name was actually a suggestion by Frodo. She was called ‘the Fair’ because of her beauty and many said she looked more like a an elf-maid than a hobbit. She had golden hair, which is rare for hobbits but two other daughter’s of Sam had golden hair as well.

In 1436, at age 25, Elanor was named a maid of honor to Queen Arwen when Aragorn and Arwen visited the Shire. Elanor also stayed in Gondor with her parents for a year (1442), and in 1451, age 30, she married Fastred Fairbairn of Greenholm on the Far Downs. In 1454, Elanor’s son named Elfstan Fairbairn was born. She also has a daughter named Fíriel. Later, Fastred is named Warden of Westmarch by Sam and given the land there by King Elessar. Elanor and Fastred move to Undertowers on the Tower Hills, where their descendents, the “Fairbairns of the Towers”, live for many generations. Before Sam leaves for the Grey Havens in 1482, he gives Elanor the Red Book, which is kept in her family’s possession and passed down through the generations.


Goldilocks (Gardner) Took
The third daughter of Samwise and Rosie, named after her golden hair. She married Faramir Took (the son of Pippin) in 1463 SR and he later became the Thain of the Shire after Pippin retired to Gondor in 1484.



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