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Halfred Gamgee

One of Sam’s elder brothers

The second of the six children of Hamfast 'Gaffer' Gamgee and Bell Goodchild, Halfred was thus one of Samwise Gamgee's elder brothers. Born in the Shire year 1369 (or III 2969), Halfred was thus eleven years Sam's senior (the eldest brother, Hamson, was four years older than Halfred).

Halfred would have been raised in Hobbiton, but beyond that we know little of his life beyond a brief comment that he left his childhood home and removed to the Shire's Northfarthing,1 though we are not told precisely where he settled within that farthing. Halfred was just a year younger than Frodo Baggins, and thus almost certainly saw the takeover of the Shire by Sharkey, and Sharkey's subsequent defeat. If he played any part in the events of those years, however, his deeds were not recorded.


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In The Fellowship of the Ring I 2, The Shadow of the Past, Sam Gamgee speaks about his 'cousin Hal', saying that he '...goes up to the Northfarthing for the hunting'. It might be tempting to make the connection between 'Hal' and the Northfarthing and imagine that 'cousin Hal' is just Sam's idiosyncratic way of speaking about his brother Halfred. This does not seem to be correct: Sam is almost certainly talking here about Halfast, the son of his uncle Halfred of Overhill and thus literally his cousin. Sam's brother Halfred may have been named for this uncle, but the fact that he shared a connection to the Northfarthing with his cousin Halfast seems to be no more than coincidence.

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Gamgee Family

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