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'Hob' is probably short for 'Robin'
'Gammidge' is a corruption of 'Gamwich', the village where Hob was born
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Hob Gammidge

The Roper of Tighfield

The son of Wiseman Gamwich, who must have travelled with his father when the family relocated from their original home, the village of Gamwich itself, to take up a life in Tighfield. Hob made his living in Tighfield as a roper, and so was the founder of long family tradition. He had a son, Hobson, through whom he became the grandfather of Hamfast Gamgee, and the great-grandfather of Sam Gamgee of the Fellowship of the Ring.

In his older years, Hob acquired the nickname 'Old Gammidgy', a play on his own name 'Gammidge' which was itself a corruption of the village name Gamwich. This playful name itself became transformed into the better known 'Gamgee', and was the origin of Hamfast's and Samwise's family name.


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