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'Gamgee' is pronounced 'gamjee'
'Roper' comes from the family tradition of rope-making; 'Gamgee' is a contraction of 'Gammidgy', from a nickname of Roper's father Hob Gammidge
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Roper Gamgee

The first of the Gamgees

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A name given to Hobson the son of Hob Gammidge. He followed in his father's work as a roper in Tighfield, and so was given the name Roper Gamgee ('Gamgee' being a corruption of his father's nickname 'Gammidgy'). He handed the family name down to his son Hamfast, and his grandson Samwise.

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