The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien
Born IV 4 (1425 by the Shire-reckoning)
Brought up at Bag End in Hobbiton
Rose is from the flower1


About this entry:

  • Updated 4 November 2015
  • This entry is complete

Rose Gamgee

Sam Gamgee’s second daughter

Encyclopedia of Arda Timeline
Years of the Trees First Age Second Age Third Age Fourth Age and Beyond

The second daughter and third child (after Elanor and Frodo) of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton. Born in the Shire year 1425, or the fourth year of the Fourth Age, Rose was given a common family name among the Cottons: not only was her mother named Rose, but she also had a great-great-grandmother of the same name.

In the published Lord of the Rings, Rose is only mentioned on the genealogical chart for the Gamgee family (though Frodo foresees her birth as he departs from Middle-earth). She does make a brief appearance in the unpublished Epilogue to the book, where Sam calls her 'Rosie-lass'. There we also discover the Elvish version of her name, which is Beril.



'Rose' was a traditional name in the Cotton family; it was name of Rose Gamgee's mother Rose Cotton, and also of her great-great-grandmother, a daughter of Holman the greenhanded, whose name is recorded simply as 'Rose'.

See also...

Primrose Gamgee

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Website services kindly sponsored by Axiom Software Ltd.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 1998, 2001, 2013, 2015. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.