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Widow Rumble

Gaffer Gamgee’s mysterious helper

"'There is no need to come yet, if you don't want to,' said Frodo. 'But you know the Gaffer is close at hand, and he will be very well looked after by Widow Rumble.'"
The Return of the King VI 9
The Grey Havens

Sam's father Hamfast the Gaffer had been born in the year III 2926, so in the year that the War of the Ring ended, III 3019, he would have been ninety-three years old. In his old age, he was helped by Widow Rumble, a mysterious benefactor who is hardly mentioned elsewhere (though we do know from other sources that she was an old Hobbit-woman). She was perhaps one of the Gaffer's neighbours in New Row beneath Hobbiton Hill.


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