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Definitive Proof That Sam From LOTR And Sam From GOT Are The Same Person

The two most lovable Sams in fantasy.

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Let's start with the name!

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A great name, Samwise, from the Old English, meaning "half-wise or simple". By that token does Samwell mean half... well? Both a little degrading.

Both characters began stuck living in the shadows of their fathers.

One Sam inheriting his father's gardening practice, and the other being pushed to inherit his father's lordship – both end up abandoning this path.

GRRM himself has maintained that his work is strongly influenced by Tolkien's.

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"There are a number of homages to LOTR in my book. I am a huge Tolkien fan." – So Spake Martin

They are basically of the same kin!

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