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Rose Cotton, nicknamed Rosie, was a hobbit of the Shire. She wedded Samwise Gamgee, renowned companion of Frodo Baggins in the quest of the One Ring. She became the mother of Frodo Gardner, Elanor, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Daisy, Primrose, Bilbo, Ruby, Robin, and Tolman (Tom).


Rosie was a Cotton; the daughter of Tolman Cotton and Lily Brown, and the sister of Tolman (Tom), Wilcome Cotton (Jolly), Bowman (Nick), and Carl Cotton (Nibs), and wife of Samwise Gamgee. She lived with her family on South Lane, in a farm near Bywater. Her early life is not well recorded but it is known that she and her family were always close to the Gamgees, and her brothers frequently swam in the Bywater Pool as youths with the Gamgees including Sam.[3] Being very close friends with Sam, she expected that she and him would eventually marry, and expecting a marriage proposal soon she didn't like it when she heard Sam had left the Shire, apparently for Crickhollow. Though not pleased that he was away for a year, she waited for him patiently.[4]

War of the Ring

Rosie and her family were just as angry as most everyone else but remained docile due to having a family to look after. Rosie remained protected. When Sam came back on November 2, 3019, she told him that she had expected him by the spring and thought him dead. She eventually helped him and the other returning hobbits fight and defeat the Ruffians and Sharkey. During this time, Sam got the chance to tell her where he had really been and what he had really been doing for over a year. After the war, Sam and Frodo lived with Rosie and the Cottons for a time until Bag End was restored to livable conditions.

Sam and Rosie at their wedding

Sam and Rosie were finally married on May 1, 3020 and moved to Bag End.[5][6]. Sam and Rosie had thirteen children: Elanor, Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Daisy, Primrose, Bilbo, Ruby, Robin, Tolman (Tom). Many were named after Sam and Rosie's friends and relatives. Among them were Elanor the Fair, Frodo Gardner, and Goldilocks.[4]

Fourth Age

In their later years, Sam and Rosie went to Gondor and lived there for over one year in the house of King Aragorn II Elessar. When they returned, they lived out their lives seeing Sam's mayoral duties passed to Tolman Cotton Jr.. Rosie died in the year 61 in Mid-year's Day at the age of ninety-eight. Sam then left Middle-earth for the Undying Lands later that year after giving their daughter the Red Book of Westmarch.[6]

Behind the scenes

"I think the simple 'rustic' love of Sam and his Rosie (nowhere elaborated) is absolutely essential to the study of his (the chief hero's) character, and to the theme of the relation of ordinary life (breathing, eating, working, begetting) and quests, sacrifice, causes, and the 'longing for Elves', and sheer beauty." - J.R.R Tolkien letter dated 1951.

Portrayal in adaptations

Rankin/Bass film

In The Return of the King (1980 film), Rosie was not voiced by anyone but was seen as a blonde woman in a dream that Sam had when he put on the Ring. (The Return of the King)

BBC Radio play

In The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series), Rosie was voiced by Kathryn Hurlbutt. (The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series))

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy

In Peter Jackson's Film Trilogy, Rosie lives at 10 Bagshot Row and is played by Sarah McLeod and was employed as a barmaid. She barely speaks at all, but dances at Bilbo's party, eagerly taking Sam in her arms as he is encouraged to participate by Frodo. (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King)

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Rosely Gonçalves
Italian (Italy) Rachele Paolelli


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Rosie Katoen
Albanian Rosie Pambuku
Amharic ሮሲአ ጮትቶን
Arabic القطن روزي
Armenian Ռոզի Քոթթոն
Azerbaijani Rosie Pambıq
Basque Rosie Kotoia
Belarusian Cyrillic Росе Цоттон
Bengali রোজি তুলা
Bosnian Rosie Pamuk
Bulgarian Cyrillic Роузи памук
Catalan Rosa "Roseta" Cotó
Cebuano Rosie Gapas
Chichewa Rosie Thonje
Chinese (Hong Kong) 小玫·卡頓
Cornish Rosie Koton
Croatian Rosie Pamuk
Czech Růža Chaloupková
Danish Rosie Bomuld
Dutch Roosje Katoen
Esperanto Rosie Kotono
Estonian Rosie Puuvill
Finnish Roosa Tölli
French Rose "Rosie" Chaumine
Frisian Rosie Katoen
Galician Rosie Algodón
Georgian როსეი ჩოთთონ
German Rose "Rosie" Hüttinger
Greek Ροσιε Κοττον
Gujarati રોસિએ ચોત્તોન
Hausa Rosie Auduga
Hebrew רוזי קוטון
Hindi रोजी कपास
Hungarian Rosie Pamut
Irish Gaelic Rosie Cadás
Italian Rosa "Rosie" Cotton
Japanese ロージー綿
Kannada ರೋಸಿ ಹತ್ತಿ
Kazakh Cyrillic Росіе Цоттон
Korean 로지면
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Росиэ Цоттон ?
Latvian Rosie Kokvilnas
Lithuanian Rosie Medvilnė
Macedonian Cyrillic Рози Памук
Malaysian Rosie Kapas
Maltese Rosie Qoton
Marathi ऋओसिए कापूस
Manx Rosie Cadee
Maori Rosie Miro
Mongolian Cyrillic Росие ховон
Nepalese ड़ोसिए चोत्तोन
Norwegian Rose Bomull
Rosi Småbu
Persian رزی پنبه
Polish Róża Cotton
Portuguese (Brazil) Rosa "Rosinha" Villa
Portuguese (Portugal) Rosa Algodão
Punjabi ਰੋਸਿਏ ਕਪਾਹ
Romanian Rosie Bumbac
Russian Роуз Коттон
Sanskrit रोसिए चोत्तोन्
Serbian Росита Кото (Cyrillic) Rosita Koto (Latin)
Sindhi روزينو روئي
Sinhalese රෝසි කපු
Slovak Rosie Bavlna
Slovenian Rosie Bombaž
Somalian Rosie Suuf
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Rosa "Rosita" Coto
Swahili Rosie Pamba
Swedish Rosie Bomull
Tajik Cyrillic Росие Чоттон
Tamil ரோஸி பருத்தி
Telugu రోసీ పత్తి
Thai โรซี่ผ้าฝ้าย
Turkmen Rosie Pagta
Ukrainian Cyrillic Росе Цоттон
Urdu رعثی کپاس
Uzbek Росие Чоттон (Cyrillic) Rosie Paxta (Latin)
Vietnamese Rosie Bông
Yiddish ראָוזי וואַטע


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C: Family Trees, The Longfather - Tree of Master Samwise
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "Later Events concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter III: "Mount Doom"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VIII: "The Scouring of the Shire"
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter IX: "The Grey Havens"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands)