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Born in Gamwich, later resettled in Tighfield
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Wiseman means either 'wise man' or 'fool'1

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Wiseman Gamwich

Ancestor of Samwise Gamgee

The son of Hamfast, who took his name from his traditional family home in the village of Gamwich. Wiseman removed from Gamwich, though, to Tighfield. He was the great-great-grandfather of Sam Gamgee of the Fellowship of the Ring.


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These two contradictory meanings arise - at least in actual English surnames - because sometimes the name 'wise man' was meant literally, but sometimes the name would be given ironically to an individual who was far from wise. This kind of ironic naming was quite familiar to the Shire-hobbits, so either interpretation seems plausible.

In reality, Wiseman's name was perhaps influenced by Christopher Wiseman, and old school friend of Tolkien's and fellow member of the Tea Club and Barrovian Society (or T.C.B.S.) during their schooldays, with whom Tolkien continued to correspond throughout his life.

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