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Halfast Gamgee

Halfast Gamgee
The Lord of the Rings Online - Halfast Gamgee.jpg
Halfast Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings Online
Biographical Information
Other namesHal
BirthS.R. 1372
ParentageHalfred of Overhill
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Halfast Gamgee

Halfast "Hal" Gamgee was a Hobbit of the Shire.


[edit] History

Hal was the son of Halfred, an uncle of Samwise Gamgee.[1] He worked for Mr. Boffin in Overhill, and often went up in the Northfarthing to hunt.

He had the reputation for his wild stories of things he saw. He reportedly encountered a "Tree-man" while hunting beyond the North Moors.

Sam mentioned this gossip to Ted Sandyman while discussing the queer news heard in the Shire around T.A. 3018.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name likely comes from Old English hālfæst meaning "hale and firm".[3]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Hal Gamgee lives in the town of Oatbarton in the Northfarthing of the Shire, which in-game is located within Evendim region.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
  3. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"