The Return of the King

The Return of the King

by

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Rosie Cotton Character Analysis

Rosie Cotton is Farmer Cotton’s daughter and the hobbit Sam thinks of often when he looks forward to returning home. As the sister of Sam’s childhood friends, she’s known Sam a long time—long enough to tell him upon his return that he shouldn’t wait any longer to marry her. After the wedding, she and Sam move into Bag End to live with Frodo.
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Rosie Cotton Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Rosie Cotton appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 6, Chapter 8
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
...gather his friends. While there, he makes sure the farmer’s wife and daughter are safe. Rosie, the daughter, is the girl Sam thought of whenever he remembered home. Now she tells... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 9
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...Sam when he’ll move in to join him. Sam explains that he wants to marry Rosie, so Frodo tells him to do that and move into Bag End with her—there’s plenty... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...to improve after this, though in March he hides his illness again because Sam and Rosie’s first child arrives. Sam asks what to call her; Frodo suggests “Elanor,” after the flower... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Frodo asks Sam to tell Rosie he’ll be away for a week or two, because he wants Sam to join him... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...Buckland. Sam heads back to Bag End. The fire is lit and dinner is ready. Rosie embraces him and puts Elanor on his knee. Sam says, “Well, I’m back.” (full context)