On Mother’s Day, I am thinking about how many characters in Tolkien’s legendarium are motherless. Feanor, Aragorn and Frodo lost their mothers. Sam only ever mentions his “old gaffer.” Perhaps Rosie Cotton is the best and tenderest example of motherhood Tolkien gives us. In his letters, Tolkien wrote, “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.” I hope that all of the moms in GHG find the perfect balance between home and adventure! Happy Mother’s Day!