Sam, Son of Hamfast (1C311)

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Sam, Son of Hamfast (1C311) is a Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title Sam
Subtitle Son of Hamfast
Unique Yes
Collectible Yes
Notes Lists: EXL
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity C - Common
Card Number 311
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Shire.svg Shire
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Companion
Race Hobbit
Twilight Cost 2
Strength 3
Vitality 4
Resistance 5
Signet Aragorn
Game Text Fellowship: Exert Sam to remove a burden.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

Lore “‘Oh, I've never held a girl's hand before. I... I think I might just have myself another ale.'”
DE - German

Game Text Gemeinschaft. Strenge Sam an, um eine Lastmarke zu entfernen. Reaktion: Wenn Frodo stirbt, wird Sam Ringträger (Resistenz 5).
Lore "Oh, ich hielt noch nie die Hand eines Mädchens...ich denke, lieber werd' ich noch'n Bier trinken.“
ES - Spanish

Game Text Comunidad: Esfuerza a Sam para quitar una carga. Respuesta: Si Frodo muere, haz a Sam el Portador del Anillo (Resistencia 5).
Lore “Oh, nunca le sujete antes la mano a una chica. Yo... Creo que me tomare otra cerveza.”
FR - French

Game Text Compagnie : Affaiblissez Sam pour retirer un point-fardeau. Réponse : Si Frodon meurt, faites de Sam le Porteur de l’Anneau (résistance 5).
Lore “‘Oh, je n'ai jamais tenu la main d'une fille auparavant. Je ... Je pense que je devrais seulement reprendre une choppe.'”
IT - Italian

Game Text Compagnia: Sforza Sam per rimuovere un segnalino fardello.

Risposta: Se Frodo muore, fai diventare Sam il Portatore dell’Anello (resistenza 10).

Lore “‘Oh, io non ho mai sostenuto la mano di una ragazza prima. Io ... Io penso che potrei prendermi un'altra birra chiara.'”
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S311.0
GEMP ID 1_311
LOTRO Hex ID 47 37 F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_311


One of the most common "splash" approaches to burden removal, Sam, Son of Hamfast can exert to remove a burden during the Fellowship phase. A "play him, exert him three times, then throw him in front of the Balrog" approach is incredibly common in almost any eligible format, as few cards are available to cultures that so easily remove burdens at a relatively low cost.

Some strategies focus on keeping Sam, Son of Hamfast alive, particularly with dangerous self-!corrupting alternate Ring-Bearers, such as Gimli, Bearer of Grudges or Boromir, Bearer of Council. Any corruption or burden based strategy must make Sam, Son of Hamfast a target, whether by directed wounding, or Helpless, a bane of Sam. It is worth noting that Sam, Son of Hamfast has access to several [Shire] healing cards and can be healed by Aragorn, King in Exile or Hard Choice, by the nature of his signet.

In decks running Frodo as a ring-bearer, Sam, Son of Hamfast is the obvious splash option. If Frodo absorbs too many burdens quickly, such as against Easterling Lieutenant and Vision From Afar, or takes burdens as archery or threat wounds quickly, Frodo can be the sacrificed pawn and Sam can take the ring. While trading off a lower resistance than Frodo offers, Sam can continuously remove his burdens each Fellowship phase, as long as he kept healed.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Corruption strategies
  • "Beasterling" strategies which rely on as few as two burdens

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Effects which hinder or prevent Sam's ability (Helpless, Throw yourself in Next Time or You Bring Great Evil)
  • Assignment abilities, such as those of Saruman, Servant of the Eye, Orc Assassin or Frenzy (If exhausted)
  • Directed wounding, such as Hate

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
LOTR-EN01S310.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Faithful Companion (1R310)LOTR-EN01S310.0 card.jpg Fellowship: Play Bill the Pony from your draw deck.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN02S114.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Proper Poet (2C114)LOTR-EN02S114.0 card.jpg Maneuver: Exert Sam twice to make him defender +1 until the regroup phase.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN04S315.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Frodo's Gardener (4R315)LOTR-EN04S315.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Fellowship: Play Sam’s Pack from your draw deck.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN04S316.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Samwise the Brave (4C316)LOTR-EN04S316.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Response: If a Shadow card is about to add any number of burdens, spot Frodo and exert Sam to prevent this.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN05S115.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Nice Sensible Hobbit (5U115)LOTR-EN05S115.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

While you can spot Frodo and Sméagol, Sam may not be overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN07S326.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Needer of Vittles (7C326)LOTR-EN07S326.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Fellowship: Play a Hobbit companion to remove a burden.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN07S327.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Resolute Halfling (7R327)LOTR-EN07S327.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Fellowship: If you have initiative, discard a card from hand to heal Sam.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN10S122.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Great Elf Warrior (10P122)LOTR-EN10S122.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Sam is strength +1 for each Culture Shire.svg companion you can spot.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

LOTR-EN11S172.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Steadfast Friend (11U172)LOTR-EN11S172.0 card.jpg Ring-bound. Each other companion is resistance +1.
LOTR-EN13S156.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Bearer of Great Need (13R156)LOTR-EN13S156.0 card.jpg Ring-bound.

Sam is resistance +1 for each Hobbit you can spot.

Regroup: Exert Sam and transfer a follower he is bearing to your support area to discard a minion from play.

LOTR-EN15S153.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Innocent Traveler (15U153)LOTR-EN15S153.0 card.jpg Ring-bound. While Sam bears the One Ring, he is resistance –4.

Maneuver: If Sam is bearing a follower, exert him to heal another Hobbit.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer.

LOTR-EN19F032.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Loyal Friend (19P32)LOTR-EN19S032.0 card.jpg Fellowship. Ring-bound.

While Sam bears The One Ring, he is resistance -4.

While you can spot 3 Culture Shire.svg companions, Sam is strength +2.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer.

LOTR-EN00W013.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Lover of Trees (0W13)LOTR-EN00W013.0 card.jpg Triumph - At the start of the fellowship phase you may remove 3 burdens.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (Resistance 5).

LOTR-ENV1S054.0 portrait.jpg
Sam, Of Bagshot Row (V1_54)LOTR-ENV1S054.0 card.jpg Each time a companion with the Frodo signet wins a skirmish, you may exert Sam or add a burden to heal that companion.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).​