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==Inspiration==
 
==Inspiration==
[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] noted that Gamgee is an uncommon English surname whose origin he did not know. It was also a word for 'cotton-wool', derived from the name of [[Wikipedia:Samson Gamgee|Samson Gamgee]] who invented '[[Wikipedia:Gamgee tissue|Gamgee tissue]]'.<ref>{{HM|N}}, p. 758</ref>
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In [[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings | Nomenclature]], [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] noted that Gamgee is an uncommon English surname whose origin he did not know.
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The name ''Gamgee'' appears to be Welsh, which should come as no surprise, because as Tolkien said: "many 'English' surnames, ranging from the rarest to the most familiar, are linguistically derived from Welsh (or British), from place-names, patronymics, personal names, or nick-names; or are in part so derived, even when that origin is no longer obvious." (''[[The Monsters and the Critics]]'' p. 167)<p> ''Gamgee'' is similar to a class of Welsh appellations like ''bralgi'' (a ragged fellow); ''brolgi'' (braggart); and ''llwfrgi'' (coward), where –''gi'' (pronounced ''gee'') is the mutated form of ''ci'' (dog). The literal meaning would be ''crooked'' (as in ''lame'') ''dog''.<ref>[[Mark T. Hooker]], [[The Tolkienæum]] (2014), pp. 203-204.</ref>
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<p>In a [[Letter to H. Cotton Minchin (16 April 1956) | letter]], Tolkien wrote that his "use of gamgee in assoc. with [[Cotton Family | cotton]], was like most of the Shire derived from childhood. In those days we called 'cotton-wool' gamgee," a word derived from the name of [[Wikipedia:Samson Gamgee|Samson Gamgee]] who invented '[[Wikipedia:Gamgee tissue|Gamgee tissue]]'.<ref>{{HM|N}}, p. 758</ref>
 
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