Functional Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Sam is forthcoming in all of his emotional responses, as things happen – there’s a dirty great root sticking in his back, and he’ll never be able to sleep out here; he doesn’t think much of Merry or Pippin’s antics in stealing Farmer Maggot’s crops; he’s not allowing Frodo to go anywhere without him, no sir!; he doesn’t like Gollum and forcibly asserts that on every occasion, attempting to control him and keep him in line. Sam is a generous, loving hobbit who serves Frodo with his entire heart, but he can also be overpowering and aggressive. He trusts his instincts about Gollum, Frodo, and the Ring, but doesn’t analyze his own motives or question his conclusions, preferring instead to act on them (inferior Ti).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Sam is sensible, practical, and detailed – the perfect person to see Frodo safely through Gondor. He finds it hard to let go of the past, and is reminiscing about the Shire long into their journey. Sam holds onto things from his former life, to comfort him in unknown places. He wants to return to familiarity and live a sensible, traditional life. Sam doesn’t crave adventure – he wants stability. He never forgets a transgression, and is able to focus Frodo’s mind on past delights just when his friend needs it most. Around Gollum, all of Sam’s warning bells go off. He not only comprehends the powerful hold Gollum has over Frodo, but how Frodo feels in return. He’s aware of the Ring’s influence over his friend, and is devoted to destroying it even if it means he’ll never go home again. In that regard, his intuition is right on the money – he tells Frodo the Ring is influencing him and changing his personality, that Gollum is manipulating him, and he quickly figures out that Gollum is framing him and using Frodo’s paranoia to drive them apart.

Enneagram: 2w1 sexual

Sam is driven to serve Frodo and take care of all his needs; he assumes an almost parental role, rather than that of a friend, in making sure Frodo has all of his needs met, with the expectation that Frodo will love him in return – when Frodo rebuffs him continually in Gollum’s favor, Sam becomes angry. His disintegration to 8 is more and more evident, the more Gollum taxes his emotions – he becomes violent, aggressive, assertive, competitive, and controlling, all in an attempt to keep the hobbit he most cares about safe. This comes in handy, because Sam often keeps Frodo safe – challenging the cave troll in Moria, standing up to Faramir, and killing Shelob to rescue his friend – not to mention charging into a tower full of orcs single-handed to save him. As a sexual subtype, he focuses intensely on Frodo as his “one most important person” to serve, and becomes jealous when Gollum threatens to impose on their friendship. His 1 wing makes him morally disapproving of others’ flaws and choices in life (he conflicts with Merry and Pippin at first) but also gives him a strong sense of duty in his service to Frodo.

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