Sam becomes Mayor of the Shire
Event Type: Political
Age: 4th Age
Sam is elected Mayor 7 times, first in 1427 on the resignation of Will Whitfoot; then again in 1434, 1441, 1448, 1455, 1462, and for the last time in 1469.
During his tenure as Mayor he was made a Counsellor of the North-kingdom by King Elessar, and saw the expansion of the Shire by the addition of Westmarch, a gift of the King.
'Your hands and your wits will be needed everywhere. You will be the Mayor, of course, as long as you want to be, and the most famous gardener in history; and you will read things out of the Red Book, and keep alive the memory of the age that is gone, so that people will remember the Great Danger and so love their beloved land all the more. And that will keep you as busy and as happy as anyone can be, as long as your part of the Story goes on.'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 9, The Grey Havens
Will Whitfoot resigns. Samwise is elected Mayor of the Shire.... King Elessar issues an edict that Men are not to enter the Shire, and he makes it a Free Land under the protection of the Northern Sceptre....
... King Elessar makes the Thain, the Master, and the Mayor Counsellors of the North-kingdom. Master Samwise is elected Mayor for the second time.
King Elessar... gives the Star of the Dúnedain to Master Samwise....
Master Samwise becomes Mayor for the third time.
Master Samwise and his wife and Elanor ride to Gondor and stay there for a year. Master Tolman Cotton acts as deputy Mayor.
Master Samwise becomes Mayor for the fourth time....
The Westmarch, from the Far Downs to the Tower Hills (Emyn Beraid), is added to the Shire by the gift of the King. Many hobbits remove to it....
Master Samwise becomes Mayor for the fifth time.
Master Samwise becomes Mayor for the sixth time. At his request the Thain makes Fastred Warden of Westmarch....
Master Samwise becomes Mayor for the seventh and last time, being in 1476, at the end of his office, ninety-six years old.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring
Elena Tiriel 25Aug07