First, the three Sams:
Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)--"Samwise" means "half-wise, simple," according to Tolkien
Samuel Beckett (Quantum Leap)--"Samuel" is Hebrew for "God has heard"
Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1)--"Samantha" is either a feminine form of Samuel, or is Aramaic for "listener"
And here are the lists of similarities and differences, though I'm not going to identify which Sams in each of these:
> Two are geniuses (in physics, no less)
> Two are sidekicks/support for the leader
> Two are male
> Two go on a long quest
> Two have moved back and forth in time
> Two recieved high honors for helping to save the world
> Two have exhibited personalities other than their own (I almost put "have been inhabited by," but you can't really say that about Beckett) ETA: JD reminded me that "Lee Harvey Oswald's personality basically inhabited Sam Beckett," so change this to > Two have been inhabited by personalities other than their own.
> Two have a girlfriend/wife at home, though their quests interfere with their romances
> Two work on top-secret government projects (all three, if you count the Council of Elrond as something similar *g*)
> And Samwise shares experience with both of the others--like Carter, he travels with a team for a while; and then like Beckett, he is part of a two-man team to save the world
Any other thoughts on the similarities between these Sams? Leave a comment!
ETA these thoughts from JD:
> All three are good, honest and true, and have faced innumberable adversities in their quest to advance the cause of good
> Two invariably refer to their companion as "sir"
> Two have flown experimental government aircraft