Quote Originally Posted by Al. View Post
Good point for once rad, Yes nobility spirit was prevalecent thorough the stories, but having a extraordinary ancentry helps, that is why Frodo is the ring bearer and not Sam and also most of the time sam adresses frodo as his chief.
The deference Sam shows is simply that of a faithful servant to his master - Frodo doesn't have an extraordinary ancestry, just one which tends to display traits that are uncommon in hobbits, who tended to be petty rather than noble and self-sacrificing. It's not as if Tookish ancestry is needed for that though - while Sam is a simpler soul than Frodo he's good-hearted through and through - he takes up the burden of the Ring for a while, resists its temptations and is able to hand it back willingly, which shows considerable strength of character. And the Powers themselves recognise that, he's allowed to travel into the West in the end. So, one shouldn't see virtue and imagine it must come from some extraordinary ancestry - especially when the author indicates that the idea of the Tooks actually having such ancestry was 'absurd'.

For the record I think its linked nobility of spirit and heritage, that is also prevalecent in most lore just like Aragorn, Elendil and noble elves all share this.
It's certainly linked in Elendil's case, as in Aragorn's, but it's shouldn't be taken to be exclusive. It didn't always work that way. Aragorn and his ancestors where the result of Iluvatar's scheme to engineer an enlightened leadership for Men, paragons of kingly virtue who'd stand against evil, but that doesn't mean that virtue might not emerge spontaneously elsewhere.