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Elf of Rivendell - Rank 2
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journey to mount doom

On Frodo's journey to dispose of the ring in Mount Doom why did not Sam Wise Gangee ever try and steal the ring from Frodo as others had tried to do previously. 

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Sam was an extremely resiliant Hobbit that didn't want what the Ring had to offer.  The Ring isn't some all-powerful corrupting force that just tempts everyone.  It is selective, and it tempts through power, wealth, and command.  The instances Tolkien gives us where someone is being corrupted by the Ring (Boromir, Galadriel, Faramir, Gandalf, Sam) have been through an offer to overthrow Sauron and win glory.  If you don't want that or desire it, than you can resist the Ring.


Also, the Ring is selective.  In the Fellowship it went after Boromir, because he was an easy target for the Ring.  When Boromir was out of the picture, Gollum comes in, another easy target for the Ring.  If you don't desire the Ring, or what it has to offer, then it's not going to have a big effect on you.  There is one instance where Sam comes across the Ring's temptation, but he realizes the Ring is cheating him and tricking him, and he is able to resist it:
As Sam stood there, even though the Ring was not on him but hanging by its chain about his neck, he felt himself enlarged, as if he were robed in a huge distorted shadow of himself, a vast and ominous threat halted upon the walls of Mordor.  He felt that he had from now on only two choices: to forbear the Ring, though it would torment him or to claim it, and callenge the Power that sat in its dark hold beyond the valley of shadows.  Already the ring tempted him, gnawing at his will and reason.  Wild fantasies arose in his mind, and he saw Samwise the Strong, Hero of the Agem striding with a flaming sword across the darkened land, and armies flocking to his call as he marched to the overthrow of Barad-dur.  And then all the clouds rolled away, and the white sun shone, and at his command the vale of Gorgoroth became a garden of flowers and trees and brought forth fruit.  He had only to put on the Ring and claim it for his own, and all this could be.


In that hour of trial it was the love of his master that helped most to hold him firm; but also deep down in him lived still unconquered his plain hobbit sense: he knew in the core of his heart that he was not large enough to bear such a burden, even if such visions were not a mere cheat to betray him.  The one small garden of a free gardener was all his need and due, not a garden swollen to a realml his own hands to use, not the hands of others to command.~Tower of Cirith Ungol



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I think that quote says it all, and as it is stated there it was simply that the way a person reacted to the Ring depended from one person to another.
And in Sam's case, the attraction of the Ring was never enough to break his will.

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Yes I agree. Hobbits in General are resistant to coruption and add this to that loyalty to his master Sam would have found little temptation to take the ring. He may have known that he could not control it and only evil would come of him possesing it anyway.

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Elf of Rivendell - Rank 2
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Because he was just faithful to his master..And it's only the hobbits brave heart. that can resist the ring. It's not said anywhere but mentioned: The bravery of hobbits is what will decide the fates of us... I cant remember where its from though.

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Probably the main reason was becuase he had no contact with the Ring, or very little. When he did however he found that the Ring was rapidly taking over him. Perhaps he was not so strong at heart and only resisted the Ring's temptation becuase it was hidden away with Frodo.

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