I was reading the comments in a recent Reddit thread about this and figured I’d get a better discussion on this here (for a variety of reasons but particularly because the format is more amenable to discussion here).
In short the premise is that while Frodo is the ring bearer he could not possibly have made it without Sam. Not just a little help, Sam carries the day repeatedly.
More than that, and most interesting and something I never thought of before, Sam is one of only two characters to ever willingly give up the One Ring (the other being the enigmatic Tom Bombadil). All other characters who possess the One Ring never willingly hand it over to someone else. Not Bilbo. Not Frodo. Gandalf and Galadriel know better than to even touch it for a second.
I know Samwise was crucial to Frodo in getting him there but I never considered that in many ways he was the one most responsible for their ultimate success in destroying the One Ring. That it was Samwise who possessed the stronger constitution that not even Frodo had when it came to resisting the One Ring.
All that said it has been years since I have seen the movies and decades since I read the books so opinions?