Much appreciated sir. Yes, that was the idea, that Sam is usually at work. As great a performance as Sean Astin gave, I still have a hard time picturing Sam as rotund. He just doesn't seem subdued enough. Sure he's unassuming and a bit quiet at times, but his dedication and persistence give me the impression that he'd be a tad thinner than his fellow halflings. I also think that he would be the youngest of the four hobbits. Nothing from the text really indicates this other than the fact that he seems more eager than his comrades and he mentions his old gaffer frequently. Just a thought.