Salt of the Earth by Lbilover

He teased Sam about the salt- roast chicken, indeed!- but only because his heart was so moved. That Sam carried with him in his pack numerous oddments from the practical to the absurd Frodo knew well. But the very notion that along this dark road they travelled any normalcy was possible left him with no defence save humour. Whence did it come, this bedrock of hope inside Sam that had him holding fast to a tiny box of salt? Impossible to answer. Frodo could only count his blessings that Sam Gamgee was, to his core, the salt of the earth.