Sam Heughan is confirming the origin of his name!
In a new interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kelly asked the 40-year-old Outlander actor if it was really true that his parents named he and his brother, Cirdan, after characters from J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings novels.
“Wow, you’re really digging me into a hole here,” Sam replied. “Yes, yes it’s true. My brother is called Cirdan. Those Lord of the Rings fans that are out there they might recognize it. I believe he was the elf that took all the elves from Middle Earth to wherever the elves go at the end of the book. He was the shipwright.”
Sam continued, “My nickname is Sam, for Samwise.” If you didn’t know, there is a character named Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings series.
“I wasn’t Christened that, but yes, my parents were probably hippies,” Sam added.
This isn’t the first time Sam has talked about his parents’ obsession with Lord of the Rings.
During an interview with Just Jared back in 2014, Sam admitted that his parents were huge fans of the novels and that they were actually in a band together called Gandolf’s Garden.
Earlier this month, there was a big update on the upcoming sixth season of Outlander!