When the Fellowship is standing around waiting for Gandalf, Sam thinks he'll want some rope but decides that he can't get it. I don't understand why he can't. He is still in Rivendell; are there no helpful elves who could fetch some or is he too shy to ask? It works well in the plot to have him get rope from Lorien perhaps made by the Lady Galadriel. But, I would love to hear discussion on the particular aspect of Sam's character that prevents him from asking for rope in Rivendell.