Best Lord of the Rings Characters
The Top Ten
he can shoot like 5 arrows at once! amazing.
the greatest guy in the LOTR and never gets hurt when ever everybody is hurt and startled he just deals with the problem - roblist
The Best Character! Orlando, you did amazing job! Thank you!
Yay! NUMBER ONE! - TheFourthWorldV 249 Comments
ARAGORN IS THE BEST CHARACTER! He's so noble yet humble, and I just love how he is portrayed throughout the books and movies *_* Sam is a good one, but my favorite is Aragorn. There's so much depth to his character. The changes he makes throughout the series are really nice, too---very well-written and realistic. I like seeing the transformation from a humble wandering ranger unwilling to accept his true destiny to a really confident leader and king. I think he's a character that a lot of readers can relate to on one level or another. He's not only my favorite LOTR character, but my favorite literary character of all time.
Clearly the best! I mean he's the KING for crying out loud! And he's still humble and saves practically everyone - Would've gone for Theoden also because he is just so god in the 2nd film :) and also legolas is just amazing! Crazy arrow-shooting-see you from miles away- skills :D but ARAGORN wins hands down! - Misskaycee
Aragorn is the High king of Gondor and Arnor, is the greatest swordsmen ever, and is an the last of the Dunedain. Can not get any better.
He's so hot!V 107 Comments
YOU SHALL NOT PAAAAASSSS!
He is the greatest he killed a balrog you know you shall not pass. He came back as a white wizard remember at dawn look to the east
Gandalf is the greatest, wisest, strongest, and with no doubt the most powerful character of all. He killed a balrog, came back to life even stronger than before, and he is a maia which means and if you read the books you can read that before gandalf came in a human form he was more powerful than ever and he helped create earth. So gandalf is with no doubt the best character ever!
Gandalf is hilarious and charmingV 75 Comments
I'll start off by saying... Legolas.. Really? By movies purely he isn't even a character, oh he can shoot arrows very well. That's a complex interesting character right there. While I also love Gandalf and Aragorn the unsung hero of lord of the rings is Sam. 'Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam' The ending of Fellowship, heartbreakingly beautiful when Sam swims out. The ending of the two towers, purely inspirational speech from Sam. 'BUT I CAN CARRY YOU! ' Outstanding. Sam makes up the finest moments of the trilogy, not the epic battles, the bad ass Mumakil fight or how many arrows you can shoot. While these are all great it's about friendship, loyalty and hope in overwhelming odds and Sam makes up all these traits about why I love Lord Of The Rings. - kevinmurphy
Nice comment. I often forget how important Sam was to the whole outcome, and you've reminded me of the incredible odds he overcame to bail Frodo out of the many awful situations they both had to endure. Sam is a true hero, and the rest of our heroes from this great story will hold him in the highest regard forever - Ned964
First of all, Sam comes across as a real man more than any of the other characters. He is noble, kind, unassuming, and is the only character that I feel I would really like to have as a friend. In the end, Sam marries an awesome woman, settles down to a comfortable life, and has kids. What other character can lay claim to such a happy life, and who could deserve it more?
He is the real hero and you know it! He deserves #1. He saves Frodo a lot! And he manages to not be consumed by the powers of the ring! - eminemloverlyricdude
Sam is my favorite character. He doesn't shoot arrows or have a sword that he uses to fight. When Mary and Pippin get daggers, he gets a rope. He is so loyal to Frodo and wouldn't let him get hurt ever. He almost drowns for Frodo. He spies on a council meeting to make sure Frodo is alright. His best friend is a hero, but he isn't jealous about it. He sticks with Frodo for so long and the ring doesn't have an effect on him because he is so loyal and kind.V 96 Comments
There is no way that anyone in the entire trilogy can compare to what Frodo went through. He had the ring for 13 MONTHS and only till the very end did it finally control him. All of the other characters were consumed by the ring the second they saw it but what did Frodo do when he was first given the ring? TRIED GIVING IT BACK TO GANDALF. Frodo is the reason Middle earth was saved and I know that everyone contributed something into it, but Frodo had the most challenging, most intense, mission that should really be called a suicide mission! Frodo all the way
I love Frodo! I can't see what there is to hate about him, he was brave, smart, and super kind! He has the ring for A YEAR before it finally overtook him, while others seemed to go crazy the instant they saw it. He was super strong for it, and everything he did later in the series was purely the evil of the ring. His bad actions seem to overshadow his good ones, like all the kindness and happiness he showed when he had just got the ring. He is the true hero of the series, and although everyone had their own part in it, if it weren't for Frodo Middle-Earth would probably be doomed.
I find that I can relate to Frodo a lot and I know how it feels to go through something like the journey he went on. He never gives up and he's just amazing. His friendship with Sam reminds me a lot of the friendship I have with my best friend. All in all he's my favorite character ever and the fact that he's really hot is pretty awesome as well
Frodo’s secret nickname was Josh aka QT of the Shire ❤️V 48 Comments
Gimli is the best character because he's stocky, short, and stubborn. Also he's a bad ass and tried to destroy that ring with his axe when everyone told him he couldn't he did it anyway. Lastly he has an awesome beard, hands down that makes him tons better than a hairy footed hobbit who can barely control himself from putting on that ring.
he is a dwarf. how can he not be the best
He's kick ass and even though he's small he's powerful man!
Nobody tosses a dwarf. - LordDovahkiinV 23 Comments
What makes Sauron a compelling villain is that we don't know a lot about him and he never really directly appears, but we always see his influence. He was very smart in planning the downfall of his enemies and there are many points in the story in which Sauron could've won. He knew no one would ever willingly destroy the ring because it would corrupt the ring bearer and they would be unwilling to get ride of it. He had a much larger army than his enemies and it was so big that eventually his superior numbers would overwhelm his enemies no matter how long it took. Aragorn winning battles was just prolonging their inevitable defeat. He declared war on Middle-Earth without the ring. He was not afraid of his enemies and would not stop until he had permanently defeated as completely destroyed them. He was a real threat to all of Middle-Earth. That's an important part. He's a real threat. He can and will destroy his enemies unless the ring is somehow destroyed which should be impossible. ...more
I would like to point out to a comment below that the reason he didn't want to have aragorn and sauron fight at the end of the last movie was because he felt it was too different from the book and it missed the point. That scene was about aragorn's sacrifice and if he fought sauron it would be more about aragorn's personal glory. Also sauron didn't die at any point. In the first movie we see him separated from the ring and that didn't kill him. Sauron was no coward. He declared war on his enemies before he had regained his full power. I think the reason he wasn't at the final battle is because he didn't need to be. His vast army was more than enough to crush aragorn's much smaller force.
He is so cool. To bad he dies in the beginning of the battle at the black gate. 3rd best guy in the movie. Am I the only one who likes this guy?
Oh no, you are not alone. A think a great bad guy makes a movie work, and this is one of the baddest ever. - Ned964
Even though Sauron's physical form "died" at the end of the Lord of the Rings, because he is a Maia, he will never officially die. I truly love this character because of how evil he is powerful and of course BADASSV 21 Comments
I love Pippin! He always has a smile on his face. He manages to see the best in everything. I think he is the character with the most soul and heart. He has such a great sense of honor. And his almost idiotic sense of curiosity is utterly endearing.
Pippin is just simply the best character! He's comical and funny. Both he and Merry. They just those characters who's don't need to be any smart. They are just perfect like that! If Pippin wouldn't be in Lord of The Rings there wouldn't be any funny! He's just best!
This guy is the best, in the books and the movies! Merry is also really cool, but Pippin is better. He's also funny. He should carry the ring.
I love Pippin, but I still think Sam should be #1. Sam is the real hero! - SilverswiftV 26 Comments
Are you serious? As far as characters go, Gollum is simply the best. Looking at him from a critical eye, he is not just your average black character or white character. Gollum has a split personality which makes him a really good character. Also he has a very different speech to other characters, I mean I still can't believe he is so low down in the list.
Come on... Gollum has the most potential as a character throughout. Not only does he have a gripping emotional backstory and a tragic personality, but he is the one character that really enhances the journey to Mordor. And by the way, the dude that voted Saruman and said that he's the 'same guy as count dooku close enough', eat my turd. Two completely different characters, and you can't vote a character because the actor played a cool villain in a DIFFERENT damn MOVIE.
Gollum is by far number 1! It's so rare when you get such a messed up character to be so funny! I like the arguments Gollum has with himself because it shows you how difficult he finds living with himself which makes us feel sympathy for him. At the end I admit he went mad and lost all the things which made him funny but I cried when he died (saddest moment of any film). But Gollum is the best character of any film or book or T.V. series ever (yes even better Dobby out of Harry Potter)!
My precious!V 51 Comments
He falls off a building and is the same guy as count dooku close enough
Why is Saruman so low on the list? He is interesting, relatable, and very active in the story. Christopher Lee does an excellent job of bringing him to life in the films too.
Did you know that this guy won the best villain award? That's why he is awesome.
I just love his transition of so powerful to nothing. - Gud_SpudV 12 Comments
One of the most underrated characters, in the books and in the movie as well. Amazingly smart for a Hobbit who was never to leave home before the Ringquest; I can recall three times throughout the story when his good ideas saved the day and I'm sure there were more cases of that. He fought the Nazgul king and survived; sure Eowyn did the ultimate killing part, but probably wouldn't have done it without his help. - saaarsdej
He is third wheel to the rest and the stuff he does always goes unnoticed, he was probably smarter than Legolas and was a better warrior than Aragorn considering his size and the fact that be had never fought before in his life.
Best character most clever character and best actor wow I could give him a lot awards sadly he is very underrated and I bet the only reason Legolas is first is because only girls vote for him they say he is hot but I think they just want to look like him. - Calebng
Merry is the most studious, intelligent and observant of the hobbits. He is also the cleverest of all the characters in the trilogy and proved his knowledge over Pippin when he interacted with the Ents and was already familiar with their species and way of life. He collected his information, purely, from general knowledge and books. He is also selfless and proved this virtue when he slayed the Witch King for Eowyn and his friends.V 10 Comments
He's really the main antagonist of the story if you think about it: He was the one who captured and tortured Gollum to find the location of the ring, he was the one who traveled all the way to The Shire and relentlessly pursued Frodo for several weeks from Bree to Rivendell, he was the one who gave Frodo the wound he would never truly recover from, he was the one who gathered and organised the armies of Mordor, he was the one who led them in the Battle Of The Pelennor Fields, he was the first and only enemy to pass through the gates of Minas Tirith, he was the only one able to challenge Gandalf in single combat (the Balrog was also a maiar so it doesn't count), he was the one who killed Theoden, the list goes on..
He's a boss that rides a dragon, leads a group of shadow people, has 3 different/powerful weapons, had his own Nation (Angmar), and just look at that crown. Witch-King is awesomest.
Epic! His sword can turn to fire and break a wizard staff he even rides a winged steed. I think he is the best character in the movie and the book.
Have you seen his flail it’s badassV 18 Comments
One does not simply put Frodo on top of Boromir on a top tens list.
Boromir is epic. He may seem corrupted, but in the end he fights his temptation for the ring, and basically saves Merry and Pippin in the end, selflessly giving his life to protect them as best he can. As he fearlessly battled many urks, he was shot in the chest. He stumbled to his knees. Once recovered from shock, he got up and kept swinging. Shoom! Another arrow - this time to the heart! Once again on his knees, he looked up and saw the hobbits. With a reason to keep battling, he continued to slay urk-hai. And suddenly, once again, he was on his knees, yet again impaled by an arrow. Now, with three arrows in his torso, he finally gave up. But he still lives for like three minutes! And as he lay there dying, he inspired Aragorn to fight. Without Boromir, the fellowship may have failed.
He's a great character he has depth you don't see with many other characters in the films or books. He is deeply flawed and troubled yet immensely powerful as a combatant and has a great desire to do good even if it is slightly misguided at times.
Many amazing actors in the series but Sean Bean tops the list for me, in-turn making Boromir the best character for meV 21 Comments
THE ORIGIONAL HOBBIT AND THE BEST GET OVER THE MOVIE - djperth
Bilbo didn't really strike me as awesome until The Hobbit came out. He turns from a girly little hobbit to a bold, courageous, and loyal champion
I see how Bilbo is better than frodo. Though Bilbo is also mean to gandalf he and frodo both fell to the ring and were mean to Sam and gandalf. But still Bilbo did kill more orcs and spiders than frodo. Frodo doesn't officially kill orc on screen.
Better than frodo and he and gandalf the only person make me watch the hobbitV 13 Comments
She's not all about beauty, she's one of the oldest beings in middle earth, is a ring bearer, and is very powerful.
Right, because beauty alone can make an interesting character. SARCASM!
Elves are cool. So is she. She is not a very round character in the story, but, well... She is not my favorite, but she deserves some respect.
She defated Saruon and the Ringwaits.V 14 Comments
Eowyn is the most epic character of all. She has the spirit of a true warrior, even though she is almost always prevented from fighting. Her greatest fear is that she might die without truly being herself. She fears a life in a cage, and succeeds in destroying the Witch King of Angmar with Meriodoc Brandybuck. She is no man.
If you've only watched the movies, then I understand why you would choose other characters over Eowyn. The best female character of the movies is Arwen. In the books, it's completely different. Eowyn is totally badass and deserves a higher spot on the list.
Eowyn is, simply put, fantastic. Without her, everyone (except for the villains) would be dead. Plus, she's the only female character in the entire book trilogy who wields a sword, which only adds to her utter awesomeness.
Hard to choose between her and Faramir. She's such an amazing character, and the movies don't give her enough credit.V 12 Comments
Master of the elves. Why would you not love him? Always has this serious look on his face but you can tell that he cares. His long black hair is super epic too and his robes are sweet.
He is just like really cool with an epic sword.
The most down-to-Earth, kind, perfect being. He should be farther up on the list.
So cool!V 2 Comments
He should be way higher on this list... Faramir is brave and noble but so humble at the same time. And I feel so bad about the way his father acts instead of being proud of his son.
Faramir is one of the most admirable characters in the series. His devotion to doing his duty to defend Gondor is amazing, especially when you consider the fact that he's not naturally inclined towards violence. The way he rises above his father's influence on him when he lets Frodo and Sam go is also really inspirational. While I love Aragorn, Sam and those kind of characters, Faramir is much more relatable than them. Most people aren't the heroes of big stories. Faramir is like ordinary people in that when he finds himself in the middle of one of these stories, he doesn't glory in it or make it about himself, but simply does what he can from the sidelines to the best of his abilities. Also, David Wenham's portrayal of him in the movies was awesome.
Faramir deserves to be in the top 10. Tolkien said that in terms of character develpment, Faramir was the closest to himself. Faramir was noble, kind (although many criticize him in the movies but I don't mind that) and did not submit himself to the power of The Ring. He helped Frodo and Sam on their quest and he was an excellent captain. It was really a shame the way his father treated him compared to what he treated Boromir. Faramir is the best, in my opinion he is better than Aragorn and Legolas.
Faramir is a way more important character than Boromir. Faramir has to go through far more than any other character and for me including Sam and Frodo.V 11 Comments
I absolutely adore Tom Bombadil! He is so powerful, and could probably rule Middle Earth if he wanted to, but he desires no such power, and lives a simple and beautiful life in the forest instead. Also, he could have taken the ring from Frodo so easily, he actually HELD IT IN HIS HAND, but he just gave it back to Frodo without flinching. Not even Sam was able to do that. Tom Bombadil is the physical embodiment of everything LOTR is about.
Bombadil is an amazing character, and even in the book was not revealed completely. Further research shows that Tolkien considered him something like "God's little brother", actually more powerful than anyone including Sauron, but caring little about anyone and not motivated to do anything at all about evil in the world.
Tom bombadil is a character that most don't know of. You are not a true lord of the rings fan unless you know who he is. He is such a cheerful little fellow!
My vote goes to him for his pure heart I mean because anyone that isn't him would be tainted by the power of the ring. - RoachV 4 Comments
He is a giant talking tree! You can't get much cooler than that!
Don't be hasty!
I love treebeard! Especially because Tolkien based the ents upon Shakespeare's tragedy, macbeth. by the way he's just pure epic.
I like treebeard as he is an important character to tolkeins trillogy. :-)V 4 Comments
Its a baddass demon of the ancient world. And is the coolest looking thing more so than any other on all three films. Welds a huge flaming sword and whip. Also it kills gandalf, well sort of. Would have been awesome to see it rampage at the battle of helms deep or somthing. By far my favorite character even though its time on screen or in the book was short lived.
Many people get the misconception that the gandalf is triumphant over the balrog, but what many don't know is gandalf dies shortly after of mortal wounds. thus though the balrogs death was played as showing gandalf as more powerful he is not. Also it is so strong no mortal can kill it. I mean come on there are like 7 immortal beings or maiar. so if gandalf can be 3rd the balrog should not be 20th.
She is the prettiest elf (person) I had never see! She is brave, lovely, give her life away for love. She is wonderful. - Legolasgreenleaf
She is beautiful and she saved Frodo from 9 of Nazgul by doing that water horse attack thing.
Actually if you read the book, she only summoned the water, Gandalf actually formed the water into horses
I wish there was an extended love scene in return of the king between arwen and aragorn. It would be awesome.
She is prettyV 4 Comments
He is a true knight and loyal to his people and his king. You can clearly see that he is born in the purple. A noble man, handsome and of course KICK ASS!
The best and most underused character!
Eomer is badass and most importantly, he is HOT.
Love how much he cares for Eowyn, he is a warrior to be proud of!V 3 Comments
He looks better when he is Gollum
Crucial to the story- he led Frido and Sam to Mordor
Don't we all wish that we can look as cool as he did when we get old. Leader of Rohan.
Why does theoden appear twice? He was pretty cool though, and Rohan reminds me of Beowulf.
Why is he so low?!
Théoden is bad ass. Why is he not higher on this list. Helms deep and the speech/battle at the end of ROTK.V 4 Comments
Haldir is Epic! He led his people to fight at helms deep, knowing that he and his brethren would be severely out numbered. In fact. Most if not all of the elves fell defending the keep while the men retreated inside. true hero
Yes! Haldir is a beast! He is so epic. It takes guts to say no to your friends when they need your aid (though he lets them through). Plus, he is epic in the Battle of Helms Deep. A True Warrior. - ohchizzitskriv
Yes I love Haldir. He is currently number two on my fictional character crush list number one is Legolas. MY ELVES!
Haldir is c9ol. Like his costume and he's my favorite elf.V 2 Comments
Main antagonist of first hobbit movie. He is still a strong orc.
HOW BRO HE IS AWESOME
So awesome they could be taken down by the best (aka argon)
They have cool voices!
Why the movie make him look like an idiot?
I think Radagast is so funny, and really cool!
He may be weird but he actually plucked up the courage to enter dol guldur. He was attacked by the witch king but made it out alive.
He is the steward of Dol Guldur and the right hand of the witch kings+he has command of over 100,000 Easterlings
Dude this guy killed smaug an unbeatable dragon bigger than him.
He's in the Hobbit people. Why are there dwarves in the Hobbit on this list?
He is in the hobbit. Do some research. - IronSabbathPriest
BARD IS TOTALLY WICKED! I LOVE HIM! HE IS SO COOL AND PRETTY DARNED ADORABLE! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH AND HAVE NO CLUE WHY HE IS SO LOW ON THE LIST!
Are you kidding? How is he possibly so low on this list?
He is Legolas ada
He is fabulous. King of mirkwood. What more do you want
THE WISESTV 1 Comment
He is so awesome!
Who the heck is Gil galad?
I know him, he is awesome
Gil-Galad was the king of the high elves and possibly the most powerful elf ever to live(Glorfindel, though), and although he was never in the film, he was in the Battle in the fields of Gorgoroth, aka Battle of the Last Alliance, and he and Elendil both layed down their lives and died defeating Sauron.(This was never in the films, but nobody claimed that PJ was completely lore friendly. In fact, he isn't at all.)V 3 Comments
I know that there's a Sam on the list already, but this one says, "Samwise Gamgee." and has a picture. He's easily the best Hobbit and never gives up. He's saved Frodo multiple times and is the greatest motivation for the entire fellowship.
Who can forget this brave steed that accompanied the Fellowship
The bravest and most noble of all the Lord of the rings characters
Bill is the best character ever!
Singlehandedly melted my heart
Brave and loving
He is a true lover of his people; he acts out of their best interest. He is brave and bold, especially when he has the Horn of Helm Hammerhand blow as he charges out of the Hornburg into certain death. He is also admiringly stubborn and knows he has a duty to the entirety of Middle Earth (aka saving Minas Tirith) rather than just what's within his own borders.
"Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn. Forth Eorlingas! "
Huh Bombur is hilarious. He took out a bunch of orcs in a barrel not really intending too. laugh out loud���"
Tauriel is not canon, she shouldn't even technically be on this list.
Watch her shoot! Legolas fancies her! She is the best warrior (excluding Aragorn) and she saves Kili the dwarf.
She is totally kick-butt! She's not the 'too pretty to act' Arwen- she's a warrior. love her!
She was NOT in the book tolkien 's books only movie only characters don't count. - RoachV 6 Comments
I think everyone is having some talent. So he's the best too!
He is a DRAGON. Dragons are awesome. No need for further explanation
How is he the worst
Fire breath baaabyy!
How is smaug 96? - wren6
He killed a Balrog. Not many other characters can claim that (excluding Gandalf).
Read the books. Glorfindel is the one who takes Frodo to Rivendell, not Arwen. They messed it up in the movie.
He saved Frodo, not Arwen.
PoopV 5 Comments
He's not in the book, therefore I do not care about him.
He doesn't feel if someone put a Sword into his body
He is the Uruck hai that killed Boromir. He is the strongest of all Uruck hai.
How sick is this dude... total badass. Shame he is not in the books...V 1 Comment
He is so awesome!
The first antagonist in all of middle earth and took down almost everybody he only lost because the valior teamed up with everyone else and he created the suaron the balrogs and the dragons also the werewolves he is just so powerful that even at the end when they subdue him he would come back at the end of middle earth, look the battle of wrath!
A great sport when he got shot in the leg
Kili deserves to be higher on the list.
OK guys, Kili is my favorite character of all time and I cannot believe he is number 46 out of 50! He needs to be higher on this list.
When tauriel is caught between Legolas and kili, "who should I choose? The pretty, suncatching Prince of Mirkwood, or this short, dragon hunting handsome rogue?
Fili is my faorite dwarf of all time and oh so handsome!
Who is he again?
I like his name
Good job, killing Sauron the first time!
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