Best Lord of the Rings Characters

The Top Ten

Aragorn Aragorn II, the son of Arathorn II and Gilraen, is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium and is one of the main protagonists of The Lord of the Rings. He was a great ranger and warrior, and as Isildur's heir he bore the shards of Narsil, reforged and renamed Andúril, in the War ...read more.

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.

Fatherly figure in the Lord of the Rings Saga...sees the Hobbits time and again and makes sure they are safe while leading the group under Gandalf's Wise suggestions as well. One of the Best characters if not so.

Aragorn is amazing. Not as awesome as Sam, but still awesome. One of my favorite book series is Rangers Apprentice. And I am sure that the author, John Flanagan, got the idea of a ranger form a mix between Aragorn and Legolas.

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!

Legolas Legolas is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He is a Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm and one of nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. He has been portrayed by Orlando Bloom in the live action movies.

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

The Best Character! Orlando, you did amazing job! Thank you!

What a great character. Great job Orlando Bloom! He is such a loyal fighter.

Gandalf Gandalf the Grey, later known as Gandalf the White, is a fictional character and one of the protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He was an Istar, sent by the West in the Third Age to combat the threat of Sauron, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring ...read more.

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!

Way better then Dumbledore. I mean, he killed a freakin' BALROG!

Sam

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.

Legolas has more personality in movies than he ever did in books. In the books, he is just a hallow shell with no personality. The movies made him interesting.

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 so brave, and willing to go to the ends of the earth (quite literally) for Frodo.

If you think about it, Sam was the reason that the Ring was destroyed. Yes, Frodo was the one who carried it, and it was Gollum that (unintentionally) caused the Ring to be destroyed, but it was Sam that supported and protected Frodo. Without Sam, Frodo would have likely been killed by Gollum. Sam was so incredibly loyal and supportive of Frodo, and Frodo very likely wouldn't have made it without that support. But more importantly, Sam was never corrupted by the Ring. Think about that for a second. Throughout the entire book, Sam was the character that was in contact with the Ring for the longest period of time without being corrupted. Gandalf refused the Ring because he feared being corrupted, and many other characters were corrupted just by seeing or hearing about it. Yet Sam spent 13 months in direct proximity with the Ring, and was not corrupted at all. I think that speaks volumes about Sam, and about the personality that Sam represents. All Sam wanted was to tend to a healthy ...more

Frodo Frodo Baggins is a fictional character and is the main protagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. He was a Hobbit of the Shire during the Third Age. He was also a Ring-bearer, a best friend to Samwise Gamgee, and one of the three Hobbits who sailed from Middle-earth to the Uttermost ...read more.

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

Underrated. Not all hero’s are undefetable action figures with six pack

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

Gimli

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 so funny,and though prejudiced towards Legolas at first, they soon put aside their differences and become firm friends...so touching

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!

Gollum Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was introduced in the 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, and became an important supporting character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings.

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)!

Gollum is perhaps the most interesting character ever put to paper. His split personality draws the reader into his story in a way that other characters don't. The way in which he refers to himself in third-person is particularly enthralling, and at the end of the series he plays a very important role. Andy Serkis also did an excellent job of bringing him to life in the films. Gollum certainly deserves the number 1 spot.

Pippin

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! Pippin is awesome! He should be SO MUCH higher than this! He's hilarious, he has so much soul and heart. Pippin always has a smile on his face and always manages to see a good side to everything. And he's smarter than he looks. The movie makes him look so much more stupid than he really is.

The little hobbit hanging out with the older hobbits, also extremely hilarious.

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.

An absolute sweetheart. Fool of a Took, sure, but what he lacks in smarts he makes up for with his kind heart and selflessness. Also seems like a fun guy to get cross faded with.

Saruman Saruman the White is a fictional character and a major antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings.

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.

Saruman worse than a f-ing balrog! No way!

Sauron Sauron is the title character and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Originally a servant of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. Morgoth was later defeated and Sauron fled. He later came back to Middle Earth and took over as the new Dark Lord by using a Ring of Power. He was later ...read more.

Sauron's a pretty bad guy. Apparently. But without him the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit wouldn't exist. If you think about it he's actually the main character of both even though he is featured very little. He created the one ring to rule them all, thus HE is the lord of the rings. The story literally revolves around his creation. Even the Hobbit trilogies. Thus, the story revolves around Lord Sauron.

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.

Should have been shown more like him vs gandalf or arragorn would have been cool

The Contenders

Boromir

This actor is cursed. Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings; try and name one film where this actor doesn't die.

He was just the best warrior ever, died a brave death defending his freinds and people

The only member of the fellowship who doesn't seem unreasonably perfect besides Pippin. While everyone else is protected by plot armor, he makes due with his tenacity. Even while dying, stuck by arrows in vital areas, he continued to fight on. He knew his weakness as a man but refused to let that slow him down. In the end a man trying to fix his mistakes and make his people proud.

One does not simply put Frodo on top of Boromir on a top tens list.
One doe

Merry

The cleverest Hobbit. In the book he knew about One Ring before the great Jorney!

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.

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.

Eowyn

Everyone is always talking about how Arwen is so amazing. Arwen this, Arwen that. Arwen is an immortal elf, the beautiful, fair daughter of Elrond that was destined to have a life of power and beauty. Eowyn was simply a girl, a human, and she went to war. She voluntarily snuck into war, because she wanted to fight for her country. She went to war, even when Theoden and Eomer told her not to. She is a strong, independent, fierce, beautiful woman. Go Eowyn!

I came to this page just after finishing reading the chapter "THE HOUSES OF HEALING" in which it reveals a complete character, Eowyn. She is so fair and stern and is the one who stands before the great enemy.

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.

Bilbo Baggins Bilbo Baggins is the title character and protagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit, as well as a supporting character in The Lord of the Rings. He was the first Hobbit to become famous in the world at large, and was one of the few to visit the The Undying Lands across the ocean. In film, ...read more.

THE ORIGIONAL HOBBIT AND THE BEST GET OVER THE MOVIE

I like how Bilbo is the main character, yet he isn't perfect. (unlike Frodo! )

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.

Faramir

Faramir has to be one of my favourite characters in the Lord of the Rings books; peaceful by nature, he still fights to defend his home, yet unlike some, does not lose sight of his own values in the love of battle ("I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend" is a quote which many in today's world would do well to remember). Also, he stands among the few who came into close contact with the Ring, yet remain untainted by it; unlike his brother, Faramir is able to acknowledge his flaws as well as his strengths, and despite knowing what it could mean, both for his city and in his quest to gain his father's approval, he has the courage and conviction in his own values to avoid the temptation (and yes, one of my main, admittedly few, grudges against the film adaptations is that he is portrayed as giving in briefly to the draw of the Ring, when actually, he assisted Frodo in ...more

He's just INCREDIBLE. I feel so bad for him as well, having lived with his monster of a father his whole life...

He was also brave and he married the best female character in the book.

Faramir was awesome. Though he struggled to realize the big picture, he came to his senses and played his role. Did a damn good job too.

Elrond

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.

Elves are epic everybody knows that, king so cool

Tom Bombadil

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.

Arwen Evenstar

I think arwen is on of the best characters in the movies, in the books she doesn't have as big a part, but she definitely would be in my top 10.

So actually, Arwen is not in the books, and Glorfindel got forgotten because she took his place, BUT if you read the appendix at the end of ROTK there is the story of Aragorn and Arwen and after reading it I don't understand how anyone could ship Eowyn with Aragorn! Arwen literally gave up everything for a short life with Aragorn. <3333

She is the prettiest elf (person) I had never see! She is brave, lovely, give her life away for love. She is wonderful.

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

Theoden

He's just amazing...and really motivating...and a great warrior...and a great king...AND a great uncle to Eowyn & Eomer...AND just so good looking...

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.

Ride, for ruin and the world's ending, greatest speech ever

Haldir

Though certain death was immanent, he stood by man at helms deep. Ultimatly it cost him his life, but a badass character no the less.

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.

Yes I love Haldir. He is currently number two on my fictional character crush list number one is Legolas. MY ELVES!

Bard the Bowman

Dude this guy killed smaug an unbeatable dragon bigger than him.

He is in the hobbit. Do some research.

He's in the Hobbit people. Why are there dwarves in the Hobbit on this list?

Bard was a badass, simple.

Smeagol

He looks better when he is Gollum

Crucial to the story- he led Frido and Sam to Mordor

Radagast the Brown

he is just Radagast...the brown...with bird poop on the side of his face! what is not to like?

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.

Treebeard

He is a giant talking tree! You can't get much cooler than that!

Don't be hasty!

he is by far a top,5 at LEAST character!

Everyone loves him.

Eomer

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!

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