Best Lord of the Rings Characters
The Top Ten
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.
Aragorn is such an complex character, so much heart but also so much skills in his fighting. His character story arc is also the greatest in the whole trilogy, start of as a strider and later become king. He also posses the legendary sword Anduril, which in my opinion, is very cool.
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
After a minute of debating in my brain, I have to give up and say that Aragorn son of Arathorn is the best character. Runner-ups include Sam and Gandalf. He's pretty much a perfect character, humble yet brave and strong. He is Isildur's heir. Combines the best aspects of other amazing characters. Sam's humility, the awesomeness of Legolas, and the wisdom of Gandalf. He also went through the most change and development, from a wild Ranger to the King of Gondor, Isildur's heir. Legolas is a great character, but it baffles me that he is second place. Like, he has barely any character development, besides his relationship with Gimli. I also love Gandalf because of his inspiration towards others and his great quotes, and Sam for his loyalty to his master and his speeches. - SpaceHazardV 114 Comments
he can shoot like 5 arrows at once! amazing.
The Best Character! Orlando, you did amazing job! Thank you!
the greatest guy in the LOTR and never gets hurt when ever everybody is hurt and startled he just deals with the problem - roblist
Legolas is my top favorite character in both of the epic trilogys because he is one of the high elves and a prince of Mirkwood. However, I don't like the crazy obsessed fan girls who just like him because they want to marry him. Hearing all of their pointless rants is very annoying. So in short all elves are amazing but Legolas just beats them. So GLORY TO THE HIGH ELVES!V 266 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!
Best everV 80 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
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?
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
Sam is the bravest hero in all of Middle-Earth, and he should be higher than Legolas. That's why I voted for him even though Aragorn always has my heart!V 105 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
The hero of LOTR: while a member of the weakest folk in the land, takes the task that every other listed character chickens out of: to withstand the better part of the power of the resident evil god until the very end. As a bonus (in the novel), he casts the spell that makes Gollum jump in the fire, so eventually he DOES fulfil his mission.
Note: search for "How Frodo Killed Gollum With the One Ring and Made the Movies' Climax Terrible" for more details.
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 wellV 50 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!
He is the bravest of them all! He is fighting bigger targets with a smile! He is ready to fight against all ods, he keep count and is a true friend!V 25 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.
He has always been my favorite character! Sometimes he's scary, and sometimes I just want to pinch his cheek...
Extraordinary character - iliekpiez
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.V 58 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!
But what about second breakfast. how many did u eat? four. why he not number 1. Oh I see don't be hasty
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.V 27 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
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 BADASS
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?V 21 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.
I just love his transition of so powerful to nothing. - Gud_Spud
Did you know that this guy won the best villain award? That's why he is awesome.V 13 Comments
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.
Only complex and interesting character - Iamchewbacca37
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.V 23 Comments
Um do I need to even explain...Merry is my spirit animal
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
Level/headed, wise, and brave, Merry displays all the best traits of a wonderful friend and advocate. He is often overlooked due to his small stature, yet his dedication and courage never falter. Despite not leaving the Shire prior to the Fellowship, his world view is that of one who is well traveled. His ability to take-in and act on the enormity of Frodo’s mission is critical to it’s success. Merry was the key to getting out of the Shire with the absence of Gandalf. He would be perfectly happy with not being one of the most highly ranked characters.
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.V 13 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.V 13 Comments
I like how Bilbo is the main character, yet he isn't perfect. (unlike Frodo! )
I honestly like Bilbo more than Frodo. - Misfire
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 championV 16 Comments
Can't believe he's not in the top ten... Faramir is one of the most inspirational characters in the series for me. Not because he's some fantastical race or brilliant fighter or special hero, but because for the most part he's just a normal guy. And he knows it. He succeeds in his own right, forges his own path on his own merits and somehow manages to pull it off. He shows that even if you're not born to change the world, you still have a part to play and can do it damn well. And he's just so humble about it, too - not trying to glory in his own achievements, but merely seeing them as contributions to a greater cause.
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.V 12 Comments
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. - Roach
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!V 5 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.
Elves are epic everybody knows that, king so coolV 2 Comments
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.
I am surprised she is not higher on da list. Y'all all crazy. She's got to be in da top ten. I mean, really people? Do you not see how she gives up EVERYTHING to be with Aragorn?! She is definitely one of mah favorites. - Ash_lovesLOTR
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 horsesV 6 Comments
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?!
Theoden is an underrated character in my opinion. He is one of my favorites, and here's why:
Theorem is one of the most real characters in the entirety of the books and films(up there with Sam and Boromir) because he is portrayed as a benevolent king who knows what is best for his people, and will do what he can to help them, but is willing to make the hard choices and will not be every subject's best friend. When it comes to the hardest decisions and choices a king would ever have to make, he does its with confidence, and can inspire his people onwards. His portrayal as a obviously good and inspiring king who does what is best for his people, and not what the people always want is why he is one of the best and most real characters in the LOTR.
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!
I though he would be top 20 (though he comes 4th on mine)V 2 Comments
I think Radagast is so funny, and really cool!
Why the movie make him look like an idiot?
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.
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!
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.
Personally, I hate Treebeard. I don't really like any of the Ents, except Quickbeam. He's just too slow for my liking. There's not much of a sense of urgency, even when he's roused.V 3 Comments
He looks better when he is Gollum
Crucial to the story- he led Frido and Sam to Mordor
He is so awesome!
Who the heck is Gil galad?
I know him, he is awesome
Last high king of elvesV 3 Comments
In the book was really amazing. True leader. True king. Very honest person.
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.V 4 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.
Was there at the begining, was there at the end, always a figure of good
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.V 15 Comments
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
Badass, looks epic, is scary, best gandalf, bich lady killed him but that was for pandering
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.V 19 Comments
Huh Bombur is hilarious. He took out a bunch of orcs in a barrel not really intending too. laugh out loud���"
I think everyone is having some talent. So he's the best too!
So awesome they could be taken down by the best (aka argon)
They have cool voices!
Honestly, Thranduil deserves to be much higher on this list! Although he seems cruel and cold hearted, u have to remember that he lost his wife and basically the rest of his family except his son Legolas. I hate how Tauriel treated him in the movies, she has no clue what he has been through. Heck he was scorched by dragon fire on his perfect face!
Plus he is just Fabulous.
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 wantV 2 Comments
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.
Yep he is epicV 4 Comments
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!
He defeated Azog 3 times, (one was actually Bilbo) and killed him in the last battle, though it cost Thorin his life. And you can see how big Azog is! He's a giant! Like 8 ft tall. And a small dwarf (I'm not forgetting that dwarves are powerful) killed him. I guess I should give a little credit to Azog to, though, for he did kill Thorin.
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.
He is the Uruck hai that killed boromir. He is the strongest of the Uruck haiV 1 Comment
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.
A great sport when he got shot in the leg
Kili deserves to be higher on the 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?
Main antagonist of first hobbit movie. He is still a strong orc.
HOW BRO HE IS AWESOME
Fili is my faorite dwarf of all time and oh so handsome!
Aside from Shadowfax, Brego is by far the best horse in the entire series! I❤️You Brego!
Who is he again?
I like his name
He is the steward of Dol Guldur and the right hand of the witch kings+he has command of over 100,000 Easterlings
Good job, killing Sauron the first time!
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