Best Lord of the Rings Characters

The Top Ten

1 Legolas 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 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!

Legolas is the best character in the entire series, he is selfless and kind and I hate to say it, pretty! Orlando bloom isn't pretty but the character he portrays is adorable!

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2 Aragorn Aragorn Aragorn II, son of Arathorn is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He is one of the main protagonists of The Lord of the Rings.

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.

Simply the best

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3 Gandalf Gandalf

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!

He fought the balarog, and defeated it!

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4 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. - 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?

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 the reason why Frodo could even destroy the ring. At the end of the books, Frodo offers to give Sam everything he owns but Sam refuses; you can't find such a humble person in real life.

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5 Frodo Frodo Frodo Baggins is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, and the main protagonist of The Lord of the Rings.

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 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

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.

He is the personh who showed that great willpower can get you anything

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6 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 a dwarf. how can he not be the best

He's kick ass and even though he's small he's powerful man!

He killed one more orc then Legolas in the Battle of Helm's Deep

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7 Sauron 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.

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?

I just prefer the badass villans! Sauron is my favorite Lord of The Rings character no doubt about it! FYI,Boba Fett is my favorite Star Wars character.

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8 Pippin

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.

Pippin, the greatest of the hobbits. He's easily the most noble and daring of the hobbits.

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9 Gollum 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)!

Wicked,tricksy and false gollum should be number one just for his speech.

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10 Merry

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 so smart And funny, he is so cool! I like his crooked nose!

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The Contenders

11 The Witch-King of Angmar

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.

This guy doesn't really get the credit he deserves. Remember how Aragorn is royalty but he's been living as a ranger? That's because of the Witch King. And remember how Gondor hasn't had a king for the past few centuries? The Witch King did that too. - Torchpost

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12 Saruman 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.

Hell

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13 Galadriel Galadriel

Right, because beauty alone can make an interesting character. SARCASM!

She's not all about beauty, she's one of the oldest beings in middle earth, is a ring bearer, and is very powerful.

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.

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14 Eowyn

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.

I love Eowyn! She's so cute and has an awesome battle with the Witch-king in both the books and movies! - FrozenHatingPokefan

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15 Faramir

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 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.

He's so underrated compared to Legolas and Aragorn, etc. He is very brave and also doesn't get taken over by wanting the ring like other men would do.

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.

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16 Boromir

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

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.

Look guys, whatever you say, whoever you like, there is no doubt that BOROMIR IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING CHARACTERS EVER! In the book and in the movie! Sean Bean was the best Boromir EVER! And I will always love Boromir no matter WHAT! So all of you who say that he was selfish or corrupt, you don't know ANYTHING! He had to fight against the power of the Ring, at the same time he was always aware that Gondor, that Minas Tirith, HIS CITY AND HIS COUNTRY, were about to fall. YET he succeeded and his death was beautiful and heartbreaking. So you Boromir-haters, take your WRONG opinion of Boromir, and GO TO HELL WITH IT! As for the Boromir-lovers, my heart is with you all.

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17 Bilbo Baggins 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.

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.

So cool he puts up with being called Mr Boggins and dwarves invading hisd house

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18 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!

Literally the strongest character in the universe

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19 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.

The movie makes him look so weird

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20 Arwen Evenstar

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

I wish there was an extended love scene in return of the king between arwen and aragorn. It would be awesome.

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

She is awesome!

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