Best Lord of the Rings Characters

The Top Ten
1 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.

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.

Legolas was my favorite character before, but now, for some reason, it is switched to Aragorn! He is incredibly humble, so much history in him, and so courageous. He is very inspiring to the people of Middle Earth and people on the earth right now. He is willing to do anything to save his friends and everyone. He is not my king, but my god (ok I'm going a bit overboard, but hey, that's the truth when it comes to me :')) His speech at the battle at the Black Gates, the speech he gave when he got crowned king, and when he said 'you boy to no one' meant so much for me. Never gave up. On top of his virtues and his personality, he has super powers! He is extremely skilled with the sword, even the actor used an actual iron sword to film it. If his sword was a lightsaber, I'm pretty sure that he would've killed Palpatine so easily. He took like a thousand orcs with no problem. I am constantly looking for somebody that was his personality but this is impossible in the real world...

I think Aragorn is a great character in the books AND the movies even though he is pretty different between them. He's humble, brave, and extremely loyal; and Viggo Mortensen did a stellar job with his complex character. He gets even better if you read the Appendices in LOTR. His dad died when he was 2, so he goes to live with Elrond and he thinks he's his kid until he gets "the talk". Like one day after he finds out he isn't Elrond's son, he meets Arwen and falls in love, then leaves to go kill bad guys with Gandalf. Overall it is a super cool story that really adds to Aragorn's character.

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.

2 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.

I LOVE LEGOLAS! and he always seems so calm (he needs to teach me) he can take out so many enemies at once by himself and jumping barrel to barrel while shooting orcs-I mean that's insane!

Ok.. to the person who says 'we know nothing about him', that is one of the things I personally love about him. He's not my FAVORITE character (that would go to Boromir), I still absolutely adore his character, and the fact that we don't know a lot about him, my FAVORITE characters are those that you really need to dig deep to find a lot about them... you could really apply this to any book or movie.

Of course Legolas , he is one of the most classic characters in the film history , his gentle image and kind personality but also very powerful and brave .Always love him so much .

Was cool in LOTR, and was even cooler in the Hobbit. For those of you who say he shouldn't have been in the Hobbit, the only reason he wasn't in the book is because Tolkien wrote it before LOTR. He is from Mirkwood, so it makes perfect sense for him to exist. Besides, you CANNOT argue with him jumping from barrel to barrel shooting orcs. You just can't. Definitely 3rd best character.

3 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.

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!

How could somebody NOT vote Gandalf. He is extremely wise and if any evil lurks he investigates and tries to stop it! He is very powerful, has an awesome horse, staff, sword, and hat. He fought SAURON HIMSELF in The Hobbit movies, and fought the Balrog, died, and came back EVEN MORE POWERFUL than before. He led the fellowhip and the thirteen dwarves, he convinced Bilbo and Frodo to go on their adventures, he's like 30000 years old, he's allied with the great eagles, and has respect of almost all of the races in Middle Earth. Go Gandalf!

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Best quote ever. He also defeats the balrog. Aragorn is amazing, just not as good as gandalf. Gandalf is the ultimate. He really longs for peace, but doesn't even hesitate to fight. His character was so good that Harry potter copied off of him and made dumbledor.

One of Tolkien's most developed characters in my opinion. He is extremely powerful, the extent of which is not known initially. Yet also has weaknesses, such as temptation and anger. However he usually makes the right decisions, regardless of the danger and difficulty.

4 Sam

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: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we R.It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... And it's worth fighting for.

Whenever I ask my friends who their favourite Lord of the Rings character is, they always say Frodo. I believe the best character is Sam, because Sam is very kind and he encourages Frodo to keep going on the mission. While Frodo is way too weak to walk up a mountain, Sam always has the strength to carry Frodo up a mountain while wounded, and is always willing to protect Frodo and be by his side. Frodo would have never survived or completed anything without Sam. At the end, after Sam and Frodo get attacked by Golem and Sam ends up carrying Frodo, Sam just wants Frodo to throw the powerful ring into the magma to end the danger and despair once and for all. But stupid Frodo is too greedy to let go of the ring, and even after Golem and the ring fall into the volcano and Frodo and Sam are laying there as the volcano erupts, Sam way always by his side.

While all the characters have their merits, could any of them claim to choose friendship over the ring of power? Gandalf and Galadriel wouldn't even touch it, didn't need to in order to be affected by it; but Sam not only holds it, but he gives it back (even if he did hesitate a moment).

Not only that, but without him all the torment and death Middle Earth has suffered would have been pointless. Frodo would have kept it and the other characters would have been forced to hunt down their friend. The psychological damage that would have given each of them would have been tremendous.

Sam provided moral and physical support, but he created a standard. "Everybody needs a Sam" but not everybody needs a Legolas, Aragorn, or Gandalf.

5 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.

When I think of it gimli is the main reason for the battle between gandalf and the balrog. He suggested they go through the mines of moria. So you can thank him.

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!

Man, is he a badass little dude! He beat an elvish prince with only one extra kill! I'm telling you, he sure can kick ass for such a little dude!

6 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.

For all of you saying "Frodo is a wimp," "a coward," "he did nothing," and so on, think about it. Can you even imagine what it would have been like to keep the ring for a year? Sam was tempted after less than a day, so stop saying he would've been a better ring-bearer. There's a reason that Frodo of all people was entrusted with it. The whole point is that he was this little hobbit who had to go through such an enormous ordeal. If you missed that then you missed the greatest point of this masterful trilogy! Don't make flippant comments about the main character of a story that you love so much. Think about it first.

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.

Frodo had the purest of hearts and only he could have got the ring to Mt Doom and kept so uncorrupted by it nearly all the way. Of course all the other heroes had good hearts. But only Frodo could've done it.

Sam wanted to turn back at Rivendell. Sam was also bad towards Gollum (with good cause) and would quite easily have killed him. Frodo had to stop Sam attacking Gollum all the time. Imagine what Sam would've been like to Gollum if Sam was the ring bearer.

Even though Frodo knew Gollum wanted to kill him and take the ring, he was still kind to him and knew they needed his help to destroy the ring, even though the ring had its power over him for months. I know Frodo lost his willpower at the very end, but I doubt there was anyone in Middle Earth who could've dropped that ring.

Honestly not one of you can understand what he went through ohkay? Yes he acts annoying but you guys don't understand how addictive and alluring the ring was... It's like being thirsty and having water just in front of you but staying away from it because it is the right thing to do! He deserves to be the number 1 character! Also in the process of doing this ring destroying... He gave everything he was... Besides having such flawless skin and such beautiful eyes don't hurt...

7 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.

Gollum is the best. I love his split personality disorder and the way his voice is so weird. I love the way that Andy Serkis does his voice

Okay, I personally HATE Gollum, but one of my favorite characters is Smeagol. Smeagol is way better then Gollum. As Sam Gamgee calls them, Slinker and Stinker. Yes Slinker, no Stinker. I do pity Gollum, but I hate him. I like the SMEAGOL personality, no the Gollum personality.

Gollum is the best. The way J.R. Tolkien used him is genius. His multiple personalities, his twisted background, and his ultimate struggle between the ring, or Frodo. Gollum portrays the reality of human nature, we are greedy, and strangled creatures in need. He is the one of the most real characters in the book and movies.
I also like Gollum because of his Smeagle side. Honestly, even though his eating habits are gross, I can't help but feel bad for this character. I would befriend Smeagle in a heartbeat. He is such a confused little guy. He has good intentions, but eventually his greed gets the best of him.
Even though I like Legolas and Gimli very much, Gimli is hilarious, and Legolas is super cool; Gollum just surpasses them all. It always makes me so sad watching him fall into Mount Doom. :'( All in all, Gollum's character is so perfect, so round, that I picked him as my favorite character in the whole Lord of the Rings series.

When I read the books gollum was easily my favorite. But when I saw the movies the other characters weren't even close to his level. Not only is Andy Circus clearly the best actor, gollem clearly Has the most interesting personality, no one can deny that. Hunks with bows and dudes with swords, not very hard to find that in a movie, but gollum... I haven,t seen anything like that since. When Legolas bores you with his flat character (cause come on, perfect beings are boring) gollum is there to keep things interesting.

8 Pippin

Sure, Peregrin Took cal be a bit of a fool now and then, but he has a bigger heart than almost any fictional character. He is always there to stand up for others, even when it doesn't seem like it. Pippin is not only my favorite LotR character, but my favorite all time fictional character in any book I've ever read!
And let's not even mention that voice...
His love of laughter and the world around him is simple. He represents us. He finds the joy in life even through the hardest of times, and knows how to cheer others up.
That is why Peregrin Took is my favorite character. "What about second breakfast? "

You gotta love Pippin! He's cute and funny, but super brave! The development o his character over the trilogy is so good. Best character development among all members of the Fellowship. He's the very embodiment of Tolkien's quote - "It is not the strength of the body, but the strength of the spirit." I honestly love reading and watching The Two Towers and RotK only because Pippin has such a huge part in them. The scenes when he bonds with Faramir and later tries to save Faramir always chokes me up! Overall. Pippin is love, Pippin is life <3 And hands down, Billy Boyd did a brilliant job. I couldn't have come up with a better casting.

Ah, I love Pip. He's definitely my favorite character. Mischievous, kind, innocent, and definitely comic relief in a few places. But that's not what I like the most. Pippin was a young hobbit in a big war. He was even younger than a Frodo, Sam, and Merry. The fact that his courage and sureness of what he was doing was unwavering is amazing to me. Pippin is an amazing and underrated character, and the fact that he threw his youth away to fight is incredible. Go Pip!

I learned about second breakfasts from Pippin. Just thinking about all that time I've wasted not eating 2 breakfasts! What a fool I was. Without Pippin my stomach would never have had the courage to continue to eat not only 2nd breakfasts but elevensies too! Pippin..A true hero. Plus he sings like an angel sliding down a rainbow.

9 Boromir

My personal #1, I LOVE Boromir, he just seems the most real to me, him and Faramir, anyways, but I like Boromir more than Faramir, not sure why, but I do, I will say, his death affected me more than any other character deaths, rest in peace Boromir...

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.

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.

He was clearly the most human of all the LOTR characters. There were points in the books where you'd hate him above all others. But in the end of the fellowship of the ring, we discover the good that exists within him. That was the perfect build up to his death which is by far the most emotional scene in all the books. The large number of dimensions to Boromir places him at the top of my list of favourite LOTR characters.

10 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.

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.

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

Despite being the main villan of the series, I think Sauron is highly forgotten. The only time you directly see his prowess in the films are during combat, which downplays his abilities significantly for those who have not read any of Tolkien's Mythos. For example, his full name is Sauron the Deceiver, and that is truly where his power lies. What I would consider his greatest achievement, The Downfall of Numenor, isn't even referenced once in the film. I still think that he is the best character from the films alone, though.

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.

The Contenders
11 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.

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.

When people say the main villain of lotr is sauron, they are correct, but I think the best villain/character in lotr is saruman, why? , I always felt he was the main threat in the franchise and he did more then sauron did.

Great acting, Sir Christopher Lee! #DookuIsCoolTooAndBaws The power that Saruman holds, though! Clever and cunning! He actually turns somewhat good in the end of the book, but the hobbits accidentally drive Wormtongue to kill him. FAVORITE character in LotR

Did you know that this guy won the best villain award? That's why he is awesome.

12 Merry

I think that Merry is one of the best characters in The Lord of the Rings, but is sadly unpopular. He is incredibly clever and cares very much for all of his friends. All of his actions go unnoticed and in the movies, he wasn't even the one to kill the Witch King of Angmar. Anyone who read Return of the King would know that he actually killed the Lord of the Nazgul and saved Eowyn, although she was the one that killed the Felledbeast.
Personally, I think that Merry is just the most underrated character in the series, although I love all of the others to death. I just think that maybe he deserves a bit more credit...

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.

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.

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.

13 Eowyn

Eowyn was literally one of the first strong female characters in modern fantasy. She is a daring heroine who fought against society's prevailing notion that women must stay at home while their husbands go to war, and she slayed the Witch King of Angmar. If you think about it, if it weren't for her(and Merry, of course) the whole war might not have been won and the Witch King would probably have destroyed Minas Tirith and then proceeded to get the Ring from Frodo!

Eowyn... IS NO MAN!

Nothing new from what everyone else said. Still- I AM NO MAN. She is one of the best characters, since she kills the Witch King, disobeys her father and saves her father's army, and refuses to give up, even though no one wants her to fight. And she proves them all wrong- she can fight. And well.
Just a few questions. How did Thuriel get onto this list? She was created by a movie, not by J.R.R. Tolkien- and that movie sucked! Her relationship with Fili is rediculous- she falls in love with him at first sight? They don't lead up on that relationship- its just like she sees him, and bam! She's in love.

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!

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.

14 Faramir

The most underestimated character. And completely ruined in the movies. He is an ideal for a human being much like Aragorn but a little more real. He is brave but humble, clear sighted, patient, caring and has a strong will and good innocent heart that was never tempted by the ring (this is in the books, the movies completely ruined the character). The way he was treated by his father breaks my heart every time.

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.

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.

15 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.

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.

A super brave character, and the original. He has an unintentional sense of humor, and is courageous beyond his race. He deserves more than 17th place, good grief.

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 think I'm quite ready for another adventure. Laugh out loud even when's he's old Bilbo is still courageous for an adventure.

16 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.

The most down-to-Earth, kind, perfect being. He should be farther up on the list.

He is just like really cool with an epic sword.

Best elf. I said what I said

17 Tom Bombadil

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.

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.

End credits scene- Tom Bombadil farming outside wiping sweat off neighbor walks by and says " wew sure is hot hot Mr. Bombadil".
That would've awesome because we would've he still exists in the middle earth universe

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!

18 Theoden

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.

I love this character. His "where is the horn in the meadow" siloquey is beautiful and how that last line still applies"how did it come to this? " He was a great king but was multi faceted and we saw his humanity throughout.
His "no man should have to bury his child" scene was devastating. Great character played by a great actor.

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...

Why does theoden appear twice? He was pretty cool though, and Rohan reminds me of Beowulf.

19 Arwen Evenstar

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

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.

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

20 Haldir

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.

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

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.

21 Treebeard

In the movies, when I heard the song, and saw them march on Isengard, I was brought to tears. Tolkien was trying to show the evils of technology with the ents, he said that he hated allegory. Anyways, if there were one creature in LOTR that I would like in real life, it would be the ents.

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.

The movies may have ruined him (one of the very few things they did wrong), but in the books he was such a great character.

I love treebeard! Especially because Tolkien based the ents upon Shakespeare's tragedy, macbeth. by the way he's just pure epic.

22 Bard the Bowman

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

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

He is in the hobbit. Do some research.

Bard was a badass, simple.

23 Radagast the Brown

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.

Radagast is such a fun and likeable character. I wish he was given more screentime.

I think Radagast is so funny, and really cool!

Why the movie make him look like an idiot?

24 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!

In the book was really amazing. True leader. True king. Very honest person.

He killed two oliphants with one single throw of a spear. Even Legolas couldn't do that!

Love how much he cares for Eowyn, he is a warrior to be proud of!

25 Balrog

It's 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.

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