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 of the Ring. In the live action movies of The Lord of the Rings, the character was portrayed by Viggo Mortensen.

Gandalf and Frodo seem like obvious choices for the best LOTR characters (and don't get me wrong, I love them) but I think Aragorn has the purest and most selfless heart out of any of Tolkien's characters. He is so humble, always wants to help others, and is fiercely loyal. A great moment that displays his character is when Theoden wants to kill Wormtongue for all the trouble he caused, but Aragorn reminds him that compassion is always the best option, even when someone has wronged you. *KING BEHAVIOR*
Anyways, I think he has some of the best character development, and is totally deserving of the #1 spot.

Aragorn aka strider has always been my favorite, first he's introduced as a badass drifter, then we find out he's a courageous warrior, then he becomes a great leader after Gandalf leaves temporarily, and finally he becomes the king of Gondor. not to mention, some of the best scenes involve him (even adrenaline pumping ones)

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...

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.

Legolas is a soldier without a kingdom. The elves are leaving Middle-Earth, and yet Legolas makes an effort to help it one last time. He is always calm and collected. His skills with the bow are unchallenged along with his battle tactics and quick, critical thinking. He is able to get past his racial quarrels with the Dwarves and become best friends with Gimli.

Legolas is and always has been my fovorite character, and every time I read the books or watch the movies, I'm reminded why I love his character so much! He's loyal, noble, intelligent, graceful, strong, wise, and skilled in battle, and yet he is still flawed. He runs out of arrows (in the books) sometimes doesn't quite understand how precious time can be to others, and can be too bold with his words. But despite everything he still a great character to read about or watch. And his relationships with his fellow hunters is priceless! Legolas will always be my favorite!

He the coolest with his bow and arrow abilities. He's the most versatile fighter and can take out tons of enemies single-handedly including trolls and olyphants. He's also calm no matter what, very brave as well. And think about it, he could have just stayed in Mirkwood or Rivendell and eventually could have left Middle Earth to live forever in paradise if things with Sauron got too bad, but instead he fought side by side with the free folk in helm's deep till the very end at the black gate even though he was most likely going to die both times

Legolas is number 1? Oh come on; we know nothing about him, he has no depth, and is not interesting at all. The character who deserves the top spot is Gollum; he is much more relatable, is more active in the story, and has an interesting backstory. In the films Orlando Bloom did a decent job of playing him, but need I mention he completely ruined the Hobbit? All the people who voted him up are just girls who have a crush on him. Vote Gollum up instead.

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 and the army of the West. He is portrayed by Ian McKellen in the live action movies.

Gandalf is the greatest opponent of evil. He resists temptation at every opportunity to take advantage of the Ring and become the most powerful being in Middle-Earth. His metamorphosis after his battle with the Balrog made him even purer, exemplified by his literal change from grey to white. He is truly powerful, but also honorable and loving.

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.

4 Sam

Sam is everything that's good about the Shire. Sam represents community and fellowship. Sam does everything he can to protect Frodo. Sam is the bravest character in the trilogy because of his innate willingness to help others by risking his own safety and life. And when Frodo leaves, Sam goes to a life fit for the Shire but continues Bilbo's and Frodo's tradition of a journey.

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.

5 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 West at the end of the Third Age. The character was portrayed by Elijah Wood in the live action films.

Frodo is the obvious protagonist, but also the most flawed character in the story. Frodo starts as the embodiment of purity and is able to carry the ring without many temptations. As the trilogy moves on, however, Frodo becomes obsessed with the ring and breaks his relationship with Sam. Frodo's underlying character trait is his innate caring for all creatures. He cares for and sympathizes with Gollum as they make their way to Mordor. Though some can't see past Frodo's corruption through the ring at the end of the story, he is ultimately able to rehabilitate from his previous obsession and goes off with Bilbo, who also struggled with the same burden.

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.

6 Gimli

Gimli is what every Dwarf should strive to be. Dwarves are focused on wealth and luxuries but Gimli is able to get past such weaknesses and fight for honor and the betterment of Middle-Earth. He gets past years of racial prejudice against elves by becoming best friends with Legolas. He is a caring, sweet, and honorable friend and warrior.

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!

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. In Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, he is portrayed via motion capture by Andy Serkis.

Gollum's(Smeagol's) story is the most tragic in the trilogy. He starts as an innocent stoor hobbit but was corrupted by the ring and forced to kill his best friend. After living for hundreds of years with the ring, Bilbo takes it from him. Gollum's emptiness must've been too much for him to handle. When He was captured and taken to Mordor, they tortured him for days until he gave the name "Baggins" and "Shire." Gollum's story is that of man vs. self, shown by his inner conflict between his schizophrenic personality disorder Gollum and Smeagol. He is Smeagol during the day when in conversation with Frodo and Sam but is Gollum when they are sleeping. In the end, Frodo's effort to bring Smeagol back to the front fails and Gollum takes over and then he dies in a bitter-sweet way.

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.

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)!

8 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. In the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he was portrayed by Sir Christopher Lee.

Saruman is everything that could've gone wrong with Gandalf. Saruman took the easy way out of conflict and decided to join with Sauron. Saruman manipulated wormtongue to his will and betray his own people and village. He plotted against Middle-Earth from the beginning and hunts down Gandalf and the Fellowship in order so he could keep power. He was blinded by his desire for power and failed to predict the obvious fact that Sauron would deceive him and use the power Saruman helped Sauron get against him. Despite his evilness, he is a well-rounded character and it was a tragedy that wormtongue killed him before he was able to help the Fellowship take over Mordor.

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

9 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.

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 trapped by having his Ring of Power cut off his finger. He lived in a shapeless form. Sauron was remanifested as a necromancer and after being banished by a group of elves and wizards, Sauron took over the mind of Saruman. They went out and searched for the Ring. Sauron was finally defeated in the War of the Ring.

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 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.

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.

12 Merry

Merry goes through a very similar character arc to Bilbo in The Hobbit. Merry starts off as a peaceful hobbit that is wrapped up in another's journey which becomes the turning point for his character. At the end of the story, Merry is a brave warrior, dedicated friend, and a loving hobbit that was able to make a real difference in Middle-Earth.

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.

13 Eowyn

She is DEFINITELY the BEST. She is beautiful, graceful, and brave. She fights the witch kings of Angmar and defeats him! It is contrary to Arwen, who just stays in her father's house and wails and wails about Aragorn.

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 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!

14 Faramir

Probably my favorite character in Lord of the Rings itself; Tolkien even referred to him as the character he most related to (correct me if I'm wrong). In the LOTR movies, he was shown to have tried to take the ring from Frodo, however in the books he was actually aware of the powers of the ring, and did the exact opposite. Also in the movie, Denethor seemingly hated his second son, but in truth he only preferred Boromir because he was weakened by the Palantir, and relied on Boromir to protect Gondor (also explaining why he was so devastated by his death.)

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.

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.

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, he has been portrayed by Martin Freeman and Ian Holm.

Bilbo has one of the purest hearts out of all the characters we meet in Middle Earth. Yes, he ends up being strongly influenced by the ring over time, but his character and love for his friends and family never faltered. He is selfless and brave, and one of his greatest strengths is appreciating the magic of home.

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

16 Elrond

Elrond's character is very static. Elrond began as an elf who valued honor and desired to destroy evil by throwing the ring in Mt. Doom, and he ended as an elf who valued honor and desired to destroy evil by throwing the ring in Mt. Doom. The most significant change he goes through in the story is the conflict between his daughter, Aragorn, and himself in the debate of Arwen giving her eternal youth to Aragorn. With all this said, Elrond is just a great character who offers little to deepen the plot, but is a character that furthers the plot and gives slightly more detail into other characters. (I just like Elrond because he was at the beginning when Isildur refused to throw the ring in the Mt. Doom and because he carries so much lore with him.)

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.

17 Tom Bombadil

"heed no nightly noises".
I'm telling that to my kids every night before bed LOL
But in all seriousness, Tom and Goldberry's entire existence is so wonderful. Their beautiful little house in the Old Forest is seriously like seventh heaven in my mind. He is so incredibly powerful, and I think his character represents the beauty and magic of Middle Earth.

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

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

Ughhh, I'm sorry to say, but all the reason people vote for Arwen is because she sacrificed herself (well he immortal life) for Aragorn. Willing to die for love. Uh no. Bad idea. In the movies, she at least helpedFrodo, in the books, she just lies there, waiting and blah. Compared with Eowyn, well you get what I mean

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

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.

20 Treebeard

Confession: when I was a kid I made my username "entgirl" on most platforms/games

I LOVE ents! Treebeard especially. He is a bit slow, but he is so loyal and has a deep love for his fellow ents. I have always been fascinated by the forests and trees of Middle Earth though, so maybe I'm a bit biased.

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.

21 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.

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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