Most Terrifying Lord of the Rings Characters

Characters that would be scary if you ran into them.

The Top Ten

1 Sauron 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 more.

"There is no life in the void. Only death."-Sauron

He strikes fear into the hearts of the people of middle earth.

His eye is just creepy. It's like looking into a black hole full of hate. - IronSabbathPriest

When I look at sauron I think of Saran

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2 Shelob

As an arachnaphobic, Shelob absolutely tertifies me. I'm really glad I wasn't in Frodo or Sam's place. - IronSabbathPriest

Nope, Nope, Nope, Nope and Nope. Still can't watch her scene. - EJ0602

3 Balrog

It might be kinda scary, but you have to admit it's also a pretty badass creature - evermxre

Also this is kinda offtopic but am I the only one who thinks marvel used the balrog as inspiration for surtur in thor ragnarok? - evermxre

Freaky son of a biscuit

It looks like Lucifer himself!

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4 The Witch King

Pretty scary. I like the dragon he rides. - IronSabbathPriest

Unlike Sauron, this guy actually gets up and does something.

He breaks Gandalfs staff

He does not ride a dragon.Did you watch the movie with your ass? It's a fellbeast not a dragon!

5 Galadriel Galadriel Galadriel is a character created by J.R.R. Tolkien, appearing in his Middle-earth legendarium. She was one of the greatest of the Eldar in Middle-earth, and surpassed nearly all others in beauty, knowledge, and power. She was also the bearer of Nenya, one of the three Elven rings of power. In film, more.

She's quite scary when she's in that trance. - IronSabbathPriest

Hideous looking creature and so is the character

That woman can get in your head, like seeing all sexual fantasies you imagine right at the moment you see her :o

She's a maniac

6 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.

He's stronger than he looks. - IronSabbathPriest

Creepiest character I've ever seen. The ones that didn't creep out the first time they saw him have really brave hearts. - TopTener

Gives me the creeps. - ilar9118

He looks like a 3 feet tall 90 year old hunchback Asian lady

7 Lurtz

His general apperance is enough to make me run. - IronSabbathPriest

8 Morgoth Morgoth

Morgoth could probably look at any modern western villain and say "That's cute." Guy makes Smaug look like a pansy and Shelob like a box of kittens.

The more ancient the more scary. He is ancient

He's the best villain of the entire Tolkien universe but he's not from LOTR but from the Silmarillion. - IronMaidenFan666

Books only, not the movies.
Sauron's boss during the First Age.

9 Treebeard

I suppose he's too not scary. But you wouldn't want to make him angry! - IronSabbathPriest

10 Mouth of Sauron

Yes, this is so scary!

He should be number 1! He’s a dentist nightmare. - asantalo

He's the creepiest LOTR character ever, just look at those yellow teeth, that's so grose and his voice is so evil. - IronMaidenFan666

The Contenders

11 Barrow Wight

Being trapped in a place with wrath like creatures..? No thank you

12 Watcher in the Water

I could not wathc that scene

13 Ungoliant

She devoured herself just think about that. And she was able to overwhelm Morgoth if it wasn't for the Balrogs.

Just imagine Shelob, but bigger and creepier and spewing darkness. She has an everlasting hunger and went toe to toe with Morgoth for crying out loud. Scary to think of witnessing her.

Queen of all spiders, and grandmother to Shelob, but three times larger. Balrogs were created to fight her, but it took several Balrogs just to get a tie in the fight.

14 Bilbo

Anyone remember the Bilbo jumpscare? I know that I'll never forget it.

Hehe I always skip the scene in Rivendell with Bilbo's jumpscare...

15 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 has been portrayed by Orlando Bloom in the live action movies.


How is Legolas scary? - LegoGeek21

He’s not creepy at all unless your an orc
He’s pretty cute

Why is he here?

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16 Frodo 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 more.


17 Tom Bombadil

Books only, not the movies.
Intended by Tolkien to be something like "God's little brother", and more powerful than anyone, even Sauron.
However, he did not care about anything or anyone else, and did not get involved.

Tom bombadil is basically Tolkien

18 Aragorn 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 more.

Not scary. Go away trolls.

Aragon, son of a arathorn is a fictional character from J.R.R Tolkien's legendarium

Really people. Really. HOW DA HECK IS ARAGORN SCARY -_- first I thought y’all were blind when some peeps said Legolas was scary but now I’m thinking you all need surgery...ON YOUR BRAIN DIS TIME -_- - Ash_lovesLOTR

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20 Feanor

Eru help you if you get between him and a Silmaril. This guy killed his own kin to get them back!

21 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.
22 Gandalf the Grey Gandalf the Grey 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 more.

Only when he is angry.

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