The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

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List Criteria: Only characters from the Lord of the Rings books and films.

The best characters from The Lord of the Rings universe including all book and movie versions. These are all the best Lord of the Rings characters, here for you to vote on and add to. Some of the best characters in literature and cinema have come from the adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, and now you can vote on the top LOTR characters of all time.

The best LOTR characters are a mix of heroic warriors, tragic heroes, and classic villains all brought together in a classic quest for power and the struggle that ensues as good seeks to triumph over evil. Whether you're a fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" series or a new fan of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy or the newer The Hobbit films, this is the place to voice your opinion on who you think the greatest Lord of the Rings characters are.

Make sure to upvote your favorite Lord of the Rings characters, and add any of the greatest LOTR characters that we might have missed. From you favorite famous character from Lord of the Rings, to the more minor, but still great characters (some of which have awesome names), upvote all the best on this LOTR character list.

And if you're a fan of Tolkien's style of writing, make sure to check out the rest of the best fantasy writers.
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    Ian McKellen

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    Viggo Mortensen

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    Orlando Bloom

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    John Rhys-Davies

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    Sean Astin

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    Ian Holm

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    Billy Boyd

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    Sean Bean

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    Hugo Weaving

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    Cate Blanchett

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    David Wenham

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    Dominic Monaghan

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    John Rhys-Davies

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    Andy Serkis

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    Karl Urban

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    Elijah Wood

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    Richard Armitage

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    Bernard Hill

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    Christopher Lee

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    Miranda Otto

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    Liv Tyler

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    Sala Baker

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    Andy Serkis

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    Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Craig Parker

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    Luke Evans

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    Sylvester McCoy

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    Balrog is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Balrog N/A

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    Ken Stott

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    Aidan Turner

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    Shadowfax is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

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    Shadowfax

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    Tauriel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Tauriel

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    Lee Pace

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    Graham McTavish

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    Peter Hambleton

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    Marton Csokas

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    Dean O'Gorman

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    Paul Norell

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    Mikael Persbrandt

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    Bruce Spence

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    John Callen

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    James Nesbitt

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    Conan Stevens

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    Jed Brophy

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    Adam Brown

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    Bombur is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Bombur

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    Gríma Wormtongue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

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    Gríma Wormtongue Brad Dourif

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    Mark Ferguson

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    Shelob is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

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    Shelob N/A

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    Gwaihir is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

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    Gwaihir

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