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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    Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

    the people's #1
    Gandalf Ian McKellen

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    Viggo Mortensen

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    Orlando Bloom

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    Samwise Gamgee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Samwise Gamgee Sean Astin

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    Gimli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Gimli John Rhys-Davies

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    Bilbo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Bilbo Baggins Ian Holm

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    Boromir is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Boromir Sean Bean

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    Peregrin Took is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Peregrin Took Billy Boyd

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    Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Galadriel Cate Blanchett

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    Elrond is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Elrond Hugo Weaving

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    Faramir is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Faramir David Wenham

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    Meriadoc Brandybuck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Meriadoc Brandybuck Dominic Monaghan

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    Treebeard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Treebeard John Rhys-Davies

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    Gollum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Gollum Andy Serkis

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    Karl Urban

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    Frodo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

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    Frodo Baggins Elijah Wood

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    Richard Armitage

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    Théoden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Théoden Bernard Hill

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    Saruman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Saruman Christopher Lee

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    Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Éowyn Miranda Otto

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    Liv Tyler

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    Sauron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Sauron Sala Baker

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    Andy Serkis

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    Smaug is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Smaug Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Craig Parker

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    Bard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

    added by Charley Feldman
    Bard 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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    Tauriel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Tauriel

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

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    Shadowfax

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    Thranduil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

    added by Charley Feldman
    Thranduil Lee Pace

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    Graham McTavish

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    Peter Hambleton

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    Dean O'Gorman

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    Marton Csokas

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    added by SamuelFalzon
    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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    Ori is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters


    Ori Adam Brown

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    Jed Brophy

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


    Bifur William Kircher

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    Gríma Wormtongue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

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    Gríma Wormtongue Brad Dourif

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

    added by Charley Feldman
    Gwaihir

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    ranked low on reranks & added by SamuelFalzon
    Mark Ferguson

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