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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    the people's #1
    Ian McKellen

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    most listed
    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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    Sean Bean

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    Billy Boyd

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    Hugo Weaving

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  10. 10
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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    - 97

    added by Charley Feldman
    Luke Evans

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    added by wiabux
    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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    - 105


    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

    ranked low on reranks & added by SamuelFalzon
    Shadowfax

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    added by Charley Feldman
    Lee Pace

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    - 89


    Graham McTavish

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    + 148
    - 83


    Peter Hambleton

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    - 85


    Dean O'Gorman

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    - 210

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marton Csokas

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    - 56

    added by SamuelFalzon
    Paul Norell

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    - 58

    added by SamuelFalzon
    Bruce Spence

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    - 47

    added by SamuelFalzon
    Mikael Persbrandt

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    - 89


    John Callen

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    - 98


    James Nesbitt

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    - 70

    added by SamuelFalzon
    Conan Stevens

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    - 97


    Adam Brown

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    - 96


    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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    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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    - 98


    William Kircher

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    - 215
    Shelob is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Shelob N/A

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    - 40

    ranked low on reranks & added by SamuelFalzon
    Mark Ferguson

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