Fantasy Movies The Best Lord of the Rings Characters  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
74.8k votes 6.2k voters 104.3k views 117 items

List Rules 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 main characters (and minor ones as well), 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 vote up your favorite Lord of the Rings characters, and add any of the greatest LOTR characters that we might have missed. From your favorite famous character from Lord of the Rings, to the more minor, but still great characters (some of which have awesome names), vote up 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.

1
2,471 537
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gandalf Ian McKellen

2
2,759 428
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Aragorn Viggo Mortensen

3
2,398 612
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Legolas Orlando Bloom

4
2,200 573
Samwise Gamgee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Samwise Gamgee Sean Astin

5
1,614 461
Gimli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gimli John Rhys-Davies

6
1,321 582
Bilbo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bilbo Baggins Ian Holm

7
1,192 536
Peregrin Took is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Peregrin Took Billy Boyd

8
1,384 639
Boromir is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Boromir Sean Bean

9
1,091 557
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Galadriel Cate Blanchett

10
984 442
Meriadoc Brandybuck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Meriadoc Brandybuck Dominic Monaghan

11
1,098 440
Elrond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Elrond Hugo Weaving

12
1,121 466
Faramir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Faramir David Wenham

13
1,002 430
Treebeard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Treebeard John Rhys-Davies

14
1,339 566
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gollum Andy Serkis

15
1,187 708
Frodo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Frodo Baggins Elijah Wood

16
859 415
Éomer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Éomer Karl Urban

17
911 477
Thorin Oakenshield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Thorin Oakenshield Richard Armitage

18
1,010 407
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Éowyn Miranda Otto

19
830 419
Théoden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Théoden Bernard Hill

20
850 427
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Saruman Christopher Lee

21
953 428
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Arwen Liv Tyler

22
811 381
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Sauron Sala Baker

23
743 346
Smaug is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Smaug Benedict Cumberbatch

24
643 345
Witch-king of Angmar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Witch-king of Angmar Andy Serkis

25
539 272
Bard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Bard Luke Evans

26
571 357
Haldir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Haldir Craig Parker

27
517 314
Radagast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
wiabux added Radagast Sylvester McCoy

28
517 261
Kili is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Kili Aidan Turner

29
468 193
Balin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Balin Ken Stott

30
549 132
Shadowfax is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Shadowfax

31
505 345
Tauriel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Tauriel Evangeline Lilly

32
501 293
Thranduil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Thranduil Lee Pace

33
398 210
Fili is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Fili Dean O'Gorman

34
349 219
Dwalin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Dwalin Graham McTavish

35
149 72
Tom Bombadil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Tom Bombadil

36
514 329
Balrog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Balrog N/A

37
310 215
Gloin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gloin Peter Hambleton

38
335 385
Celeborn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Celeborn Marton Csokas

39
290 230
Bofur is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bofur James Nesbitt

40
299 172
Beorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Beorn Mikael Persbrandt

41
274 194
King of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added King of the Dead Paul Norell

42
240 253
Bombur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bombur Stephen Hunter

43
217 231
Oin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Oin John Callen

44
363 173
Bill the Pony is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bill the Pony

45
237 191
Gwaihir is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Gwaihir

46
198 256
Ori is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Ori Adam Brown

47
223 368
Shelob is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Shelob N/A

48
204 133
Gil-galad is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Gil-galad Mark Ferguson

49
170 229
Nori is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Nori Jed Brophy

50
245 236
Mouth of Sauron is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Mouth of Sauron Bruce Spence