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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 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.

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

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1,788 280
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Aragorn Viggo Mortensen

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1,550 402
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Legolas Orlando Bloom

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1,390 397
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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1,088 309
Gimli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gimli John Rhys-Davies

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903 381
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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817 355
Peregrin Took is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Peregrin Took Billy Boyd

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925 411
Boromir is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Boromir Sean Bean

9
750 375
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Galadriel Cate Blanchett

10
798 324
Faramir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Faramir David Wenham

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735 301
Elrond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Elrond Hugo Weaving

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685 313
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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684 308
Treebeard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Treebeard John Rhys-Davies

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889 372
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gollum Andy Serkis

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764 513
Frodo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Frodo Baggins Elijah Wood

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634 317
Thorin Oakenshield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Thorin Oakenshield Richard Armitage

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591 297
Éomer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Éomer Karl Urban

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573 300
Théoden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Théoden Bernard Hill

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681 307
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Éowyn Miranda Otto

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612 293
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Saruman Christopher Lee

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652 301
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Arwen Liv Tyler

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566 281
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Sauron Sala Baker

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527 245
Smaug is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Smaug Benedict Cumberbatch

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371 169
Bard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Bard Luke Evans

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441 248
Witch-king of Angmar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Witch-king of Angmar Andy Serkis

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402 241
Haldir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Haldir Craig Parker

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361 218
Radagast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
wiabux added Radagast Sylvester McCoy

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334 165
Kili is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Kili Aidan Turner

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311 123
Balin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Balin Ken Stott

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378 247
Balrog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Balrog N/A

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320 69
Shadowfax is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Shadowfax

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328 229
Tauriel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Tauriel

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325 177
Thranduil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Thranduil Lee Pace

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251 134
Fili is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Fili Dean O'Gorman

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217 147
Dwalin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Dwalin Graham McTavish

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206 138
Gloin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gloin Peter Hambleton

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243 278
Celeborn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Celeborn Marton Csokas

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182 151
Bofur is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bofur James Nesbitt

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175 104
Beorn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Beorn Mikael Persbrandt

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166 112
King of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added King of the Dead Paul Norell

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148 168
Bombur is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bombur

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140 149
Oin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Oin John Callen

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131 140
Azog is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Azog Conan Stevens

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132 161
Ori is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Ori Adam Brown

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146 131
Mouth of Sauron is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Mouth of Sauron Bruce Spence

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153 271
Shelob is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Shelob N/A

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204 114
Bill the Pony is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bill the Pony

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108 152
Nori is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Nori Jed Brophy

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181 359
Gríma Wormtongue is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gríma Wormtongue Brad Dourif

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149 133
Gwaihir is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Gwaihir