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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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1,837 290
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Aragorn Viggo Mortensen

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1,589 417
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Legolas Orlando Bloom

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1,450 402
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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1,115 321
Gimli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gimli John Rhys-Davies

6
928 390
Bilbo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bilbo Baggins Ian Holm

7
837 365
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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954 423
Boromir is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Boromir Sean Bean

9
764 388
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Galadriel Cate Blanchett

10
819 331
Faramir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Faramir David Wenham

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755 307
Elrond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Elrond Hugo Weaving

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698 322
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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701 313
Treebeard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Treebeard John Rhys-Davies

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912 379
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gollum Andy Serkis

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653 326
Thorin Oakenshield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Thorin Oakenshield Richard Armitage

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778 527
Frodo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Frodo Baggins Elijah Wood

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605 304
Éomer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Éomer Karl Urban

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593 306
Théoden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Théoden Bernard Hill

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696 319
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Éowyn Miranda Otto

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627 298
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Saruman Christopher Lee

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664 311
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Arwen Liv Tyler

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582 284
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Sauron Sala Baker

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538 250
Smaug is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Smaug Benedict Cumberbatch

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378 175
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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453 252
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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410 244
Haldir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Haldir Craig Parker

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364 226
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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341 171
Kili is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Kili Aidan Turner

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317 127
Balin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Balin Ken Stott

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384 251
Balrog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Balrog N/A

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327 72
Shadowfax is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Shadowfax

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335 236
Tauriel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Tauriel

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340 178
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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261 136
Fili is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Fili Dean O'Gorman

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222 150
Dwalin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Dwalin Graham McTavish

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209 142
Gloin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gloin Peter Hambleton

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249 281
Celeborn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Celeborn Marton Csokas

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187 154
Bofur is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bofur James Nesbitt

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179 106
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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169 117
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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150 173
Bombur is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bombur

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141 155
Oin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Oin John Callen

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135 147
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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135 167
Ori is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Ori Adam Brown

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153 136
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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213 117
Bill the Pony is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bill the Pony

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158 274
Shelob is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Shelob N/A

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186 363
Gríma Wormtongue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Gríma Wormtongue Brad Dourif

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111 156
Nori is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Nori Jed Brophy

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151 136
Gwaihir is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Gwaihir