Fantasy Movies The Best Lord of the Rings Characters  

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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 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.

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2,601 568
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Ian McKellen

2
2,899 445
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Viggo Mortensen

3
2,544 631
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Orlando Bloom

4
2,303 602
Samwise Gamgee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Sean Astin

5
1,670 478
Gimli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
John Rhys-Davies

6
1,363 607
Bilbo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Ian Holm

7
1,229 551
Peregrin Took is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Billy Boyd

8
1,425 655
Boromir is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Sean Bean

9
1,125 574
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Cate Blanchett

10
1,018 452
Meriadoc Brandybuck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Dominic Monaghan

11
1,130 453
Elrond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Hugo Weaving

12
1,155 473
Faramir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
David Wenham

13
1,030 440
Treebeard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
John Rhys-Davies

14
1,403 593
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Andy Serkis

15
1,241 727
Frodo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Elijah Wood

16
884 422
Éomer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Karl Urban

17
943 486
Thorin Oakenshield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Richard Armitage

18
1,040 417
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Miranda Otto

19
849 427
Théoden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bernard Hill

20
864 444
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Christopher Lee

21
993 433
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Liv Tyler

22
838 393
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Sala Baker

23
758 353
Smaug is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Benedict Cumberbatch

24
656 354
Witch-king of Angmar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Andy Serkis

25
555 278
Bard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Luke Evans

26
588 364
Haldir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Craig Parker

27
530 321
Radagast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
wiabux added Sylvester McCoy

28
537 264
Kili is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Aidan Turner

29
484 196
Balin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Ken Stott

30
572 134
Shadowfax is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Shadowfax

31
528 353
Tauriel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Evangeline Lilly

32
515 300
Thranduil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Lee Pace

33
410 215
Fili is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Dean O'Gorman

34
359 224
Dwalin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Graham McTavish

35
169 74
Tom Bombadil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Tom Bombadil

36
526 336
Balrog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Balrog N/A

37
319 221
Gloin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Peter Hambleton

38
344 389
Celeborn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Marton Csokas

39
297 235
Bofur is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
James Nesbitt

40
309 177
Beorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Mikael Persbrandt

41
283 201
King of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Paul Norell

42
247 259
Bombur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Stephen Hunter

43
226 236
Oin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
John Callen

44
378 175
Bill the Pony is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Bill the Pony

45
232 375
Shelob is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Shelob N/A

46
243 196
Gwaihir is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Charley Feldman added Gwaihir

47
203 262
Ori is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Adam Brown

48
176 234
Nori is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Jed Brophy

49
211 139
Gil-galad is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
SamuelFalzon added Mark Ferguson

50
218 181
Quickbeam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lord of the Rings Characters
Quickbeam