Top 10 Lord of the Rings Characters

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2,937 people voted on Ranker’s Top 10 Lord of the Rings Characters list to determine the best Lord of the Rings characters ever.

The results are in and we have some new champions! Frodo Baggins, Aragorn, Gandalf, Samwise Gamgee, and more join the ranks of Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, and other famous names from Middle Earth.

1) Frodo

The central character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins is an unlikely hero who finds himself charged with a great task: to destroy The One Ring, or otherwise see all his friends and loved ones die in its place.

Of course, no man could have accomplished such a mission alone; it took not only bravery but also extreme wisdom and intelligence to overcome such odds. This post takes a look at some of Frodo’s most important qualities as he journeys across Middle Earth.

2) Samwise Gamgee

Sam is an extremely loyal character. Despite being a member of a race that is not typically viewed as strong or powerful, Sam never allows his size or social status to hold him back from doing what he knows is right.

While his courage and bravery are what drive him in most situations, it’s ultimately his compassion and devotion to Frodo that makes him one of Lord of The Rings’ most memorable characters.

He may not be kingly in stature or title, but Samwise Gamgee proves that there are few things more powerful than ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

3) Gandalf

Gandalf, also known as Mithrandir and later Gandalf the White, was a wizard. Unlike Saruman, who became seduced by Sauron’s power and agreed to an alliance with him at Dol Guldur, Gandalf refused from the beginning.

When Frodo first met him in Bree he said it was ‘Gandalf,’ but there is some uncertainty about whether or not that was his real name. On Weathertop he had to give Frodo his true name so that he could be recognized for what he really was (or so Gandalf believed). He is also called Tharkûn in Quenya and Olórin in Sindarin.

4) Aragorn

The Dúnedain ranger, son of Arathorn. King Elessar (Aragorn II) was born in 2931 of the Third Age in Rivendell. He was also known as Strider, Thorongil, and Estel (Sindarin for Hope). Early in his life, he was tutored by Elrond at Rivendell.

At age 32 he joined a group of Rangers defending western Mordor. In his 80s, he founded Arnor and Gondor, serving as King Elessar for 46 years until 1120 Second Age when he died aged 210 years old after ruling as King longer than any other Ruler except Elendil.

5) Legolas Greenleaf

Legolas Greenleaf is one of those characters that’s hard to pick favorites with. His prowess with his bow and arrow, along with his impressive fighting skills, is just a couple of reasons why we love him so much.

When you’re up against a big ol’ troll-like Bert, he’ll be your best bet to get out alive (assuming you can keep your head together while being stomped on). If it were up to us, we’d definitely vote for Legolas as our favorite character! Let’s take a look at some more…

6) Gimli, son of Glóin

Gimli’s character was arguably expanded most in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. While loyal to his comrades and courageous in battle, he had a lack of self-confidence at first when confronted with situations that did not match his racial preconceptions.

His resentment at being nearly always overlooked by Legolas (despite initially dismissing him as just an Elf) gave rise to repeated bickering between them; even so, they remained close friends throughout their adventures.

Although not as physically agile as some other members of his company, Gimli proved a valuable ally due to his hardiness, endurance, and skill with an axe—particularly in single combat situations, where he demonstrated great resourcefulness while fighting opponents much taller than himself.

7) Boromir

As a close friend and brother-in-arms to Aragorn, Boromir would go on to fight in his stead when they were battling Orcs at Weathertop, and he also defended him when Denethor was interrogating them in Rohan. His love for Faramir is heartbreaking, but his hope for peace shone through until almost his very end.

He was brave and loyal, but also flawed like all of us—which is why we loved him so much. (Side note: One could argue that even though Boromir fell into temptation with The Ring’s power if he had not attempted to take it from Frodo then Gondor would have been invaded by Sauron anyway.)

8) Pippin Took

A fun-loving Hobbit from the Shire, and a founding member of Frodo’s Fellowship. He joined when Gandalf told him he needed to go on an adventure, which Pippin had been longing for all his life.

A good-hearted but bumbling character, he is responsible for one of The Lord of The Rings’ most memorable scenes when he fell into a rabbit hole at Rivendell that took him several days to climb out of.

Despite his general uselessness in combat, Pippin managed to provide comic relief throughout The Fellowship Of The Ring by getting himself lost or forgotten.

9) Merry Brandybuck

Another hobbit and Merry’s father were masters of Buckland. He and Pippin share several traits, including a fondness for stories. More notably, both can create a cheerful mood that allows friends to overcome difficult situations.

Like his son, Brandybuck is clever but not without pride. Still, he’s loyal to a fault and never hesitates to stand up for those who are mistreated or taken advantage of. His ability to find room in his heart for even Gríma Wormtongue shows his devotion and compassion.

10) Faramir

Faramir is a character that must have been overlooked by many when watching The Lord of The Rings. He is mentioned a few times but plays a big role. He is mostly known for being a good leader and brother to his crazy, wild brother, Boromir.

He shows many different traits in all three movies that you wouldn’t expect from one person especially in someone who lives on Middle Earth.

Faramir shows leadership skills throughout all three movies and can be seen as almost like a third main character throughout The Return Of The King because he takes charge while Frodo is busy with his ring quest.


The Fellowship of the Ring is, for many people, one of their favorite movies. The characters are amazing and believable, which is why some fans have chosen to incorporate these beloved characters into their everyday lives. These ten individuals are our top picks for most influential in Tolkien’s epic masterpiece.

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