The Top 10 Lord of the Rings Characters

Photo Credit:

My friends, this week The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be unleashed upon us. But it is not this day! Or the next one. Or the one after that. So to pass the time as we await the return to Middle Earth, we decided to rank our ten favorite characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Will your favorites make the list? Find out below!





Photo Credit:

10. Theoden (Bernard Hill)-

Rohan feels like a living, breathing country. That is largely because of how well King Theoden speaks for his people (after Saruman is out of his head that is). He leads his people to war when he needs to, and leads the best charge in cinematic history. Theoden may be at the end of this life in the trilogy, but he has enough fight in him to significantly damage the forces of evil.


Best Quote: “Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain on the mountain, like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow. How did it come to this?”


Photo Credit:

9. Saruman (Christopher Lee)-

Christopher Lee knows how to create an iconic villain. Give him a menacing, yet booming voice and look down on those around him. Saruman is a powerful wizard that in The Fellowship of the Ring is far more skilled than Gandalf. He is a looming force over Middle Earth that personifies Sauron’s quest for more power.


Best Quote: “I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way of pain.”


Photo Credit:

8. Faramir (David Wenham)-

The only good egg in the family, Faramir comes face to face with the sins of his brother Boromir when Frodo and Sam show up in his territory with the ring. But he gets a chance to prove his quality. Faramir is compassionate, something his father mistakes for weakness. His skills as a warrior are admirable, but his skills as a human are even stronger.


Best Quote: “Since you are robbed of Boromir… I will do what I can in his stead. If I should return, think better of me, Father.”


Photo Credit:

7. Eowyn (Miranda Otto)-

The Lord of the Rings wouldn’t exactly be called a feminist work. With only three major female characters in the series it’s pretty much a sausage fest. Of the three women, Arwen, Galadriel, and Eowyn, it is the last that makes the best impression. She may not get to fight in The Two Towers, but Return of the King treats her well as she gets to take down one of the series’ biggest villains.


Best Quote: “I am no man.”


Photo Credit:

6. Pippin (Billy Boyd)-

Pippin undergoes one of the most exciting and rewarding character arcs to watch in the whole trilogy. Starting off as greedy and stupid, Pippin grows into a confident warrior who would gladly throw his life on the line for anyone. Perhaps the most innocent of all the hobbits, Pippin delivers many of the trilogies sweeter moments. As well as some great comic relief.


Best Quote: “Home is behind, the world ahead… And there are many paths to tread. Through shadow, to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight… Mist and shadow, cloud and shade, all shall fade… all… shall… fade…”


Photo Credit:

5. Gimli (John Rhys-Davies)-

Speaking of comic relief, this dwarf has many of the funniest moments in the series while still being totally badass, making Gimli is an obvious favorite. From the moment he joined the fellowship by saying “and my axe” with such a roaring power, we knew this dwarf was one of kind. Being the only one in the trilogy, it will take a lot if the 13 from An Unexpected Journey are to match up to this staple of the franchise.

Best Quote: “Certainty of death, small chance of success, what are we waiting for?”


Photo Credit:

4. Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin)-

Frodo got it right when he said that his best friend and partner would be remembered as Samwise the Brave when their story was told. From gardener to warrior, Sam is the best hobbit in the trilogy. His beautiful gestures to keep Frodo going through this perilous journey are inspiring. Sam also has the significant role of being the last person we see as the trilogy closes.


Best Quote: “It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”


Photo Credit:

3. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen)-

When Gandalf  leaves the hobbits to fend for themselves they don’t handle it very well. Enter Aragorn, the heir to the throne of Gondor. Whether it be the fellowship, the riders of Rohan, or the army marching on the Black Gate, Aragorn does everything in his willpower to lead them to victory. He never gives up, making him the true hero of the franchise. Sorry Frodo.


Best Quote: “Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!”


Photo Credit:

2. Gollum/Smeagol (Andy Serkis)-

Right at the start of The Two Towers we got a taste of what would become one of the most iconic Hollywood villains of all time. Who knew this motion capture icon would spend most of the film arguing with himself? Who knew how much we would fall in love with him? Who knew he would take that love and eats it whole? Gollum will live forever as a classic character well past The Hobbit trilogy.

Best Quote: “My precious…”


Photo Credit: Gandalf (Ian McKellen)-

From arriving precisely when he means to to not letting huge demons pass, Gandalf is hands down the best character from the original trilogy. Starting as the jolly yet clever Gandalf the Grey and evolving into the powerful yet grounded Gandalf the White, this wizard is just the best pop culture icon this side of the Misty Mountains.


Best Quote: “Death is just another path… one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… and then you see it. White shores… and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”


Do you agree with our list? Do you think Bilbo or Thorin will crack the top ten after The Hobbit? Sound off below!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *