Lord of the Rings (LOTR) is considered by many the best trilogy movie ever. Based on a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien published in 1954, HBO MAX is set to release the trilogy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, on the 2nd of September 2022. Now is a good time to look back and highlight the main characters of the Lord of the Rings while listing down the rest of them.
The Trilogy: Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings’ subtitles is The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Directed by Peter Jackson, this epic fantasy novel film is set on the Middle-Earth, a human-inhabited world. The story revolves around the Rings of Power and the One Ring.
The Elven-smiths of the Noldorin settlement of Eregion created the 19 Rings of Power to preserve Middle-Earth and make it as magnificent as the Valinor, the Blessed Realms. Sauron, the Lord of Mordor, secretly created the One Ring to Rule among the Rings of Power.
The characters of The Llord of the Rings include Aragorn, Frodo Baggins and the Hobbits (Sam, Pippin, Mary), Gandalf, Sauron, Smeagol/Gollum, and a lot more. This is the full list of the main characters including all side characters of the series.
Lord of the Rings: Characters
Aragorn II Elessar (Viggo Mortensen)
Aragorn is one of the trilogy’s protagonists, Ranger of the North, the confidant of Wizard Gandalf, and the heir of Isildur. He is the traditional hero who led the Reunited Kingdom’s military campaigns and the re-establishment of rule over Gondor who served as a King for 122 years. Aragorn’s best leadership skills, among others, were displayed during the visit to the Undead King and his battle speech on their final stand in The Lord of The Rings: Return of the King.
Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and the Hobbits
Frodo Baggins for most of the Trilogy is the Ring-bearer of the One Ring. As the main protagonist, he is the most renowned character as his quest is to bring the One Ring to Mount of Doom and destroy it. Among the many who helped Frodo, the three hobbits who helped him are Merry Brandybuck, Samwise Gamgee (Sam), and Pippin Took.
The Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen)
Gandalf has both a playful and a very powerful wizard side. He is known for his party tricks with the hobbits and has one of the most iconic entrances in the Lord the Rings: Two Towers at the Battle of Helm’s Deep.
The wizard is also the one who revealed the One Ring’s Secret to Frodo. While Gandalf is a very powerful Wizard, he cannot touch the One Ring as it quickly corrupts his being.
Sauron, The Dark Lord of Mordor (Sala Baker)
Sauron, consumed by lust and greed, is the creator of One Ring whose purpose is to conquer all the Rings of Power and all of Middle-Earth. One Ring is consumed by all the greed, hate, corruption, and power of Sauron which transmits to anyone bearing the ring.
Gollum / Smeagol (Andy Serkis)
Not necessarily but predominantly evil, Gollum is the epitome of the One Ring’s curse. The infamous “My Precious” was best delivered by Gollum. It is expressed as a way of admiring and desiring the power and corruption emitted by the One Ring.
Legolas, Prince of the Woodland Realm (Orlando Bloom)
Legolas is one of the most likable characters. He is portrayed as a pretty boy although this marksman can bring down an Oliphaunt, a humongous elephant-like creature. A personal favorite, I am not gonna lie.
Gimli, The Lord of the Glittering Caves (John Rhys-Davies)
Gimli is a tenacious and brave dwarf who most of the time banters with Legolas. He is the only dwarf member of the Fellowship of the Ring, a group formed to destroy the One Ring.
Arwen, Lady of Rivendell / Queen of the Reunited Kingdom
Arwen is the catalyst for unifying elves and men. The most beautiful among the last generation of High Elves in Middle earth. Later became the Queen of the Reunited Kingdom after reciprocating Aragorn’s love and marrying him.
Eowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan
(Miranda Otto / Nellie Bellflower)
Eowyn, despite having a minor role, is an embodiment of what women can do if not limited by their societal gender role. Eowyn, the supposed maiden of interest of Aragorn, was supposed to stay at Rohan as instructed by King Theoden. However, Eowyn with her bravery still proceeded to battle and ended up killing the Witch King of Angmar, Sauron’s Second in Command.
Here is the full list of characters and their appearances in the trilogy.
1. The Fellowship of the King, 2. The Two Towers, 3. The Return of the King
( “/” means appeared, “X” means did not appear)
|Albert Dreary / X X||Shady Street entertainer|
|Aldor X / X||Second son of King Brego, Heir to the Throne|
|Aragorn / / /||Chieftain of the Dunedain, Heir of Isildur,
High King of the Dunedain, King of Arnor, King of Gondor
|Boromir / / /||Captain of the White Tower, Captain-General, High Warden of the White Tower, Steward-prince of Gondor|
|Damrod X X /||Ranger of Ithilien|
|Denethor II X / /||Lord of Gondor, Lord of Minas Tirith, Ruling Steward of Gondor|
|Eldarion X X /||King of the Reunited Kingdom, Lord of the House of Telcontar, Prince of the Reunited Kingdom|
|Elendil / X X||High King of Gondor and Arnor, King of Arnor, King of Gondor, King of all the Dunedain|
|Eomer X X /||King of Rohan, Lord of the Mark, Third Marshal of the Riddermark|
|Eothain X / X||Second-in-command of Éomer’s eored|
|Eowyn X / /||Lady of Emyn Arnen, Lady of Ithilien, Lady of Rohan, Shieldmaiden of Rohan|
|Faramir X / /||Captain of the Rangers of Ithilien, Captain of the White Tower, Lord of Emyn Arnen, Prince of Ithilien, Steward to the King of Gondor|
Gamling X / /
Captain of Meduseld Guard
|Golasgil X X /||Lord of Anfalas|
|Gríma Wormtongue X / /||Manipulative Traitor|
|Grimbold X X /||Marshal of Rohan|
|Haleth X / X||Young Warrior of Rohan|
|Irolas X X /||Officer of Minas Tirith|
|Isildur / X /||High King of Gondor and Arnor, King of Arnor, King of Gondor, King of all the Dunedain|
|Madril X / /||Ranger of Ithilien|
|Morwen X / X||Lady of Dor-lómin|
|Mouth of Sauron X X /||The Herald and Messenger of Sauron, The Lieutenant of the Tower of Barad-dûr|
|Mumakil Mahud X X /||Chief of the Mumakil, Leader of Haradrim and Mumakil-riders|
|Théoden X / /||King of Rohan, Lord of Rohan, Lord of the Golden House, Lord of the House of Eorl, Lord of the Mark, Lord of the Rohirrim|
|Theodred X / X||Prince of Rohan, Second Marshal of Rohan|
|Witch-king of Angmar / X /||Lord of the Nazgû|
|King of the Dead (Undead) X X /||King of Dead Men of Dunharrow|
Race: Elf / Half-elf
|Celeborn / X X||Lord of: Lorien, Lothlorien, Galadhrim, Golden Wood|
|Galadriel / / /||Lady of Light, Lady of Lórien, Lady of the Galadhrim, Lady of the Wood|
|Gil-galad / X X||High King of the Elves of the West, High King of the Noldor, King of Lindon, King of the Golodhrim, Lord of Eriador|
|Haldir of Lorien / / X||Guide/Guardian Elf of Lothlórien|
|Legolas / / /||Prince of the Woodland Realm|
|Arwen / / /||Lady of Rivendell, Queen of the Reunited Kingdom (Arnor and Gondor)|
|Elrond / / /||Lord of Rivendell|
Race: Hobbit and Dwarves
|Gimli (Dwarf) / / /||Lord of the Glittering Caves|
|Bilbo Baggins / X /||Burglar, Elf-friend, Ring-bearer|
|Deagol X X /||Brief Ring-bearer|
|Diamond Took X X /||Diamond Took of Long-Cleeve|
|Elanor Gardner X X /||Keeper of the Red Book of Westmarch|
|Everard Proudfoot X X /||Member of the Proudfoot Clan|
|Farmer Maggot / X X||Hobbit Farmer|
|Fredegar Bolger / X X||Descendant of Hildibrand Took|
|Frodo Baggins / / /||Bearer of the One Ring, Deputy Mayor of Michel Delving, Elf-friend|
|Gollum / / /||Ring-bearer|
|Lobelia Sackville-Baggins / X X||Covetous and Grasping hobbit|
|Merry Brandybuck / / /||Esquire of Rohan, Master of Buckland|
|Pippin Took / / /||Guard of the Citadel (until Fourth Age by Denethor II), Knight of Gondor (from Fourth Age by Aragorn II), Thain of the Shire|
|Rosie Cotton / X /||Renowned Companion of Froddo Baggins|
|Samwise Gamgee / / /||Mayor of the Shire|
Race: Primordial Spirit and Ent
|Gandalf / / /||Elf-friend, Istar (Wizard), Ring-bearer, Servant of the Secret Fire, Wielder of the Flame of Anor|
|Saruman / / /||Head of the White Council, Lord of Isengard, The Boss (to the ruffians in the Battle of Bywater)|
|Sauron / X /||Abhorred, Dark Lord, Lord of Barad-dûr, Lord of Gifts, Lord of Mordor, Lord of the Earth, Lord of the Rings, Necromancer|
|Treebeard X / /||Oldest of the Ents, Shepherd of the Trees|
Race: Orcs, Trolls, and Spiders
|Gorbag X X /||Orc Captain of the Tower of Cirith Ungol|
|Grishnakh X / X||Captain of Barad-dur, Leader of the Mordor Orcs|
|Guritz X X /||Orc Captain Servant of Gothmog|
|Lurtz / X X||First Orc Scout Leader|
|Mauhur X / X||Orc Captain|
|Shagrat X X /||Orc Captain of the Tower of Cirith Ungol|
|Sharku X / X||Veteran Orc, OrcWarg-Rider Leader|
|Snaga X / X||Orc Scout|
|Ugluk X / X||Orc Captain of the Uruk-hai Scouts|
|Shelob (Spider) X X /||The Shadow Spider|
|Gothmog (Troll) X X /||Troll Lieutenant of Morgul|
This day does not belong to one man but all. Let us together rebuild this world that we may share in the days of peace.
– Aragorn, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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