The Rings of Power: The 20 Best Lord of the Rings Characters

You don’t just step into the new of Prime Video Lord of the rings Adaptation – at least not without a little refresher course.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Set to debut on the streaming service in September, it’s widely cited as the most expensive TV series of all time.

You can read The Independent‘s review here.

Rings of Power is set in the second age, many centuries before the events of JRR Tolkien’s Main Lord of the rings Story adapted into an Oscar-winning film trilogy by Peter Jackson in the early 2000s.

The series introduces a whole host of new characters into the mix, as well as some familiar ones like Elrond (played by Robert Aramayo on the series) and Galadriel (Morfydd Clark).

To celebrate the arrival of Prime Video’s new series, here is a ranking of the top 20 characters from the Lord of the rings.

While some of the characters featured also appeared in Jackson’s later adaptation of The Hobbitthis ranking primarily judges them by their characterization in the original Lord of the Rings films.

Below is our top 20…

20. Sauron

He is the great evil of Middle-earth; to die-hard fans of Lord of the rings, his black mask is as unmistakable as Darth Vader’s. Then why is Sauron so low on this list? Well, his characterization doesn’t go beyond a pretty one-tone thirst for power — probably the most nuanced nuance he ever displays is when he exists as a giant flaming eye.

19. Treebeard

He is a big talking tree. need i say more

18. Arwen

Played by Liv Tyler, Arwen is paralyzed for much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy when playing love interest to Aragorn. However, the sequence where she takes Frodo to Rivendell really stands out.

Liv Tyler as Arwen in The Fellowship of the Ring

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17. Galadriel

It’s a testament to the general masculine skewness of Tolkien’s world that pretty much all of the greatest characters are men; The Rings of Power takes a more egalitarian approach to gender dynamics. The Galadriel of Lord of the Rings, played by Cate Blanchett, is old and world-weary. in the Rings of Powerplayed by Morfydd Clark, she’s a whole different thing.

16. Elrond

There’s something going on The Matrix‘s Hugo Weaving, who makes him oddly perfect as an elf. From all Lord of the Rings‘ countless statesmen, its noble ruler Elrond is one of the most consistently captivating.

15. Happy Brandybuck

Along with his close friend Pippin, Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck provides much of the series’ comic relief. As the trilogy progresses, his character becomes more and more concrete, eventually fighting alongside the army of Rohan return of the king.

14. Gimli

How high you rank Gimli probably comes down to your appetite for size-based jokes and mead hall scuffles. But the dwarven axeman is an integral part of the fellowship, and his interaction with Legolas makes for solid interspecies banter.

John Rhys Davies as Gimli in The Two Towers

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13. Pippin took

Peregrin Took, the other half of the mischievous hobbit duo known as Merry and Pippin, is played with affable sophistry by Scottish actor Billy Boyd.

12. Grima Wormtongue

The inimitable Brad Dourif never looked oilier than Gríma Wormtongue, Theoden’s poisonous right hand. It’s a pity that his dramatic death scene was left out in the theatrical version return of the king – This hideous villain deserves a proper farewell.

11. Theoden

Of all the handsome human leaders starring in the three films, Theoden is perhaps the most compelling: a once great king who was driven insane before returning to glory.

Bernard Hill as Theoden in The Two Towers

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10. Eowyn

Miranda Otto’s warrior on horseback was a standout addition to the cast The two Towers; “I am no man” is perhaps the biggest microphone drop in the approximately nine hours of these films.

9. Frodo

Elijah Wood’s beleaguered hobbit has to carry the weight of Middle-earth on his shoulders – surely it’s unfair to let him carry the film trilogy as well. As for the protagonists, Frodo is a bit mundane (hence not higher on this list), but he still does a good job of providing a pivot for the series’ main story.

8. Legolas

That’s right, Orlando Bloom’s performance as the light-haired archer Legolas could sympathetically be described as “wooden”. But aren’t elves just like that? Actions speak louder than words, after all, and Legolas’ skill with a bow made for some of the best action flourishes of the entire series.

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7. Bilbo Baggins

Whether we’re talking about Martin Freeman’s perfectly cast iteration The Hobbitor Ian Holms tired, occasionally sinister older version in the Lord of the ringsBilbo Baggins is one of Middle-earth’s loveliest players.

6. Boromir

The best characters in Lord of the rings tended to have convincing slurs. Although Boromirs (Sean Bean) took place over the course of a single film, it remains one of the story’s narrative highlights. Boromir is a fallible man who falls prey to the lure of the one ring. He turns against Frodo before redeeming himself in the last and sacrificing himself in battle as only Sean Bean can.

5. Samwise Gangee

Sean Astin’s loyal hobbit Sam Gangee, a bastion of unwavering loyalty and endurance, is arguably the moral center of the Lord of the rings Trilogy. This may be Frodo’s story, but Sam is the one making you care.

Elijah Wood and Sean Astin as Frodo and Sam

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4. Saruman

With Ian McKellen in the role of Gandalf, Lord of the rings needed an equally impressive actor in the role of his nemesis Saruman. Enter the horror maven Christopher Lee, who delivers one of his most memorable performances as a grandiose, venal wizard.

3. Gollum

A quietly tragic figure at the heart of Lord of the Rings – and a little chance encounter in The Hobbit – Gollum (or Smeagal as he was formerly known) was the perfect mascot for Middle-earth, cleverly brought to life by Andy Serkis using extensive motion capture technology. Ignore the countless parodies you’ve seen: Gollum’s desperate, pernicious obsession with his ‘precious’ is crucial to understanding the ring’s corrupting power and history as a whole.

2. Aragorn

Casting Viggo Mortenson as Aragorn was a stroke of genius. before community, Mortensen was known as an art house darling; here he is the leading man of Hollywood through and through. Much like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker rolled into one, Aragorn manages to embody both royal bravery and mischievous individualism; watching his transformation from prickly loner to King of Gondor over the course of the trilogy is something special.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings

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1. Gandalf

With all due respect to his Shakespearean past, Gandalf always felt like the role Ian McKellen was born to play. Whether as the angular, reclusive Gandalf the Gray in community of the ring and the hobbit trilogy, or as the scrubbed, dignified Gandalf the White in two towers and return of the kingMcKellen’s character is unforgettable Lord of the rings the gravitas it took to really sell Tolkien’s magical lore to viewers.

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is now available on Prime Video. The Rings of Power: The 20 Best Lord of the Rings Characters


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