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Like Sheryl, my favourite character is Sam, too.
For me he is the real hero!

Reading the books, I never liked Gandalf and Gollum. i saw Gandalf as a cold character, thinking only about destroying the ring and not caring for the ones he endangered, like Frodo and Bilbo. Seeing the movies changed my point of view. Especially at Elrond's council you see he does care for Frodo.
I couldn't find any sympathy for Gollum either. He killed his best friend and he didn't even touched the ring. To me he was evil from the start. But I did feel sympathy for Gollum (or better Smeagol) in the movie. It showed how fragil he is and how deep inside he misses a friend.
Irima-Arwen posted on 28/7/2003 at 00:04 In the Writers Guild and in Roleplaying under Misc which I closed and moved to Advertisments.
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Wink Smilie ok everyone. i had posted a note saying you need to vote for your favorite character because if i dont get mre than 4 votes I won't be able to post the winner.i dont know if it was posted i did not see it so that is why i am writing this note. thank you all that has already voted, and if i don't get enough votes and wont be able to say the winner than i am sorry that you went though the trouble of sending me your favorite character. Irima-arwen
Go ahead and partake in this poll by sending a PM to Irima-Arwen with your answers. She originated this Poll in her Blog dated 27 July 2003 if I remember rightly.

However, Irima-Arwen, you already have a big data base; just tally all the replies in this thread and add any additional ones your receive via this post and the PMs. Wiggle Smilie


[Edited on 29/7/2003 by Grondmaster]
My favotie character in the lord of the rings is gandalf. Not because of his power but because is brokeness and humilty. Humilty is the only differance between Gandalf and Saruman. It was pride that led Saruman to believe he could rule the ring.
I also appreciate the restrained power of Gandalf an "angelic" being. This and his willingness to allow himself to be viewed as a meddleing old man helps reveal Tolkien's theme of free will. Gandalf could have impossed his will on the free peoples of middle earth but knew that in so doing would destroy their creativity and beauty.
From LotR, I would have a hard time choosing between Frodo and Aragorn. But, in the end, Feanor is still my favorite character! He's just ... great!
Hey there bugyfeanor, welcome to PT. Waving Hello Smilie You're right Fëanor is one of my favourite characters too.
Eru Ilúvatar Big Laugh Smilie
Let's not be-little yourself Aulë. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
hehe what does that mean, Grondy?
I'm still trying to figure out Aulë's hat size. As Bilbo said:
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'Dont't let your heads get too big for your hats!...'
First I accuse Aulë of having illusions of grandeur and then of be-littleing himself. I can't make up my mind. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie

And all this is just meant as friendly leg pulling (teasing). Happy Elf Smilie
My fav character in LOTR is hands down Gollum.

A close second and third are Gandalf and Bilbo.

Fourth and fifth are Aragorn and Sam.

Eowyn is in there too someplace.
I like Aragorn and Sam! They're great warriors! Sam fights like a great elf warrior as said by orcs. and Aragorn, The heir of Elendil!
Legolas da elf, Sauron, and da Witch King.
Happy Elf Smilie I like Legolas cuz he does cool stunts.
Bad King Smilie I like Sauron cuz in FOTR, he truly showed his higher power as he towered over every1, Dough he died a stupid death. Sad Smilie
I I like da Witch King cuz he has a dragon, and cool armor. Though he 2 died a stupid death Sad Smilie
Oh those reasons just makes me want to cry. Read the books and you will find a million better reasons for liking them. You won't regret it, I promise. Smile Smilie
Witch king of Angmar aka Lord of the Nazgul.....who wouldn't want people to be afraid of him?

The Dark Lord Sauron...he just lives on and on and on....He's a Maiar of course!

Lord Melkor.....Having control of all the Balrogs seems to be fun.
O c'mon amarie u come up with 10 good reasons each 4 those characters and ill take ur advice, but i thought they were good. By da way, thanx 4 telling me dat Sauron was a maiar Lord Aragorn 86, i didn't know.
Okay, lord of llamas, I take your challenge, though I am not Amarie. (And could you stop the street talk lingo, because some people aren't native english speakers here, so I would imagine it makes things hard to understand).

Legolas - 1. He has a bow of the Galadhrim, strung with elven hair. Isn't that cool?
2. He's prince of Mirkwood.
3. He's allowed into Lothlorien, no questions asked. The Company were only allowed in because Legolas and ARagorn were with them, and later ELrond vouched for them.
4. He got to go to Valinor.
5. He managed to make friends with the son of someone his father imprisoned. What a nice thing to do!
6. He can count at top speed (Come on, I couldn't have counted there were 105 riders of rohan in the time he did)
7. He's allowed into the palace of MIrkwood, no questions asked, and I would imagine he could control the magic of the gates as well, like his father, though this hasn't been proven.
8. He's probably the only elf welcome in Erebor, AND
9. The only elf who has the friendship of the Master of the Glittering Caves (Gimli)
10. He can make great big ships that can sail the STraight Road to Valinor.

Witch-king (Oh, and the dwimmerlaik he rides is NOt a dragon) (Some of these reasons are good from a good point of view, and some from an evil point of view)
1. He ruled Angmar before it was destroyed.
2. He caused the barrow-wights.
3. If it weren't for the barrow-wights, Merry wouldn't have found his sword of westernesse, and so would not have actually killed the witch-king (ironic, isn't it?) and saved the day at the battle of the pelennor fields.
4. He's the master of all of Sauron's armies.
5. He's a nameless, ominous dude. (I think the nameless really helps.)
6. He got to stab Frodo.
7. He can't die at the hand of (a) Man. (It's debatable whether it's Man or a man).
8. He caused Frodo to have a painful day each year.
9. He's a Maia (Note the MaiA, not Maiar, because Maiar is the plural form)
10. Being a Maia, he's the same kind as Tom Bombadil, Sauron, Gandalf, Saruman, the Balrog, and others.

Sauron
1. He corrupted Numenor
2. He caused Numenor's destruction by the Valar.
3. He's a Maia.
4. He's the successor of Morgoth, a former Valar, and controller of Balrogs.
5. He controls a palantir, which I suspect is the master-stone. (Someone correct me, I'm probably wrong).
6. He managed to corrupt a load of Elves without them even knowing it.
7. He's got loads and loads and loads of slaves working beyond the inland Sea of Nurnen.
8. He's more mighty than Gandalf.
9. He's the most armies at his call.
10. He caused Gil-galad, Elendil, Anarion, and many other people's deaths.
11. He used to be able to change what he looked like, and even in the Silmarillion he coul turn into a werewolf, and a vampire.
How is this possible LOL.

Ok. My favorite characters.

1. Maglor.
I really can't help it but he is my absolute favorite at the moment. A mighty warrior, but with compassion. But you do not want to face him as his foe when he is in battle frenzy. All sons of Feanor are special, but Maglor the most.

2. Faramir
The brave captain of Gondor, showing his true quality. A dreamer, a fighter and he gets my fav girl in the end. His life was hard with a father like Denethor and always in the shadow of Boromir, but he found happiness.

3. Eowyn
She just rules and had the great insight that Merry simply could not be left behind at Dunharrow.

4. Beleg Cúthalion
Great archer and incredibly loyal. His ending was sad, but he remained true to his heart.

Mmm, ok so then we have Feanor, Fingolfin.. hmmm Smile Smilie
Very well Loni, very well done. I'am amazed. And i'm so sorry i used a little internet talk.
i never knew the witch king was a maia, i knew he wasn't human, I thought he was just a powerful wraith.
The Witch-King isn't a Maia, he is just one of the Nazgûl, and leader of them.
Of course, the Witch-King wasn't a maia! Remember..."Nine rings for the mortal men doomed to die!" If he was a maia, he wasn't "doomed to die". So Loni, sorry to say but you've got your facts wrong. Witch-king was a man! End of story! (Well, not quite)
I wanted to address this yesterday, but didn’t get around to it, anyway, as others have already correctly stated, the Witch-king was most definitely not a Maia. He was a mortal man originally, a sorcerer king in the second age before he was corrupted by Sauron. I may be mistaken, but I believe that all of the Nazgul were once men of either the Haradrim, Easterlings, or Black Numenorean races.
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Weren't two of them from Numenor?
Very nicely done, Loni. Sauron's palantir was not, however, the "Master Stone". That never left the Undying Lands. The counterpart in Middle-Earth to the Master Stone was the one in the Tower Hills. Sauron's Stone was captured in the fall of Minas Ithil.

I agree with Lord-aragorn86, i knew it was a human!!!! yay!! i was right for once. Smile Smilie *dances*
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The counterpart in Middle-Earth to the Master Stone was the one in the Tower Hills. Sauron's Stone was captured in the fall of Minas Ithil.

The Master Stone was in Osgiliath. The one in the Tower Hills only looked to the Sea.

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It is told in Appendix A (I, iii) to The Lord of the Rings that the palantír of Emyn Beraid "was unlike the others and not in accord with them; it looked only to the Sea. Elendil set it there so that he could look back with 'straight sight' and see Eressëa in the vanished West; but the bent seas below covered Númenor for ever." Elendil's vision of Eressëa in "the palantír of Emyn Beraid is told of also in Of the Rings of Power (The Silmarillion p. 292); "it is believed that thus he would at whiles see far away even the Tower of Avallónë upon Eressëa, where the Master-stone abode, and yet abides." It is notable that in the present account there is no reference to this Master-stone.


from TTT :

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'To see far off, and to converse in thought with one another,' said Gandalf. 'In that way they long guarded and united the realm of Gondor. They set up Stones at Minas Anor, and at Minas Ithil, and at Orthanc in the ring of Isengard. The chief and master of these was under the Dome of Stars at Osgiliath before its ruin. The three others were far away in the North. In the house of Elrond it is told that they were at Annúminas, and Amon Sûl, and Elendil's Stone was on the Tower Hills that look towards Mithlond in the Gulf of Lune where the grey ships lie.
i think that Mithrandir/Gandalf was by far my favourite character, in the books and the films i feel he fills middle earth with a great passion of some sort. :p: He is blatently a key charcter in the unfolding of middle earth and it couldnt have been done without him
Yeah Gandalf is absolutely wonderful. His love for the Halflings, his humor, wisdom....
One of my favourite characters is Glorfindel, on the final writings of Tolkien which was that the Glorfindels of Rivendell and Gondolin are one and the same (please correct me if this is not teh case) he just seems, for want of a better description, pretty damn cool, the way he was allowed out of the blessed realm after being released from Mandos means obviously someone up in high places liked him too Big Smile Smilie
The once thing however i feel is weak about Gandalf is the fact that his "love for the halfings blinds him" (i think is the phrase used by Saruman). Although i despise the character of Saruman he is right Sad Smilie
Well that love for the halflings decided the fate of all Smile Smilie What if Gandalf did not have a weak spot for the halflings... no Bilbo finding the ring...
I agree, Rhapsody. Elessar...you need to expand on why you think Gandalf's love for halfings blinded him. Why do you agree with Saruman's statement? Just curious.
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The once thing however i feel is weak about Gandalf is the fact that his "love for the halfings blinds him" (i think is the phrase used by Saruman).


Uh, I think you are getting the films, and the books mixed up Elessar. That line is from the film FOTR only. It’s a PJ, Fran, and Phillipa-ism, and I believe the exact line is something more like “Your love for the Halflings leaf blinds you.”
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doesnt he say "love of the halflings leaf blinds you" in the film?
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doesnt he say "love of the halflings leaf blinds you" in the film?


Yes, it's something like that , or "your love for the Halflings leaf has slowed your mind." I'm not exactly sure without checking, it's been awhile since I watched FOTR.
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doesnt he say "love of the halflings leaf blinds you" in the film?
Whichever way it was said in the films, he was talking about the halfling's tobacco, and this was solely PJ and Company's idea: Tolkien didn't broach the subject in his conversations between Gandalf and Saruman.
Here's an (amusing) part about Gandalf, Saruman and pipe-weed from UT :

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Yet in truth Saruman's spying and great secrecy had not in the beginning any evil purpose, but was no more than a folly born of pride. Small matters, unworthy it would seem to be reported, may yet prove of great moment ere the end. Now truth to tell, observing Gandalf's love of the herb that he called "pipe-weed" (for which, he said, if for nothing else, the Little People should be honoured), Saruman had affected to scoff at it, but in private he made trial of it, and soon began to use it; and for tins reason the Shire remained important to him. Yet he dreaded lest this should be discovered, and his own mockery turned against him, so that he would be laughed at for imitating Gandalf, and scorned for doing so by stealth. This then was the reason for his great secrecy in all his dealings with the Shire even from the first before any shadow of doubt had fallen upon it, and it was little guarded, free for those who wished to enter. For this reason also Saruman ceased to go thither in person; for it came to his knowledge that he had not been all unobserved by the keen-eyed Halflings, and some, seeing the figure as it were of an old man clad in grey or russet stealing through the woods or passing through the dusk, had mistaken him for Gandalf.

After that Saruman went no more to the Shire, fearing that such tales might spread and come maybe to the ears of Gandalf. But Gandalf knew of these visits, and guessed their object, and he laughed, thinking this the most harmless of Saruman's secrets; but he said nothing to others, for it was never his wish that any one should be put to shame. Nonetheless he was not ill-pleased when the visits of Saruman ceased, doubting him already, though he could not himself yet foresee that a time would come when Saruman's knowledge of the Shire would prove perilous and of the greatest service to the Enemy, bringing victory to within a nail's breadth of his grasp.


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Whichever way it was said in the films, he was talking about the halfling's tobacco, and this was solely PJ and Company's idea: Tolkien didn't broach the subject in his conversations between Gandalf and Saruman.

I'll have to defend mr Jackson for once, but JRRT did write about a conversation between Saruman and Gandalf about pipe-weed :

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Now because of his dislike and fear, in the later days Saruman avoided Gandalf, and they seldom met, except at the assemblies of the White Council. It was at the great Council held in 2851 that the "Halflings' leaf" was first spoken of, and the matter was noted with amusement at the time, though it was afterwards remembered in a different light. The Council met in Rivendell, and Gandalf sat apart, silent, but smoking prodigiously (a thing he had never done before on such an occasion), while Saruman spoke against him, and urged that contrary to Gandalf's advice Dol Guldur should not yet be molested. Both the silence and the smoke seemed greatly to annoy Saruman, and before the Council dispersed be said to Gandalf: "When weighty matters are in debate, Mithrandir, I wonder a little that you should play with your toys of fire and smoke, while others are in earnest speech." 1
But Gandalf laughed, and replied: "You would not wonder if you used this herb yourself. Yon might find that smoke blown out cleared your mind of shadows within. Anyway, it gives patience, to listen to error without anger. But it is not one of my toys. It is an art of the Little People away in the West: merry and worthy folk, though not of much account, perhaps, in your high policies." 1
Saruman was little appeased by this answer (for he hated mockery, however gentle), and he said then coldly: "You jest, Lord Mithrandir, as is your way. I know well enough that you have become a curious explorer of the small: weeds, wild things and childish folk. Your time is your own to spend, if you have nothing worthier to do; and your friends you may make as you please. But to me the days are too dark for wanderers' tales, and I have no time for the simples of peasants."
(UT)
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Tolkien didn't broach the subject in his conversations between Gandalf and Saruman.


I assume Grondy was talking about LOTR only!
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I assume Grondy was talking about LOTR only!


Yes he was, and so was I.

I do love the quotes Vir posted from UT though, and if I'm not mistaken (without running to look it up in UT) doesn't Gandalf blow a smoke ring into Saurman's face at the conclusion of their discussion? I love that!!!
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I do love the quotes Vir posted from UT though, and if I'm not mistaken (without running to look it up in UT) doesn't Gandalf blow a smoke ring into Saurman's face at the conclusion of their discussion? I love that!!!

Wilthout checking that, i doubt he did. That would be so not-Gandalf. More PJ-Gandalf, who gives Denethor a thorough beating with his staff, imo.

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I assume Grondy was talking about LOTR only!

Well I didn't! Chill out! OK ! No hard feelings! It's all good ! Whatever !
Yes, I had forgotten about the bit in UT.

Relax Virumor, you are among friends here; there is no need to be so defensive. We love you for your Tolkien knowledge and for your endeavors toward filling the forum with pithy discussion rather than common tavern bilge. Have a jelly baby. Happy Elf Smilie
I WANT A JELLY BABY!!!! Okay, so I was wrong about the whole witch-king maia thingy. I was SO STUPID!!! How could he be a Maia???? HOW?? I am a dumb bunny. BUNNY!!! BUNNY!!! BUNNY!!

Oh, and before I name my favourite characters, I have to tell you all something that I found out on a trip with the family lately. BUCKLAND IS A REAL PLACE!!!!! There's this little village outisde of Ngaruawahia/Huntly I forget which in NZ, AND IT'S CALLED BUCKLAND!!! It's made up of a few houses, a car shop (with wrecks in it) and a dairy. And guess what road it's situated about. BUCKLAND ROAD!!!! Oh, and there's a brand of wine called Lothlorien Wine. Betcha didn't know that!!

Characters.... I like Merry. And PIppin. Cause they're so.... innocent little hobbits caught up in war but doing great deedsish. They're the coolest. But Voronwe, do you remember him? He's in Tuor's story. He's cool. And he restrains Tuor when he gets hot-headed. You know when Tuor's like "Ooh, I shall go and fight a load of Orcs so I can get some food even though there are loads of them!!!" And Voronwe says "You do that, and I leave you." And Gandalf. Though I don't like the film-portrayal of him. He hits someone with his staff about five times. He hits Pippin (although it is just a knock) and says "Get up!" when he's being all noble and offering his allegiance to Gondor. And he keeps bashing up Denethor!!!! And I could go on for ages, but I must go, my mate's coming round to see a movie with me.
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. We love you for your Tolkien knowledge and for your endeavors toward filling the forum with pithy discussion rather than common tavern bilge.


I agree. It never hurts to look once a while outside LOTR and the info you gave us so far is excellent! So do continue with your insightful posts.
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Wilthout checking that, i doubt he did. That would be so not-Gandalf. More PJ-Gandalf, who gives Denethor a thorough beating with his staff, imo.


Yep, you’re right about that Vir. I was mistaken. I looked in UT earlier today, and here’s the part I was thinking of,

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Gandalf did not laugh again; and he did not answer, but looking keenly at Saurman he drew on his pipe and sent out a great ring of smoke with many smaller rings that followed it. Then he put up his hand, as if to grasp them, and they vanished.

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Oh, and before I name my favourite characters, I have to tell you all something that I found out on a trip with the family lately. BUCKLAND IS A REAL PLACE!!!!! There's this little village outisde of Ngaruawahia/Huntly I forget which in NZ, AND IT'S CALLED BUCKLAND!!! It's made up of a few houses, a car shop (with wrecks in it) and a dairy. And guess what road it's situated about. BUCKLAND ROAD!!!! Oh, and there's a brand of wine called Lothlorien Wine. Betcha didn't know that!!

There's a Bree in Belgium.

And a Brie in France.
My personal favorit Characters are and will always be the little funny fellows who cant help the way they act.

Sméagol and Gollum
mostly also because i can chance my own voice into something wich sounds really much like Sméagol/Gollum
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mostly also because i can chance my own voice into something wich sounds really much like Sméagol/Gollum

It pleasessss usss to know that, my preciousss! *Gollum gollum*
oh, my favorite character is Frodo Baggins!!! 'cause he had the strength to go on even in the most difficult and hard situations!!! Wink Smilie
I'd say the whole lot of em'! I chose Elrond, as many of my friends had dubbed me this when we were all reading the series years ago..
Nob (from the Parncing Pony). I'm guessin the meaning of his name has changed over the years otherwise it would put whole differant slant on the story, and i would feel inclined to withdraw my membership of this site. i was very dissapointed that he wasnt named in Jackson's version
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