*bites Plastic* ....speciest! ;)
Gimli son of Gloin is one character that I can truly identify with, although my favourites are Gollum & Bilbo. He's gruff, macho, hot-tempered, proud, stubborn, loyal, sensitive, good engineer, and, er, short. I can really relate to him. He's about the most realistic character that Tolkien ever created...he'll be able to fit in our modern life easily. The rest are either too honourable or too evil.
I liked the bit in RotK:
He (Sam) scratched his head. 'Can't understand it at your age!' he said. 'But there it is: you're three inches taller than you ought to be, or I'm a dwarf.'
'That you certainly are not,' said Gimli.