The Lord of the Rings | Study Guide

J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Lord of the Rings | Characters

Character Description
Frodo Frodo Baggins is a hobbit who undertakes a dangerous quest to rid the world of a great danger. Read More
Sam Samwise Gamgee, Frodo's faithful gardener, loyally accompanies Frodo on his quest. Read More
Gandalf Gandalf, also called Mithrandir, among other names, is a wizard and the leader of the fight against Sauron. Read More
Aragorn Aragorn, son of Arathorn, is a Ranger. He is also known as Strider, the heir of Isildur, and the rightful heir to the throne of Gondor. Read More
Sauron Sauron is the evil being who crafted the One Ring in secret to enslave all of the free peoples of the world. Read More
Gollum Gollum, once known as Sméagol, guides Frodo and Sam, and plays an important role in the quest. Read More
Arwen Beautiful Arwen Evenstar is Elrond's daughter and Aragorn's true love.
Beregond Beregond is a soldier of Gondor who helps Pippin acclimate to Minas Tirith.
Bergil Bergil is Beregond's son, who befriends Pippin in Minas Tirith.
Bilbo Bilbo Baggins is the hobbit who originally found the Ring and who passes it to Frodo, his nephew.
Fredegar Bolger The hobbit Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger stays in the Shire to try to convince Sauron's spies that Frodo is still there.
Boromir Ambitious and proud, Boromir is the son of Denethor, Steward of Gondor.
Barliman Butterbur Barliman Butterbur is the innkeeper of The Prancing Pony, the inn where the hobbits first meet Strider (Aragorn).
Celeborn Celeborn is Galadriel's husband and rules Lothlórien with her.
Círdan Círdan the Shipwright sends ships forth from the Grey Havens.
Déagol Déagol found the Ring after it had long been lost, but Gollum, then called Sméagol, soon murdered him for it.
Denethor Denethor is the Steward of Gondor, an office responsible for ruling the kingdom in the king's absence.
Dúnhere Dúnhere was a nephew of Erkenbrand and led soldiers in the battle of Pelennor Fields.
Elfhelm Elfhelm was a leader of the Riders of Rohan and fought in the battle of Pelennor Fields.
Elladan Elladan is one of the sons of Elrond, and travels the Paths of the Dead with Aragorn.
Elrohir Elrohir is one of the sons of Elrond, and travels the Paths of the Dead with Aragorn.
Elrond Wise and foresighted, Elrond Half-elven, descended from Elves and Men, rules Rivendell.
Éomer Éomer is the nephew of Théoden, king of Rohan, and becomes king when Théoden is killed.
Éowyn Éowyn is a shieldmaiden and niece of Théoden, king of Rohan.
Erestor Erestor is one of Elrond's advisers; he suggests sending the One Ring to Tom Bombadil.
Erkenbrand Erkenbrand is a lord in Rohan who helps lead the Rohirrim against Saruman's forces.
Faramir Faramir is the noble and virtuous son of Denethor, Steward of Gondor.
The Gaffer Hamfast Gamgee, or "The Gaffer," is the father of Samwise Gamgee.
Galadriel Galadriel is a powerful Elf who rules Lothlórien along with her husband Celeborn.
Gamling Gamling is a man of Rohan who fought in the Battle of the Hornburg (or Helm's Deep).
Ghân-buri-Ghân Ghân-buri-Ghân is the chief of the Wild Men who live in Drúadan Forest.
Gimli Gimli is a Dwarf who becomes part of the Fellowship and forms a lasting friendship with Legolas.
Glorfindel Glorfindel is an Elf who helps Frodo reach Rivendell safely.
Goldberry Goldberry is Tom Bombadil's wife, and the River's daughter.
Grimbold Grimbold is a leader of the Rohirrim.
Haldir Haldir is an Elf who watches the borders of Lothlórien and who confronts the Company when they first reach it.
Háma Háma is the doorwarden of Théoden and has the unpleasant duty of asking Gandalf and Aragorn to leave their weapons at the door.
Húrin Húrin, a man of Minas Tirith who leads forces into the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
Gildor Inglorion Gildor Inglorion is the leader of a band of Elves passing through the Shire; they meet Frodo and his companions on the road.
Legolas Legolas is an Elf who becomes part of the Fellowship and forms a lasting friendship with Gimli.
Farmer Maggot Farmer Maggot is a mushroom farmer in the Shire who helps Frodo and his companions escape the Black Riders.
Merry Meriadoc Brandybuck, known as Merry, accompanies Frodo to Rivendell and is one of four hobbits chosen to be part of the Fellowship.
Mouth of Sauron The Mouth of Sauron is one of Sauron's servants, who speaks with Aragorn and Gandalf at the entrance to Mordor.
Nazgûl Nazgûl are Men who were corrupted by the nine rings given to Men; servants of Sauron led by the Witch-king of Angmar. Also called Black Riders and Ringwraiths.
Old Man Willow Old Man Willow is an evil willow tree with the power to lull and trap passersby.
Orophin Orophin is Haldir's brother, and one of the Elves who confronts the Company when they reach Lothlórien.
Pippin Peregrin Took, known as Pippin, accompanies Frodo to Rivendell and is one of four hobbits chosen to be part of the Fellowship.
Radagast Radagast the Brown is a wizard who warns Gandalf the Nazgûl are on the move.
Lobelia Sackville-Baggins A notable personality in Hobbiton, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins dislikes both Bilbo and Frodo (even though they are relatives), and is a case study in avarice, an insatiable desire for wealth.
Lotho Sackville-Baggins Nicknamed the "Boss" or the "Chief," Lotho Sackville-Baggins is the son of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins and another example of corruption within the Shire.
Saruman Saruman is the cunning wizard who turns away from good to become Sauron's ally.
Shelob Shelob is a giant, malevolent spider whose ancestor, Ungoliant, was one of the great evils of the world.
Théoden Théoden is the king of Rohan who is under the influence of Saruman until Gandalf arrives.
Théodred Théodred is the son of Théoden who dies in battle, leaving his cousin Éomer king of Rohan.
Tom Bombadil Tom Bombadil is a cheerful, friendly, yet powerful creature who helps the hobbits on their way to Bree.
Treebeard Treebeard, also called Fangorn, is an Ent who befriends Merry and Pippin, and proves to be Saruman's downfall.
Witch-king of Angmar The Witch-king of Angmar was a leader of Men who was given one of the nine rings of power and became a Ringwraith; he is the leader of the Nazgûl.
Gríma Wormtongue Gríma Wormtongue is Saruman's lackey and Théoden's advisor, who deceives Théoden with bad counsel.
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