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Vote for your favorite LotR character

Plato to MacDonald to Chesterton, Tolkien and the Boys in the Pub.

Who is your favorite LOTR character?

Frodo
2
3%
Bilbo
2
3%
Pippin
1
2%
Merry
1
2%
Aragorn
11
18%
Boromir
3
5%
Sam
7
11%
Gimli
2
3%
Legolas
2
3%
Galadriel
4
6%
Gandalf
5
8%
Faramir
8
13%
King Theoden
0
No votes
Eomer
0
No votes
Eowyn
3
5%
Goldberry
1
2%
Tom Bombadil
3
5%
Smeagol/Gollum
4
6%
Treebeard
3
5%
Elrond
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 62

Postby friendofaslan » 13 Jul 2007, 01:17

I voted for Aragorn. He is such a noble character who constantly sacrifices for the good of Middle Earth. Like Gandalf and Faramir, he could have taken the Ring, but he has the strength to resist this great temptation and walk away with his dignity. He looks fear in the face and is willing to give his life for good. Without his speech in TROTK, Frodo and Sam would not have made it to the fires of Mordor:

Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!
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Postby A#minor » 13 Jul 2007, 03:06

Strange and poignant that out of 41 votes so far, no one has voted for Frodo. That says something about his character, I think.
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Postby contra mundum » 13 Jul 2007, 14:40

A#minor wrote:Strange and poignant that out of 41 votes so far, no one has voted for Frodo. That says something about his character, I think.


From Book IV onward, Frodo really comes into his own as an amazing character. His treatment of Gollum is amazing--no one else (including Gandalf, Aragorn, or the Wood-Elves) came so close to restoring him to his old hobbit-like self. His courtesy and wisdom in conversing with Faramir is astounding. His facing down Shelob shows his courage--ultimately she got him, but only by stinging him in the back. Indeed, by the end of the book he shows himself far wiser than Saruman (and though Saruman had fallen far, it's still amazing that a hobbit would acquire greater wisdom than an incarnate Maia retained).

Perhaps the image of Frodo in the movies has affected our perception of his character. But after Aragorn and Faramir, and perhaps Sam, Frodo would be my next choice for favorite character. And that's not an insult to Frodo, but an extremely high compliment to Aragorn, Faramir and Sam.
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Postby Stanley Anderson » 13 Jul 2007, 14:58

contra mundum's comments amplify my comment about why it is effectively senseless (at least for me) to even try to pick a "favourite" character. They are all so good and so different and, more importantly, all so a part of the "wholeness" of the story that it's more like trying to decide if I like chocolate ice cream or roses better. Roses excite different parts of my pleasure centers from chocolate ice cream and so are basically not "stackable" in a linear fashion. (This also partially explains why I can find so much "interest" in a character like Fairy Hardcastle from THS even though she is so evil -- characters can be "good", ie, well-drawn, in so many different ways).

And yes, I agree also with the suggestion by cm about Frodo's portrayal in the movies possibly affecting people's impression of Frodo in the book. Back when we had many threads talking about the movies when they first came out, among my other rants about my many disappointments in the movies, I used to comment much about the single expression of agonized horror that Elijah Wood employed almost exclusively throughout the movie to express any emotion.
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Postby A#minor » 14 Jul 2007, 17:55

Now that we've been merged with the Inklings forum, I've edited the topic title of this thread to specify from which books we are choosing our favorite characters.

Yet another monumental inconvenience perpetrated by the unnecessary merging of our beloved Tolkien haven with that of lesser authors. :wink:
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Postby rumzy » 04 Apr 2008, 06:51

I cast my vote for Treebeard partly because, while I was reading the book, his was the voice I liked best. Also, Entish, the language, intrigues me.
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Postby Lioba » 16 Apr 2008, 18:45

I really love Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.She is the female, I can identify with.All the other heroines are far to great for me. She is lovely, in harmony with herself, her husband and her little world.Ilike the idea of her beeing the daughter of ta water-woman. When Iwas a little girl. Ialways wanted to be a mermaid or a Selkie-girl.I really wish to become such a lovely person as Goldberry.And Tom 1 He´s great in his way! The Ring has no influence at all on him.And he´s a good husband, too.They seem to be unimportant-there was no place for them in the film- bit I think, they were important in Tolkiens eyes. I vote for Goldberry. and if a had a second vote, I would choose Tom.
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Postby ainulindale » 09 Jun 2008, 21:20

Lioba wrote:I really love Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.She is the female, I can identify with.All the other heroines are far to great for me. She is lovely, in harmony with herself, her husband and her little world.Ilike the idea of her beeing the daughter of ta water-woman. When Iwas a little girl. Ialways wanted to be a mermaid or a Selkie-girl.I really wish to become such a lovely person as Goldberry.And Tom 1 He´s great in his way! The Ring has no influence at all on him.And he´s a good husband, too.They seem to be unimportant-there was no place for them in the film- bit I think, they were important in Tolkiens eyes. I vote for Goldberry. and if a had a second vote, I would choose Tom.
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Yay! I agree with Lioba. Tom Bombadil is my favorite, because he just IS. Unaffected by the ring, and singing happily all day long. I'm relieved that he wasn't made part of the movie -- just not sure if that magic could be captured on film. I kind of count he and Goldberry as one, so Sam Gamgee would be my second favorite, him being an honest gardener and all.
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Postby Tuke » 09 Jun 2008, 23:32

ainulindale wrote:.... Unaffected by the ring, and singing happily all day long....

You and Lioba have chosen well.
The Ainulindale is my favorite tale, so I'll vote for the collective Ainur choir. Since they helped create Middle-Earth, I hope they can be included in the LOTR.
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Re: Vote for your favorite LotR character

Postby teomiriam » 15 Feb 2009, 13:43

I cannot believe nobody voted for Frodo, I love Frodo! And I voted for him :toothy-grin:
I love Frodo because he has so much courage to take the Ring and assume the responsibility of destroying it, I love it when he says "I will take the Ring, although I do not know the way." I love the way he sacrifices himself for the others, and that although a very unlikely hero, he is the hero of the story, with the help of Sam, Aragorn, Gandalf and many others of course :wink:
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Re: Vote for your favorite LotR character

Postby Michael » 17 Feb 2009, 16:58

I voted for Merry because I think his character is a good mix of what I like about all of the different Hobbits.
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Re: Vote for your favorite LotR character

Postby Robert » 26 Feb 2009, 13:27

Its not even a contest for me. Tom Bombadil is the most fascinating character in my humble opinion. The fact that he and he alone is unable to be corrupted by the ring (save perhaps Goldberry-that I don't know) is reason enough I should think.

But then there is the whole issue of his history. Here is a man-if indeed one can call him that since his description resembles a more hobbit-like presence-whose lineage is never mentioned. Instead he is described as going back to before anything existed. I am not sure if he is mentioned in the Simarillion. I have only read parts of it. However, one would think that he would be the first reasoning, sentient being in middle earth.

And no one can deny his powers. He is almost amniscient and in some ways omnipresent. The authority he has over everything. And indeed it is more like authority than magic-for he commands things to act according to his will not by some unseen force of superphysicality.

Overall, I find him to be the most interesting and mysterious of characters. Almost Christ-like in some scenes, country bumpkin-ish, and yet so wise and knowledgeable. I love him.
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Re: Vote for your favorite LotR character

Postby Michael » 27 Feb 2009, 22:17

Robert wrote:Its not even a contest for me. Tom Bombadil is the most fascinating character in my humble opinion. The fact that he and he alone is unable to be corrupted by the ring (save perhaps Goldberry-that I don't know) is reason enough I should think.

But then there is the whole issue of his history. Here is a man-if indeed one can call him that since his description resembles a more hobbit-like presence-whose lineage is never mentioned. Instead he is described as going back to before anything existed. I am not sure if he is mentioned in the Simarillion. I have only read parts of it. However, one would think that he would be the first reasoning, sentient being in middle earth.

And no one can deny his powers. He is almost amniscient and in some ways omnipresent. The authority he has over everything. And indeed it is more like authority than magic-for he commands things to act according to his will not by some unseen force of superphysicality.

Overall, I find him to be the most interesting and mysterious of characters. Almost Christ-like in some scenes, country bumpkin-ish, and yet so wise and knowledgeable. I love him.


I wish they would have included him in the movie. :sad:
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Re: Vote for your favorite LotR character

Postby galion » 27 Feb 2009, 22:44

Seeing what Jackson did to other characters, I'm glad Bombadil was spared his movie treatment. I don't know if I have a favourite character, but if I did Bombadil would be very high indeed on my list.
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Re: Vote for your favorite LotR character

Postby Michael » 03 Mar 2009, 16:59

galion wrote:Seeing what Jackson did to other characters, I'm glad Bombadil was spared his movie treatment. I don't know if I have a favourite character, but if I did Bombadil would be very high indeed on my list.


I see what you mean about Frodo for sure .. . do you think he got any characters right?
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