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MonkeyNotes-The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
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LIST OF CHARACTERS

Major Characters

Frodo Baggins

The adopted heir of Bilbo Baggins. Frodo is chosen to destroy the Ring, and in the course of this mission, he proves to be a brave and intelligent leader. It is because of Frodo that peace and happiness are once more restored to Middle-earth.

Sam Gamgee

The son of Ham Gamgee and Frodo’s inquisitive gardener. Sam turns out to be one of the crucial characters in the success of the quest. Not only does he accompany Frodo; he also risks his own life for Frodo. Sam is good-natured and content.

Gandalf

A wizard who guides the inhabitants of Middle-earth in their assault against Sauron. He is the most important advisor Frodo has in his fight against evil.

Merry

One of four Hobbits who accompany Frodo on his quest. He plays an important part in the quest, helping Eowyn to kill the lord of the Nazguls. He pledges life-long service to Theoden, King of the Mark, and helps restore order to the world.

Pippin

Another Hobbit who is indispensable to the quest. His impulsive and inquisitive nature makes him look into one of the seeing stones. By doing this he unknowingly saves Gandalf from being revealed to Sauron. He offers his services to Denethor; steward of Gondor, and his valiant fighting in the war earns him a knighthood.


Legolas

A representative of the elves who goes on the quest.

Gimli

A valiant dwarf and close friend of Legolas.

Boromir

The elder and more loved son of Denethor. The power of the Ring corrupts him but he is redeemed in his death.

Aragorn

Known as Strider as well as Elessar, he is the rightful king and heir of Isildur of Gondor. He is a close friend to Gandalf and to Frodo, and is instrumental in destroying the ring and defeating Sarumon and Sauron.

Sauron

The Dark Lord of Mordor. He is the principal source of evil in the novel and covets the Ring, by which he longs to conquer the world.

Gollum

Also known as Smeagol. Gollum was once an ordinary Hobbit, but he became obsessed with the Ring. He killed his best friend to get the Ring, then became evilly obsessed with getting the Ring back at all cost.

Saruman

One of the wizards of the white council, he is corrupted by his own power and becomes a fOrce of evil in the novel.

Bilbo Baggins

The principle hero of The Hobbit. He is Frodo’s mentor and benefactor.

Minor Characters

Theoden

Valiant king of Rohan, he is killed by the Nazgul Lord in battle. He appoints Eomer, his nephew, as heir upon his death.

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