Free Study Guide for The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
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.
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.
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.
One of the wizards of the white council, he is corrupted by his own power and becomes a force of evil in the novel.
The principle hero of The Hobbit. He is Frodo’s mentor and benefactor.
Valiant king of Rohan, he is killed by the Nazgul Lord in battle. He appoints Eomer, his nephew, as heir upon his death.
The brother of Eowyn and future king. Also, one of the officers of the Rohirrim.
The second son of Denethor, Steward of Gondor. He is honest and just but his father grows angry with him for not bringing the Ring back to Gondor. Faramir, like is name, is fair-minded.
Steward of Gondor, father of Boromir and Faramir. Denethor is corrupted by lust for the Ring. He kills himself in madness and grief.
Queen of Lothlorien. She helps Frodo and his companions greatly by providing them with supplies throughout their journey.
An Elf who established Rivendell against Sauron. He is the father of Arwen and caretaker of Aragorn. He accompanies Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and Galadriel into the Blessed Realm.
The granddaughter of Galadriel, sister to Elladan and Elrohir, daughter of Elrond. She gives up her immortality to wed Aragorn.
The master of wood, water and hills. Tom Bombadil can take any shape or form, but is usually seen as a bear. He rescues the hobbits from the clutches of evil spirits called Barrow-wights and is generally a content and benevolent creature.
The Lord of the Eagles who he rescues Gandalf from Orthanc (and helped Bilbo in The Hobbit.
The oldest living thing on Middle-earth and the leader of the ents. He helps in the capture and defeat of Saruman.
Gandalf’s horse, who is loyal and as fast as the wind.
A wicked old spider who is even older than Sauron. She stings Frodo but is wounded badly by Sam.
Daughter of Former Cotton. She eventually marries Sam and bears him thirteen children, including Elanor.
The self-appointed chief of Hobbiton and secret ally of Saruman. Wormtongue murders him in his sleep.
The evil adviser and counselor of King Theoden who is revealed as wicked. In the end he murders Saruman in an attempt to protect himself.
The Innkeeper of the Prancing Pony. He serves as a messenger between Gandalf and the hobbits.
Frodo’s friend who stays behind at Crickhollow to provide a diversion for the Black Riders. Lotho imprisons him.
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