Study Guide

The Fellowship of the Ring Characters

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Frodo Baggins

When Peter Jackson directed his film version of The Fellowship of the Rings, he made a lot of...

Sam Gamgee

Sam Gamgee sure is lovable – but he's also kind of a dufus. We say that in the nicest...

Gandalf the Grey

Wizard Gandalf the Grey is the wise mentor figure of the Lord of the Rings, like Dumbledore in...

Gollum (Sméagol)

It's funny – Gollum is such a huge part of the later two books of the Lord of the Rings...

Aragorn (Strider)

When Aragorn (son of Arathorn) first appears in The Fellowship of the Ring, he looks like your...

Boromir

Boromir is, well, complicated. He is definitely a loyal member of the Fellowship and he loves his...

Gimli

Gimli, like Legolas, is mainly around to fill out the Fellowship's roster with one Dwarf. Because...

Meriadoc (Merry) Brandybuck

In our "Character Analysis" of Frodo, we said that Frodo gets the biggest makeover of the series...

Peregrin (Pippin) Took

Pippin Took is the youngest of the four Fellowship Hobbits (which makes it ironic that the actor...

Bilbo Baggins

When last we saw Bilbo in Tolkien's The Hobbit, he was a poetry-reciting burglar, a friend to...

Legolas

Legolas is a great example of Tolkien's love of characterization through type of being. Most (or...

The Black Riders (Ringwraiths, Nazgûl)

These nine kings have fallen under the most extreme version of Ring possession: their Rings have...

Sauron

Given how power-hungry he is, we find it a little surprising that Sauron is careless enough to...

Tom Bombadil

Tom Bombadil is a bizarre resident of the Old Forest who frequently (and sometimes annoyingly)...

Lord Elrond

Elrond is the Lord of the Elf stronghold of Rivendell (also known as the Last Homely House). He...

Galadriel

When Galadriel sees the Fellowship standing before her, she knows already that Gandalf the Grey...

Barliman Butterbur

Butterbur is the innkeeper of The Prancing Pony in the town of Bree, on the other side of the Old...

Saruman

Saruman is (or was) the leader of Gandalf's order, the Council of the Wise. He is also well-known...

Gaffer Gamgee

The Gaffer has been Bilbo's gardener at Bag End for many years; his son, Sam Gamgee, is destined...

Fredegar (Fatty) Bolger

One of the younger Hobbits who admired Bilbo and his stories; Fatty Bolger is another of Frodo's...

The Balrog

The scene of Gandalf's death is a bit like Obi-wan Kenobi's demise in Star Wars: the old mentor...

Goldberry (River-Daughter)

Goldberry is Tom Bombadil's companion; she keeps his house and hosts the Hobbits when Tom isn't...

Radagast the Brown

Radagast is a member of Gandalf's order, a Wizard who lives at Rhosgobel, near the borders of...

Hobbits

After Bilbo's departure from the Shire, he leaves Adelard an umbrella as a gift: "Adelard had...

Minor Characters Related to Frodo Baggins

A young relation of Bilbo's who is quite vain; when Bilbo leaves the Shire, he gives Angelica a...

Minor Characters from Bree (Bree-folk)

These are common last names for Hobbit families in Bree; many of them are also common in the...

Elves

Amroth was an Elven-king, "a lord of tree and glen" (2.6.61), in the days of spring in...

Dwarves

Dáin is King Under the Mountain, the Dwarf lord of the Lonely Mountain stronghold. He...

Humans

Anárion was Isildur's brother, Elendil's son, and also a Númenorean King: he ruled...

Animals

An ancient dragon. Even his fires could not have harmed the One Ring, Gandalf tells Frodo in The...