History Characters / TheLordOfTheRings

21st Feb '17 3:28:52 PM porphyre77
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* DeadpanSnarker : Has his moments.
-->"Well, (the horses) are gone," said Aragorn at last. "We cannot find them or catch them; so that if they do not return of their own will, we must do without. We started on our feet and we have those still.
-->"Feet!" said Gimli. "But we cannot eat them as well as walk on them." He there some fuel onto the fire and slumped down beside it.
-->"Only a few hours ago you were unwilling to sit on a horse of Rohan," Legolas laughed."You will make a rider yet."
-->"It seems unlikely I shall have the chance," said Gimli.
9th Feb '17 3:04:34 PM SwampAdder
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* AngelUnaware: He's actually a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maia]] from the Uttermost West.
27th Jan '17 5:02:40 PM eowynjedi
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* LikeASonToMe: Although Théoden calls him "sister-son" at first, he decides to call Éomer just "son" after a while, since Théodred has died and Éomer is now his direct heir, on top of Théoden having raised him since the death of his sister and brother-in-law.





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* LikeADaughterToMe: Théoden initially refers to her as "sister-daughter" but eventually drops that and simply calls her daughter.
27th Jan '17 1:23:08 PM ZarbiNerada
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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a scar on his forehead from injuries sustained at Parth Galen.
21st Jan '17 12:44:36 PM Aggron9988
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* TheGardener: Is Frodo's Mundane Gardener [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepaerment gardener]].

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* TheGardener: Is Frodo's Mundane Gardener [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepaerment [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment gardener]].
21st Jan '17 12:43:52 PM Aggron9988
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* TheGardener: Is Frodo's Mundane Gardener [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepaerment gardener]].
14th Jan '17 10:29:04 PM NOYB
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A tentacled monster which guards the western gates of Moria at least since 30 years ago. It is encountered by the Fellowship upon their arrival to the walls of the dwarven realm, and it briefly battles them before closing the doors behind them, leaving the Fellowship trapped in Moria.

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A tentacled monster which that guards the western gates of Moria at least since 30 years ago. It is encountered by the Fellowship upon their arrival to the walls of the dwarven realm, and it briefly battles them before closing the doors behind them, leaving the Fellowship trapped in Moria.
4th Jan '17 9:08:12 PM eowynjedi
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* BadassBookworm: Bilbo taught Sam to read and write, abilities that are relatively rare in the Shire. (Sam’s dad hopes that “no harm will come of it.”) Sam proceeds to [[HiddenDepths surprise his fellow hobbits with his book-lore]], and Frodo winds up leaving the Red Book to him to finish.

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* BadassBookworm: Bilbo taught Sam to read and write, abilities that are relatively rare in the Shire.Shire outside uppercrust families like the Bagginses. (Sam’s dad hopes that “no harm will come of it.”) Sam proceeds to [[HiddenDepths surprise his fellow hobbits with his book-lore]], and Frodo winds up leaving the Red Book to him to finish.



%%* HotBlooded: The contrast between Sam and his more reserved master is pretty clear, especially during the talk with Faramir.

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%%* * HotBlooded: The contrast between Sam and his more reserved master is pretty clear, especially during the talk with Faramir.Faramir. Sam is more likely to speak and act without thinking, is prone to LooseLips, and quicker to strike out at threats.



%%* {{Sidekick}}: [[BreakoutCharacter Ascended]] to hero.

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%%* * {{Sidekick}}: [[BreakoutCharacter Ascended]] to hero.He remains by Frodo's side for the entirety of the story, in which Frodo is clearly the protagonist as he bears the greatest burden and is bound for the worst place. Then he stops being the sidekick and becomes TheHero.



%%* TheStraightMan: To Pippin.

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%%* * TheStraightMan: To He's far more levelheaded than Pippin.



* DisneyDeath: A troll falls on him in the battle at the Black Gates, and the narration from his [=POV=] has him thinking about the fact that he is dying. [[spoiler:Gimli finds him and gets him out in time, but after Pippin has blacked out.]]
** Tolkien actually did consider killing off Pippin at that moment, but [[spoiler: ultimately decided against it.]]

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* DisneyDeath: A troll falls on him in the battle at the Black Gates, and the narration from his [=POV=] has him thinking about the fact that he is dying. [[spoiler:Gimli finds him and gets him out in time, but after Pippin has blacked out.]]
**
]] Tolkien actually did consider killing off Pippin at that moment, but [[spoiler: ultimately decided against it.]]



%%* BackFromTheDead: In ''The Two Towers''.

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%%* * BackFromTheDead: In ''The Two Towers''.He was properly dead from the fight with the Balrog, but his Valar bosses dropped him back on top of the mountain where he died 'cause he's not allowed to stay dead until he's finished the job with Sauron.



* {{Determinator}}: He fought the Balrog for ten days straight. ''Ten days.''
** Heck, his entire story is an example of this trope. By the end of the books, he's the ''only'' Wizard who remained fully committed to the purpose of opposing Sauron (although WordOfGod has waffled on whether or not Radagast abandoned his mission or not). Sarumon ended up being made into Sauron's lackey and TheStarscream. No one knows what happened to the Blue Wizards. For centuries, Gandalf wandered all across Middle Earth by himself, working to bring about Sauron's downfall.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Old guy vs. Balrog. Old guy wins...
** Actually it's more like a tie since they both die. It's just that Gandalf is resurrected and balrog is not.

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* {{Determinator}}: He fought the Balrog for ten days straight. ''Ten days.''
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'' Heck, his entire story is an example of this trope. By the end of the books, he's the ''only'' Wizard who remained fully committed to the purpose of opposing Sauron (although WordOfGod has waffled on whether or not Radagast abandoned his mission or not). Sarumon ended up being made into Sauron's lackey and TheStarscream. No one knows what happened to the Blue Wizards. For centuries, Gandalf wandered all across Middle Earth by himself, working to bring about Sauron's downfall.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Old guy vs. Balrog. Old guy wins...
** Actually it's more like a tie since they both die. It's just that Gandalf is
wins. (And dies, but he gets resurrected and balrog is not.the Balrog isn't.)



* JerkassFacade: Even at best of times, Gandalf tends to be a grumpy old man, but he likes to encourage people's perception of him as unpredictable and even dangerous person. Frodo, who has known him for decades and considers him a friend is at one point briefly convinced that he burned poor Barliman Butterbur alive for failing to deliver (a vitally important) letter.
** He also clearly enjoys scaring the crap out of Sam (who's afraid Gandalf will turn him into something "unnatural") when he catches him eavesdropping on his conversation with Frodo about the Ring.

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* JerkassFacade: Even at best of times, Gandalf tends to be a grumpy old man, but he likes to encourage people's perception of him as unpredictable and even dangerous person. Frodo, who has known him for decades and considers him a friend is at one point briefly convinced that he burned poor Barliman Butterbur alive for failing to deliver (a vitally important) letter. \n** He also clearly enjoys scaring the crap out of Sam (who's afraid Gandalf will turn him into something "unnatural") when he catches him eavesdropping on his conversation with Frodo about the Ring.



* MrExposition: Unlike other {{Big Good}}s who withhold crucial information until ''after'' it would have been useful to know, Gandalf tells Frodo absolutely all he knows about the Ring and its history once he's done enough research to be sure of what it is, around the second or third chapter of ''Fellowship''.



* HealingHands: As Ioreth, a wise-woman of Gondor says, "The hands of the King are the hands of a healer and so shall the rightful king be found."

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* HealingHands: As Ioreth, a wise-woman of Gondor says, "The hands of the King are the hands of a healer and so shall the rightful king be found."" It's ambiguous as to whether he has supernatural healing powers from his distant Elvish ancestry or if it's because he's the only guy in Middle-earth who knows what kingsfoil is for.



* KingIncognito: ''Way'' incognito, and living in the wilderness.

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* KingIncognito: ''Way'' incognito, to the point where he's considered a rather shabby and disreputable character, and living in the wilderness.



* MysteriousStranger: The first time the reader meets him as Strider.

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* MysteriousStranger: The first time the reader meets him as Strider.Strider he's hooded and lurking in the shadows of the Prancing Pony (before that kind of thing became a cliche).



* TheEmpath: Sort of. Not for people, but for plants and animals and the land in general. He can hear the "thoughts" of stones and trees and grass. He can talk to horses and can understand how they feel from their neighs. And a few days in to the chase in Rohan when Aragorn comments that it is almost as thought there is some power working against them in the land, Legolas tells him that there is in fact, and he noticed it the very moment they set foot on the plains.

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* TheEmpath: Sort of. Not for people, but for plants and animals and the land in general. He can hear the "thoughts" of stones and trees and grass. He can talk to horses and can understand how they feel from their neighs. And a few days in to the chase in Rohan when Aragorn comments that it is almost as thought though there is some power working against them in the land, Legolas tells him that there is in fact, and he noticed it the very moment they set foot on the plains.



* FriendToAllLivingThings: Apparently elves in general are this, provided that animal itself is good.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Apparently elves in general are this, provided that animal itself is good. (Wood-elves, anyway. High Elves like Glorfindel apparently use saddles.)



** This seems to apply more to Wood-elves than High Elves. Glorfindel shortened the stirrups on his horse for Frodo, so presumably he had a saddle.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The aforementioned OhCrap

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The aforementioned OhCrapOhCrap. Legolas even laughed off an angry, sentient mountain trying to bury them in an avalanche, but not this. (And for good reason: Balrogs are well-known {{Hero Killer}}s. Even those who defeat them always end up mortally injured.)



* HypocriticalHumor: Gimli proudly declares that dwarves like him can out-endure the other races. After that day's trekk, Boromir jests that they're all ready to drop except "our sturdy dwarf", who is nodding where he sits.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Gimli proudly declares that dwarves like him can out-endure the other races. After that day's trekk, trek, Boromir jests that they're all ready to drop except "our sturdy dwarf", who is nodding where he sits.



%%* GoOutWithASmile

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%%* GoOutWithASmile* GoOutWithASmile: After Aragorn promises to take up the defense of Gondor in his stead, Boromir smiles and passes.



%%* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Boromir is the manly man to Faramir's sensitive guy.

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%%* * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Boromir is a warrior born, strong, proud, and a favorite of the manly man {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s of Rohan. This is in contrast to Faramir's sensitive guy.his equally brave, but more thoughtful and less prideful brother.



* HesBack: After Gandalf awakened him.

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* HesBack: After Gandalf awakened him. Each successive soldier who sees him standing upright and strong again immediately kneels and says "Command me, lord!" in shock and joy.



* MoreThanMindControl: Théoden isn't under a magical enchantment as in the films, but he's being manipulated and possibly poisoned by a minion of Saruman to make him weak and ineffective.



* LeeroyJenkins: His reaction to seeing his sister apparently dead was to charge at the enemy, resulting in the above mentioned Last Stand.

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* LeeroyJenkins: His reaction to seeing his sister apparently dead was to charge headlong at the enemy, resulting in the above mentioned Last Stand.




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* YouAreInCommandNow: He becomes King of the Mark when Théoden falls at Pelennor.



* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: She literally broke her arm in the struggle against the Witch-King, but she also nearly died from contact with him.

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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: She literally broke her arm in the struggle against the Witch-King, but she also nearly died from it was her ''other'' arm that was the problem--mere contact with him.him through the sword nearly killed her.



* RebelliousPrincess: Although she doesn't carry the title of "princess", her uncle the King raised her as his daughter. When he leaves for war, she chooses to disobey him and follow him into battle.

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* RebelliousPrincess: Although she doesn't carry the title of "princess", her uncle the King raised her as his daughter.daughter and she is his second in line of descent after his son's death. When he leaves for war, she chooses to disobey him and follow him into battle.



* StayInTheKitchen: For years she is relegated to tending Théoden while the men ride off to war. When Théoden himself finally rides off to war she wants to go too, but she's left in charge in his absence. Later she wants to follow Aragorn, but is rejected. She goes in disguise to the Battle of Pelennor Fields anyway where she kills the Witch-king.

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* StayInTheKitchen: For years she is relegated to tending Théoden and being stalked by Wormtongue while the men ride off to war. When Théoden himself finally rides off to war she wants to go too, but she's left in charge in his absence. Later she wants to follow Aragorn, but is rejected. She goes in disguise to the Battle of Pelennor Fields anyway where she kills the Witch-king. When Éomer wonders why she did such a thing, Gandalf and Aragorn point out that at least he could relieve his stress and despair by going out to kill Orcs while she had no such option.
4th Jan '17 6:42:49 PM infernape612
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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Was about to repent after seeing Frodo sleeping, when Sam shouted at him.=

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Was about to repent after seeing Frodo sleeping, when Sam shouted at him.=
1st Jan '17 6:44:22 AM eowynjedi
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* MessianicArchetype: Died and came back three days later, wearing white robes? Yep.

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* MessianicArchetype: Died Although Tolkien himself said that this was ''not'' intended, nobody listens because Gandalf dies and came then gets sent back three days later, wearing white robes? Yep.to finish his work.



* StoryBreakerPower: He's a Maia, an angelic being of the same order as Sauron, but he's actually forbidden from using his full power by the Valar. The victory over Sauron must come from ordinary people; Gandalf and the other Istari are only permitted to act as their guides and advisors.
** This isn't because of a JerkassGod or ObstructiveBureaucrat: the Appendices and ''The Silmarillion'' make it clear that in the last war where the Valar and Maiar simply cut loose against the forces of evil, they ''shattered'' the subcontinent of Beleriand and it sank into the sea. (See PyrrhicVictory.)

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* StoryBreakerPower: He's a Maia, an angelic being of the same order as Sauron, but he's actually forbidden from using his full power by the Valar. The victory over Sauron must come from ordinary people; Gandalf and the other Istari are only permitted to act as their guides and advisors.
** This isn't because of a JerkassGod or ObstructiveBureaucrat: the Appendices and ''The Silmarillion'' make it clear that in the
advisors. There is good reason for this; last war where time the Valar and Maiar simply cut loose used their full strength against the forces of evil, they ''shattered'' the subcontinent of Beleriand and it sank into the sea. (See PyrrhicVictory.(More on that in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''.)



* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:He and the Balrog both die in their fight, [[OnlyMostlyDead but only he returns to life.]] ]] (at the end of ''Fellowship of the Ring'')

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* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:He and the Balrog both die in their fight, [[OnlyMostlyDead but only he returns to life.]] ]] (at the end of ''Fellowship of the Ring'')



* TimeAbyss: He's older than time itself.

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* TimeAbyss: He's older than time itself. Doesn't stop Treebeard from calling him "young Gandalf."
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