History Characters / TheLordOfTheRings

25th May '16 7:49:25 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: He considers free will to be the root of chaos, and as a being who desires perfect order above all else he cannot tolerate it.
21st Apr '16 12:45:25 PM PistolsAtDawn
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** Ironically, his escapades come to a complete halt when he cant figure out how to open the West-gate of Moria (although, given that this is the same gate that defeated ''Sauron himself'' millennia before, this is more a testament to the [[HiddenBadass badassery of the gate]] than anything else). In fact, hes said to be starving, as all the food (along with all of the aforementioned Orcs) is in east Moria and then a certain Fellowship comes blundering in

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** Ironically, his escapades come to a complete halt when he cant can’t figure out how to open the West-gate of Moria (although, given that this is the same gate that defeated ''Sauron himself'' millennia before, this is more a testament to the [[HiddenBadass badassery of the gate]] than anything else). In fact, hes said to be starving, as all the food (along with all of the aforementioned Orcs) is in east Moria and then a certain Fellowship comes blundering in


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* PreInsanityReveal: Originally a hobbit named Sméagol, he was corrupted mentally and physically by the Ring by the time Bilbo meets him in The Hobbit.
9th Apr '16 11:19:18 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* PropheticFallacy: Of course Minas Tirith will fall if you ''refuse to defend it''.

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* PropheticFallacy: Of course Minas Tirith will fall if you ''refuse to defend it''.ProphecyTwist: The Ships of Umbar. [[spoiler: The palantír didn't tell him that Aragorn had captured the ships, driven off the Corsairs, and loaded them with thousands of soldiers from coastal Gondor.]]
4th Apr '16 9:56:59 PM HTD
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* CoolSword: First the dagger/short sword from the Barrow Downs that Tom Bombadil gave him, which the Nazgul [[BreakableWeapons shattered]] at the Ford of Bruinen. Later he also got Sting, an ancient Elvish blade given to him by Bilbo. Though it's really a knife, hobbits are just that small compared to Elves (and Men).

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* CoolSword: First the dagger/short sword from the Barrow Downs that Tom Bombadil gave him, which the Nazgul Nazgûl [[BreakableWeapons shattered]] at the Ford of Bruinen. Later he also got Sting, an ancient Elvish blade given to him by Bilbo. Though it's really a knife, hobbits are just that small compared to Elves (and Men).



The modern [[WizardClassic archetypal wizard]] in appearance and style, he also is the UrExample of the MagicKnight. In the Third Age, the Valar (basically greater angels) sent five Maiar (basically lesser angels) to Middle-Earth to aid the struggle against Sauron, clothed in the forms of men and forbidden from using their power directly or trying to rule over humans and elves. Of these, two travelled far into the East: their tales are unknown. Of the remainder, Gandalf embodied wisdom, Saruman knowledge, and Radagast nature. Though Saruman is the head of the Council of the Wise, Gandalf was a wiser and greater Maia, but declined the position of leadership. The wise elf Círdan entrusted him with Narya, the Ring of Fire (one of the three mightiest Rings of Power created by the elves).

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The modern [[WizardClassic archetypal wizard]] in appearance and style, he also is the UrExample of the MagicKnight. In the Third Age, the Valar (basically greater angels) sent five Maiar (basically lesser angels) to Middle-Earth to aid the struggle against Sauron, clothed in the forms of men and forbidden from using their power directly or trying to rule over humans Men and elves. Of these, two travelled far into the East: their tales are unknown. Of the remainder, Gandalf embodied wisdom, Saruman knowledge, and Radagast nature. Though Saruman is the head of the Council of the Wise, Gandalf was a wiser and greater Maia, but declined the position of leadership. The wise elf Círdan entrusted him with Narya, the Ring of Fire (one of the three mightiest Rings of Power created by the elves).



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Gandalf is always taking care of far and away threats which are usually given indirect or passing mentions. His incursions against the Necromancer of Dol Guldur and his fending off of the Nazgul at Weathertop are prominent examples.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Gandalf is always taking care of far and away threats which are usually given indirect or passing mentions. His incursions against the Necromancer of Dol Guldur and his fending off of the Nazgul Nazgûl at Weathertop are prominent examples.



* NatureVersusNurture: Touched on when he displays kingly abilities like commanding the shades of the dead and healing people. He alone can do this because of his Numenorean royal bloodline, but he acts the way he does because he was raised to be a good and noble man. Many kings of Numenor and Gondor, no less royal, fell into evil.

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* NatureVersusNurture: Touched on when he displays kingly abilities like commanding the shades of the dead and healing people. He alone can do this because of his Numenorean Númenórean royal bloodline, but he acts the way he does because he was raised to be a good and noble man. Many kings of Numenor Númenor and Gondor, no less royal, fell into evil.



%%* StellarName: Elessar ("Elfstone").
* SupportingLeader: Former TropeNamer. Aragorn may be more impressive than the Hobbits, but he's really mostly there to back up the human kingdoms and distract Sauron long enough for Frodo to destroy the Ring.

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%%* StellarName: Elessar ("Elfstone").
* SupportingLeader: Former TropeNamer. Aragorn may be more impressive than the Hobbits, but he's really mostly there to back up the human Mannish kingdoms and distract Sauron long enough for Frodo to destroy the Ring.



* UnevenHybrid: Aragorn has some elven ancestry a few thousand years prior to the events in the story due to him being the last heir of Gondor. He's also part-Maiar via Luthien's mother.

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* UnevenHybrid: Aragorn has some elven ancestry a few thousand years prior to the events in the story due to him being the last heir of Gondor. He's also part-Maiar via Luthien's Lúthien's mother.



* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Even though he died early on, his background and character is explored by the other characters afterward]].



* OhCrap: Realizing that his men failed to confiscate Gandalf's staff. In ''The Unfinished Tales'', Tolkien's notes reveal he had a run in with the Nazgul while he was on his way to see Saruman - who they had just been interrogating on the whereabouts of the Shire - and was so terrified that he revealed Saruman had lied to them.

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* OhCrap: Realizing that his men failed to confiscate Gandalf's staff. In ''The Unfinished Tales'', Tolkien's notes reveal he had a run in with the Nazgul Nazgûl while he was on his way to see Saruman - who they had just been interrogating on the whereabouts of the Shire - and was so terrified that he revealed Saruman had lied to them.



* TheRemnant: Imrahil and his people are actually a unique case among the fiefdoms that make up Gondor. Dol Amroth is one of precisely two still-extant mainland kingdoms of Numenorean origin that pre-date the Fall of Numenor and the founding of Arnor and Gondor (the other being Umbar). When Gondor was established, Dol Amroth willingly became part of the larger kingdom. As such, the Princes of Dol Amroth are afforded a special degree of respect among Gondorian nobililty.

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* TheRemnant: Imrahil and his people are actually a unique case among the fiefdoms that make up Gondor. Dol Amroth is one of precisely two still-extant mainland kingdoms of Numenorean Númenórean origin that pre-date the Fall of Numenor Númenor and the founding of Arnor and Gondor (the other being Umbar). When Gondor was established, Dol Amroth willingly became part of the larger kingdom. As such, the Princes of Dol Amroth are afforded a special degree of respect among Gondorian nobililty.



** Read his backstory in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and the Appendix to ''The Lord of the Rings''. Elrond was separated from his parents, his brother chose to be human, and his wife was so thoroughly traumatized by being tortured by Orcs she had to leave for Valinor. Even his foster-father Maglor, whom he seems to have been happy with despite the way they met, eventually vanished when Elrond was a young adult. Elrond's experiences with his family is nothing ''but'' this trope.

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** Read his backstory in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and the Appendix to ''The Lord of the Rings''. Elrond was separated from his parents, his brother chose to be human, a Man, and his wife was so thoroughly traumatized by being tortured by Orcs she had to leave for Valinor. Even his foster-father Maglor, whom he seems to have been happy with despite the way they met, eventually vanished when Elrond was a young adult. Elrond's experiences with his family is nothing ''but'' this trope.



* HeinzHybrid: Hence Elrond the Half-Elven. (Technically he's 9/16 elven, 3/8 human, and 1/16 angelic, but that was too long for a nickname.)
* HeroicLineage: His ancestors were mostly famous heroes in Beleriand in the war against Morgoth. His brother Elros became the first King of Numenor, so he's also closely related to the HeroicLineage that produced Aragorn.

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* HeinzHybrid: Hence Elrond the Half-Elven. (Technically he's 9/16 elven, 3/8 human, Man, and 1/16 angelic, but that was too long for a nickname.)
* HeroicLineage: His ancestors were mostly famous heroes in Beleriand in the war against Morgoth. His brother Elros became the first King of Numenor, Númenor, so he's also closely related to the HeroicLineage that produced Aragorn.



* HeinzHybrid: 25/32 elven, 3/16 human, and 1/32 angelic

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* HeinzHybrid: 25/32 elven, 3/16 human, Man, and 1/32 angelicangelic.



* TimeAbyss: Definitely qualifies, being older than the sun and the entire human race. She was born in the Year of the Trees 1362, before the First Age of the Sun and the awakening of mortal humans. When the Fellowship meet her, she's about 8377 years old (give or take ~5).

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* TimeAbyss: Definitely qualifies, being older than the sun and the entire human Man race. She was born in the Year of the Trees 1362, before the First Age of the Sun and the awakening of mortal humans.Men. When the Fellowship meet her, she's about 8377 years old (give or take ~5).



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Was about to repent after seeing Frodo sleeping, when Sam shouted at him.
%%* HeroAntagonist

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Was about to repent after seeing Frodo sleeping, when Sam shouted at him.
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* MotiveDecay: Justified in-universe: his original motivation was to give order and peace to the world. As his [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget evil grew]], he lost sight of this goal - a desire for order became a desire to dominate everything, and a desire for peace became a lust for revenge against those who resisted him - the Eldar, the Numenoreans, and lastly the men of Gondor. His goal remains 'order' but his motivations change.

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* MotiveDecay: Justified in-universe: his original motivation was to give order and peace to the world. As his [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget evil grew]], he lost sight of this goal - a desire for order became a desire to dominate everything, and a desire for peace became a lust for revenge against those who resisted him - the Eldar, the Numenoreans, Númenóreans, and lastly the men of Gondor. His goal remains 'order' but his motivations change.



* AllYourColorsCombined: He tries to claim the name 'Saruman of the Many Colors.' Subverted when Gandalf points out that this is in fact ''inferior'' to being 'Saruman the White,' since multiple colors are what come of white light being ''broken''.

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* AllYourColorsCombined: He tries to claim the name 'Saruman of the Many Colors.Colours.' Subverted when Gandalf points out that this is in fact ''inferior'' to being 'Saruman the White,' since multiple colors are what come of white light being ''broken''.



* BreakTheHaughty: The ruin of Isengard by the Ents, people he had completely written off. And then getting a big ShutUpHannibal from Theoden King, and then having Gandalf command him and break his staff. [[spoiler:And, finally, to be killed by Wormtongue.]] He brings all of it on himself.

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* BreakTheHaughty: The ruin of Isengard by the Ents, people he had completely written off. And then getting a big ShutUpHannibal from Theoden Théoden King, and then having Gandalf command him and break his staff. [[spoiler:And, finally, to be killed by Wormtongue.]] He brings all of it on himself.



* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Wizards are really angels disguised as humans.

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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Wizards are really angels disguised as humans.Men.



* TheNameless: he doesn't have an actual name, since he's not truly a person anymore, just an undead finger-puppet of Sauron's mind. Instead he's called Witch-king of Angmar (his alias, used only in the Appendix but remembered by everyone because of how cool it sounds), Lord of the Nazgûl, High Nazgûl, Black Captain, Captain of Despair, Morgul-lord, etc.

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* TheNameless: he He doesn't have an actual name, since he's not truly a person anymore, just an undead finger-puppet of Sauron's mind. Instead he's called Witch-king of Angmar (his alias, used only in the Appendix but remembered by everyone because of how cool it sounds), Lord of the Nazgûl, High Nazgûl, Black Captain, Captain of Despair, Morgul-lord, etc.



* TheUndead: Wraiths are the remains of humans who have been forced to remain in Middle-Earth long, ''long'' past their time, past AgeWithoutYouth, to the point that their bodies don't really exist anymore. They're kept "alive" (and indeed, impossible to permanently destroy) by the One Ring, via their Nine Rings. And their existences are apparently perpetual agony.

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* TheUndead: Wraiths are the remains of humans Men who have been forced to remain in Middle-Earth Middle-earth long, ''long'' past their time, past AgeWithoutYouth, to the point that their bodies don't really exist anymore. They're kept "alive" (and indeed, impossible to permanently destroy) by the One Ring, via their Nine Rings. And their existences are apparently perpetual agony.



* WasOnceAMan: He used to be human, before his ring twisted him into an undead wraith and wiped out his free will.

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* WasOnceAMan: He used to be human, Man, before his ring twisted him into an undead wraith and wiped out his free will.



* TheVoiceless: The fact that she was able to work out a deal with Gollum implies she ''can'' speak, but she never does during her appearance in the text. Or just that she understands speech, and relented her attack when Gollum begged for his life and promised to bring her tasty things to eat.
** Her mother Ungoliant in ''The Silmarillion'' could talk, as could her descendants in ''The Hobbit''. All told, Shelob herself being able to talk seems pretty likely -- she probably just didn't have anything to say to 'food'.

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* TheVoiceless: The fact that she was able to work out a deal with Gollum implies she ''can'' speak, but she never does during her appearance in the text. Or just that she understands speech, and relented her attack when Gollum begged for his life and promised to bring her tasty things to eat.
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eat. Her mother Ungoliant in ''The Silmarillion'' could talk, as could her descendants in ''The Hobbit''. All told, Shelob herself being able to talk seems pretty likely -- she probably just didn't have anything to say to 'food'.
31st Mar '16 8:45:22 PM Godzillawolf
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* AndIMustScream: His ultimate fate. The destruction of the ring crippled him completely, leaving him nothing but a 'spirit of malice', unable to ever assume physical form or influence anyone or anything ever again.
22nd Mar '16 5:19:57 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* OrderVersusChaos: When Sauron was originally created as good being, the greatest virtue that was instilled in him was a love of order and perfection, leading him to dislike anything he considered wasteful. Over time though, this virtue became twisted and corrupted as Sauron began to seek to impose order upon everyone and ''everything'' and came to view unrelenting tyranny as [[EvilIsEasy the easiest way to do so]], leading him to fall from the side of good and join Morgoth as his lieutenant.
20th Mar '16 4:29:22 AM dieseldragons
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* GrandTheftMe: They were once kings of men. They are now mere puppets to Sauron's will. Only when Sauron is defeated their souls are finally free from the shackles the dark lord placed to keep them tethered to the world. Their wraith bodies, then implode.
20th Mar '16 4:16:56 AM dieseldragons
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%%%* SuperOCD: This was the beginning [[StartOfDarkness of his downward spiral]]. Even when he was once good, Sauron hated what he perceived to be disorder and complexity. All things having their own free-wills and destiny, frustrated him. He wanted all creation to pull in one direction, one way. ''His way''.

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%%%* * SuperOCD: This was the beginning [[StartOfDarkness of his downward spiral]]. Even when he was once good, Sauron hated what he perceived to be disorder and complexity. All things having their own free-wills and destiny, frustrated him. He wanted all creation to pull in one direction, one way. ''His way''.
20th Mar '16 4:15:21 AM dieseldragons
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%%%* SuperOCD

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%%%* SuperOCDSuperOCD: This was the beginning [[StartOfDarkness of his downward spiral]]. Even when he was once good, Sauron hated what he perceived to be disorder and complexity. All things having their own free-wills and destiny, frustrated him. He wanted all creation to pull in one direction, one way. ''His way''.
14th Mar '16 12:02:43 PM dieseldragons
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* CurbStombBattle: He gets his angelic ass handed to him by Eru for meddling with the lives of mortal men. He does not look [[CameBackWrong divine when he eventually recovers and reforms]].

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* CurbStombBattle: CurbStompBattle: He gets his angelic ass handed to him by Eru for meddling with the lives of mortal men. He does not look [[CameBackWrong divine when he eventually recovers and reforms]].
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