This list covers the most important among the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' by Creator/JRRTolkien.

This page is for the '''books ONLY'''. For the characters as they were portrayed in the Creator/PeterJackson [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings film trilogy]], see [[Characters/MiddleEarthFilm here]].

For tropes associated with entire races or cultures, see [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesPeoples here]].

See also the character sheets for ''Characters/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Characters/TheHobbit'' (or [[Characters/MiddleEarthFilm the latter's film versions]]), which are set in the same universe (and, indeed, feature some of the same characters).
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* [[Characters/TheLordOfTheRingsTheFellowship The Fellowship of the Ring]] [[note]]Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Boromir.[[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheLordOfTheRingsFreeMen Free Men]] [[note]]Theodén, Éomer, Éowyn, Grima, Faramir, Denethor, Imharil, Beregond, Ghân-Buri-Ghân, and Halbarad.[[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheLordOfTheRingsTheElves The Elves]] [[note]]Elrond, Galadriel, Arwen, Celeborn, Glorfindel, and Gildor.[[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheLordOfTheRingsTheForcesOfSauron The Forces of Sauron]] [[note]]Sauron, Saruman, The Witch-King of Angmar, Khâmul, Uglúk, The Mouth of Sauron, Shelob, Durin's Bane, and the Watcher in the Water.[[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheLordOfTheRingsOtherCharacters Other Characters]] [[note]]Bilbo, Gollum, Tom Bombadil, Goldberry, Radagast, Treebeard, Quickbeam, and Gwaihir.[[/note]]