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Characters denoted with an asterisk appear in both LEGO: The Lord of the Rings and LEGO: The Hobbit.

The Lord of the Rings

    The Fellowship of the Ring 

Frodo [Frodo (Shire) / Frodo (Orc Disguise) / Frodo (Weary)]*

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Per the LEGO Adaptation Game tradition. Frodo (Shire) doesn't even have any items.
  • Got Volunteered: By Gandalf, during the Council of Elrond (thanks to some adaptation of dialogue from The Movie).
  • Invisibility Cloak: Obtains one in Lothlórien. (In contrast to the books and films, Frodo is the only character in the game with this cloak.) It isn't true invisibility as much as disguise: he generally takes on the appearance of a shrub or a crate.
  • So Much for Stealth: The Amon Hen mission begins with Frodo (with the Ring on) attempting to evade Boromir, and thanks to the invisibility conferred by the Ring, the ploy works quite well unless you step in the grassy patch that Boromir is standing in. Completing this area without being caught by Boromir unlocks an achievement.
  • Visible Invisibility: When Frodo is wearing the Ring and the player is not playing as Frodo, a faint outline of him is visible. This is for the player's benefit only; as far as all the other characters are concerned, he's completely invisible.
  • With Catlike Tread: During the Amon Hen mission segment mentioned above, Frodo evades Boromir using such surreptitious techniques as felling a tree and using its pieces to assemble a giant, boulder-hurling catapult. Oh, and then he operates said catapult. Astonishingly, despite Boromir looking in Frodo's general direction the whole time, he never seems to notice what's going on.

Sam [Sam (Orc Disguise) / Sam (Weary)]*

  • Badass Normal: Throughout the game, Sam is only ever equipped with mundane items: he's initially armed with a spade and a tinderbox, he ditches his Barrow-blade for a frying pan on Weathertop (and never gets the blade back), and his gift from Galadriel is a rope (per the movie). Every single one of these items is used in a game mechanic, making Sam arguably the most useful single character in the game.
    • In LEGO Hobbit, Sam doesn't have the rope (he hasn't been to Lothlórien yet, so Galadriel hasn't given it to him yet), but he does have everything else, including the frying pan.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Per the LEGO Adaptation Game tradition.

Merry [Merry (Rohirrim Squire)]

Pippin [Pippin (Gondor Armor)]

Gandalf the Grey [Gandalf the White]*

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Per the LEGO Adaptation Game tradition. Gandalf didn't Come Back Strong this time.
  • Barrier Warrior: Tapping [Special] when Gandalf is holding his staff causes him to deploy a shield bubble. Also, during the Zerg Rush of Moria Orcs halfway through the "The Mines of Moria" level, Gandalf creates a larger bubble to shield the rest of the Fellowship; for gameplay purposes, a few orcs get through and must be dispatched by the player.
  • Hero of Another Story: Is also part of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield in LEGO Hobbit. Also Cameos in The LEGO Movie Videogame.

Aragorn [Aragorn (Gondor Armor) / Aragorn (Royal Armor)]

Gimli*

Legolas*

Boromir [Boromir (Captain)]

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    Rohirrim 

King Théoden [King Théoden (Armor) / King Théoden (Cursed)]

  • Joke Character: King Theoden (Cursed) is not a character you would ever want to use, since he has no sword and moves at the speed of a dead turtle. You really only need him for 100% Completion.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: King Theoden (Cursed) has these, making him one of only two characters who don't have the default Pie Eyes of Lego minifigs.

Éomer

  • Demoted to Extra: Surprisingly, despite featuring prominently in several cutscenes, Éomer is never a playable character and is only purchasable in the open world.

Éowyn [Éowyn (Dernhelm)]

Háma

Gamling

Rohirrim Soldier

    Men of Gondor 
See also Boromir above.

Elendil

Isildur

Faramir

Madril

Denethor

  • Demoted to Extra: Denethor gets cut out of the story entirely due to the exclusion of the Minas Tirith subplot, but he is a purchasable character.

Citadel Guard

Gondor Ranger

Gondor Soldier

    Elves 
See also Legolas above.

Gil-galad

  • Ascended Extra: Slightly. He only appears in a single scene in the Prologue mission intro cutscene, but he is a purchasable character.

Elrond (Third Age) [Elrond (Second Age)]*

Arwen Evenstar (Ranger)

Galadriel*

  • Mission Control: Her icon shows up next to all the hints that appear when the game is loading.

Celeborn

  • The Ditz: Pins a brooch (that was meant for Frodo's Elven Cloak) on Frodo's chin. Frodo looks distinctly annoyed as he moves it to its correct place.
  • Henpecked Husband: Mostly involving sweeping the floor.

Haldir

Lothlórien Elf

    Mordor 

Sauron*

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Prologue mission boss is way bigger than he's supposed to be (Word of God states that Sauron looked like a man of more than human stature, but not gigantic), probably so he can wear the Ring as an actual ring.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Sauron's mace, which can send an enemy flying in a single blow (per The Movie). Taken Up to Eleven in the "Prologue" mission, where he uses the headless stump of his mace to kill Elendil.
  • Evil Laugh: Gets one in every so often during his single appearance. Becomes somewhat jarring when he's flashing red and still laughing.
  • Mini-Boss: Interestingly, Sauron serves as this during the "Prologue" level, which doesn't feature a Final Boss.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He's a BIONICLE figure rather than a minifigure.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Per The Movie, he shows up for all of one scene in one mission. Said mission's sign in the open world features his helmet.
  • Super Strength: One of Sauron's innate abilities. Interestingly, Sauron's mace also confers this ability, so equipping a custom character with the mace grants them super strength as well.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Dark Lord is afraid of the dark. Seriously.

The Witch-king*

Ringwraith [Ringwraith (Twilight)]

  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Or, rather, charging into The Prancing Pony and demanding the location of the bathroom at sword-point.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite getting Played for Laughs fairly often in the earlier cutscenes, they're still easily as frightening and dangerous as their book/film counterparts. With the introduction of the Fell Beasts, the humor stops altogether.

Mouth of Sauron

  • Demoted to Extra: Relative to the extended edition of the Return of the King film, at least. He didn't show up in the theatrical cut.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Middle-earth bonus mission features Sauron and the Mouth of Sauron razing the entirety of Middle-earth.

Gothmog

  • Demoted to Extra: He only shows up in the Battle of Pelennor Fields intro cutscene. Relative to the movie. In the book he is also essentially an extra.

Shagrat

  • Enemy Mine: To allow for co-op play, the beginning of the Cirith Ungol mission features Shagrat fighting Shelob alongside Sam.
  • Villain Ball: After Shelob's defeat, Shagrat promptly rejoins his fellow orcs over Frodo's body, apparently forgetting that Sam even exists.

Grishnákh

  • Adaptational Badass: Leads an entire troop of orcs into Fangorn in an effort to capture Merry and Pippin. While Grishnákh gets killed by Treebeard shortly afterwards (per The Movie), the orcs continue to make mischief in the forest.

Mordor Orc

Easterling

  • Elite Mooks: Easterlings require more than one hit to kill, and two of them are nearly always present to harass the player during the battle with the mûmakil at the end of the Battle of Pelennor Fields mission.

Haradrim

Corsair

    Isengard 

Saruman the White*

  • Barrier Warrior: Tapping [Special] when Saruman is holding his staff causes him to deploy a shield bubble. Also, during the Wizard Duel with Gandalf, Saruman automatically pushes back Gandalf if he gets too close. Gandalf's strategy is to avoid Saruman's attacks until he gets exhausted and drops the barrier.
  • Ground-Shattering Landing: One of Saruman's standard attacks during his Wizard Duel with Gandalf. Don't worry, the ground gets better.
  • That One Sidequest: Finding and purchasing his minifig is one of the more annoyingly difficult things to do in the game. You need at least three different character abilities and 500,000 studs to do it.

Lurtz [Lurtz (Newborn)]

Uruk-hai

Gríma Wormtongue

  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Has these instead of the standard minifig Pie Eyes. Other characters who had blue eyes in the films actually have the standard eyes, but Wormtongue doesn't.

Berserker

  • Mad Bomber: His purpose is to throw bombs at the Shiny Silver LEGO Objects that can't be destroyed any other way. In the cutscene, he blows himself up doing this, but in gameplay his bombs don't hurt him.

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    Other Characters 

Bilbo Baggins [Bilbo Baggins (Old)]*

Rosie*

Tom Bombadil*

  • Canon Immigrant: From the book, bright blue feather and yellow boots and all. He was cut from The Movie.
  • Super Strength: One of Tom's innate abilities. Tom notably lacks this ability in LEGO Hobbit, as it is an exclusive trait of bigfigs.

Radagast the Brown*

  • Barrier Warrior: Tapping [Special] when Radagast is holding his staff causes him to deploy a shield bubble.
  • Hero of Another Story: Well, assuming that you count Radagast as a hero of LEGO Hobbit. He's basically a supporting character there, too.

Gloin*

King of the Dead

Soldier of the Dead

  • Adaptational Villainy: The purchasable character attacks good characters and needs to be subdued before he can be purchased.

Blacksmith*

  • Canon Foreigner: Although it could be argued that Dwarven blacksmiths certainly exist in the book and The Movie, it's highly doubtful that one would have set up shop in Bree.
  • 100% Completion: While the Blacksmith is technically unlocked before 100% completion of the game, you only get him after forging all the mithril items, which requires all the mithril bricks and blacksmith designs in the game (which in turn requires 100% completion of all the story levels as well as virtually all of the activities in the open world).
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Possesses exactly the same attributes and abilities as Gimli and Gloin.

Gollum*

  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, Gollum is perfectly capable of taking down fully armed and armored warriors with nothing more than his bare hands and teeth.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Gollum is afraid of the dark, a radical departure from the book/film character who spent the vast majority of his life in a lightless cave.

Moria Orc

    DLC 

Prince Imrahil

Sauron of the Second Age

Sméagol

Beregond

Théodred

Mini-Balrog

  • Super Strength: One of Mini-Balrog's innate abilities. As it can't access the Treasure Trove, this is also one of its only abilities.

Glorfindel

Farmer Maggot

Corsair Pirate

Barliman Butterbur*

Faramir (Gondor Armor)

Barrow-wight*

The Hobbit

    The Company of Thorin Oakenshield 

Bilbo [Bilbo (Hobbiton) / Bilbo (Lake-town) / Bilbo (Old)]

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Per the LEGO Adaptation Game tradition. Bilbo (Hobbiton) doesn't even have any items.
  • Badass Normal: Before he finds Sting and picks up the One Ring, he's equipped with only a walking stick and a fishing rod…both of which can be used in SpinAttacks as noted below.
  • Cool Sword / Named Weapons: Sting.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Ran out of Bag End with a walking stick and a fishing rod. Nothing about pocket-handkerchiefs, though.
  • Epic Fail: Runs out of Bag End yelling his famous "I'm going on an adventure!" line…and then promptly trips on a carrot at the bottom of the steps and falls flat on his face. Right at Gandalf's feet.
  • Spin Attack: What Bilbo can do with Sting. And his fishing rod. And his walking stick.

Gandalf*

  • Hero of Another Story: Is also part of the Fellowship of the Ring in LEGO Lord of the Rings. Also Cameos in The LEGO Movie Videogame.

Thorin [Thorin (Young) / Thorin (Lake-town)]

  • An Axe to Grind: He has an axe that can crush LEGO stones, as do all the other Dwarves.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Played mostly straight, per the LEGO Adaptation Game tradition. See Continuity Nod for details.
  • Continuity Nod: Thorin (Young) doesn't have his Oaken Shield or Orcrist, as he hasn't obtained them in the story yet. Curiously, Thorin (Lake-town) has both items, although he's shown to have at least lost Orcrist to Legolas.
  • Cool Sword / Named Weapons: Orcrist. As stated in Continuity Nod, Thorin (Young) doesn't have it.
  • Deuteragonist: While Bilbo is the main character of the game, Thorin is the first character you play as and is a prominent party member.

Balin [Balin (Young) / Balin (Lake-town)]

Dwalin [Dwalin (Young) / Dwalin (Lake-town)]

Fíli [Fíli (Lake-town)]

Kíli [Kíli (Lake-town)]

Bifur [Bifur (Lake-town)]

Bofur [Bofur (Lake-town)]

Bombur [Bombur (Young) / Bombur (Barrel) / Bombur (Lake-town)]

Dori [Dori (Young) / Dori (Lake-town)]

Nori [Nori (Lake-town)]

Ori [Ori (Lake-town)]

Óin [Óin (Lake-town)]

Glóin [Glóin (Lake-town)]*

    Elves of Mirkwood 

Legolas Greenleaf*

Tauriel [Tauriel (Lake-town)]

Thranduil

  • Jerkass: Wouldn't help Thorin's people in Erebor when Smaug came. And imprisoned the dwarves saying "A hundred years is a mere blink to the life of an Elf. I can wait."

Mirkwood Elf (Archer)

Mirkwood Elf (Guard)

Mirkwood Elf (Chief Guard)

Elros

Elf (Sentry)

Elf (Worker)

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    Men of Lake-town 

Bard

Tilda

  • Adaptational Badass: In The Movie, Tilda's older sister Sigrid was awaiting Bard's return outside their house, and upon being ambushed by an orc, she screamed and fled into the house. In a midtro cutscene for the "A Warm Welcome" level, it's Tilda who's ambushed instead, and she clocks her assailant over the balcony before retreating.

Sigrid

Bain

Master Of Lake-town

Alfrid

Braga

Percy

Lake-town Man (Guard)

Lake-town Man (Archer)

    Other Friends / Relatives 

Thrór [Thrór (Armoured)]

Thráin

Radagast*

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In The Movie, he barely manages to hold off the Witch-king's surprise attack. In the corresponding game cutscene, he curb-stomps the Witch-king relatively easily.
    • Later, during the warg chase sequence, he jumps off his sled and onto a warg. And then he dismounts the warg-rider. With his bare fists.
      • To be precise: with his left fist. His right hand is holding onto the warg's saddle as it drags him along!
  • Friend to All Living Things: He'll magically heal any sick creature he comes across: birds, bats, moles, large beetles…
  • Nice Hat: Played for Laughs during the outro cutscene for the "Looking for Proof" level: a bird being chased by a bat seeks sanctuary in the nest in Radagast's hair, and he obligingly lifts his hat to grant it entrance. He then claps the hat back over his head; the pursuing bat collides with it, and there's a very solid bang as the bat bounces off and drops out of sight.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Is the only character with the innate ability to magically heal animals that are tainted with darkness. Completely subverted by the Mithril Candle Staff, which is notable for being the only item with this ability.
  • Wangst: His "magic heal" animation begins with him angsting over the creature that he's about to heal. Every. Single. Time.
    • This is actually a property of the "magic heal" animation, so any character using the Mithril Candle Staff's healing ability does exactly the same thing. This is taken to ridiculous levels with characters such as Sauron and Azog.

Elrond (Gown) [Elrond (Armoured)]*

Lindir

Galadriel*

Saruman*

  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: His staff shoots bolts that can destroy mithril LEGO, making him the only character in the game with the innate ability. (Baby Smaug has the ability as well, but he's a DLC character.) Completely subverted by…well, by a lot of Treasure Trove items.
  • Foreshadowing: His innate ability to destroy mithril LEGO, foreshadowing his later creation of the explosive mines used to breach the Deeping Wall during the Battle of the Hornburg (in LEGO Lord of the Rings).

Beorn

    Gundabad / Dol Guldur 

Azog (Claw)

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to Thrór throughout the Flash Back sequence of the "Azog the Defiler" level. Also, his battle against Thorin starts out as this.
  • Final Boss: Azog (with both hands) is the final challenge of the "Azog the Defiler" Flash Back level, fittingly enough.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Azog (with both hands) is not a playable character, despite appearing throughout (and serving as the Final Boss of) the "Azog the Defiler" Flash Back level.
  • Genius Bonus: During the Weathertop cutscene, Azog is choosing a replacement for his missing hand from a tray of implements. One of the rejected appendages is a hook, like those worn by various LEGO characters in their Pirates and other product lines.
  • Kick the Dog: Mockingly waves goodbye to Thrór after literally kicking him out of the story. This comes back to bite him hard when Thorin cuts off his hand and it proceeds to Troll him by waving at him.
  • Mini-Boss: Serves as this during the "The Necromancer" level.
  • Running Joke: Is a victim of this courtesy of his own severed hand, which Trolls him by waving at him.
    • In a cutscene during the "Out of the Frying Pan..." level, the hand jumps on the nose of his warg…while he's riding it!
    • The hand's absence during Azog's appearance in the "The Necromancer" level could be interpreted as an example of O.O.C. Is Serious Business.

Bolg

Yazneg

Narzug

Fimbul

Gundabad Orc

  • Butt-Monkey: Per the LEGO Adaptation Game tradition, their sole purpose in-game is to give the good guys (and the player) something to beat up.
    • During the river escape sequence in the "Barrels Out of Bond" level, the Orcs are positioned at strategic intervals so that Bombur's barrel will hit them during each bounce.
    • When Legolas arrives at Bard's house during a midtro cutscene in the "A Warm Welcome" level, he can't even get in due to all the Orcs fleeing (or being physically thrown out of) the Curb-Stomp Battle going on inside.

Orc Berserker

Sauron {/ Necromancer}*

Witch-king*

    Goblin-town 

Goblin (Confused)

  • Canon Foreigner: Unsurprisingly, there were absolutely no friendly goblins (confused or otherwise) in either the book or The Movie.
  • Enemy Mine: Falling on his head, followed by getting knocked on the head by Sting, causes him to hallucinate that Bilbo is a fellow goblin. He then politely returns Sting to Bilbo and assists him throughout the riddle-game with Gollum.
  • Tap on the Head: Takes one from Sting, resulting in the "(Confused)" part of his name. Sometimes, while playing through the level, he snaps out of his confusion and begins attacking Bilbo, necessitating another tap on the head to pacify him.

The Great Goblin

Goblin (Scribe)

Grinnah

Goblin Brute

    Other Characters 

Frodo*

  • Continuity Nod: When free-playing through the first scene of the "The Troll Hoard" level, Frodo is the only character (aside from Bilbo's various incarnations) who can open the chest containing Sting.
  • Hammerspace: If you use Frodo to open the chest containing Sting (as described in Continuity Nod / Developers' Foresight), he jimmies it open with a walking stick, like Bilbo. However, while Bilbo is carrying a walking stick, Frodo isn't, and the stick is never seen again.
  • Hero of Another Story: Incidentally, he and Sam are the first playable characters in the open world map.

Sam*

  • Hero of Another Story: Incidentally, he and Frodo are the first playable characters in the open world map.

Rosie Cotton*

Armoured Dwarf Guard

Bert (Troll)

Tom (Troll)

William (Troll)

Gollum*

  • Demoted to Extra: Per the book and The Movie. In LEGO Lord of the Rings, Gollum is unlocked over the course of the story, while here, he's a purchasable character.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Gollum's fear of the dark is even stranger here than it was in LEGO Lord of the Rings, as he's still living in a lightless cave at this point in the story.

Dale Soldier

Bree Peasant

Barliman Butterbur*

Tom Bombadil*

Barrow-wight*

Jimli The Blacksmith*

Mrs Troll

Troll Bouncer

    DLC 

Snow-troll

Spider

Baby Smaug

Bandobras Took (The Bullroarer)

Stone Dwarf

Gimli (Baby)*

River-troll

Elk

Dwarf Soldier

Saruman (Day Off)

Lady Dwarf

Girion

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