Thursday, February 05, 2015

MEMM Day 02 - Favorite characters from each race

You'll notice that we very subtly put an "s" on the end of the word "character" in this prompt, which means we can talk about more than one character from each race if we want to.  And I want to.  I was going to do my own screencaps for every character, but that began to take too long (DKoren posted her answer to this one yesterday, and even though we agreed we weren't keeping to a schedule, now I feel very behind, hee).  Also, for some characters I really wanted to use pics from TBOTFA, which obviously I can't screencap yet.

Deep breath.

You might want to get a snack.


Starting with the super easy one, because I only love one wizard, and he, of course, is Gandalf.  I love him Grey and White, and he is my third-favorite character in LOTR and second-favorite in The Hobbit trilogy (which I'm going to abbreviate as TH until further notice).  Why do I love Gandalf?  Because he's wise and witty and sarcastic and caring.  He devotes his entire being to caring for Middle Earth, and I love that.


Another quick one, because there's only one Orc that I actually have a sort of fondness for, and that is Azog.  Holy cow, is he an amazing antagonist or what?  He brings a much-needed central conflict to TH, and he's kind of fascinating in his relentlessness.  Of course I don't actually "love" him, but I do think he's very awesome, so he fits the bill for "favorite."

(I didn't screencap this -- found it here.)


Now we come to the more lengthy answers.  My favorite dwarf is Balin.  Balin is endlessly kind to Bilbo, comforting him, explaining things to him, and obviously rooting for him through their various adventures.  Also, Balin is old and wise, and knows how to talk people into things.  I want to hang out with him and hear all his stories about his long life.

Then next I like Bofur.  He's almost always smiling!  His cheerfulness is almost unquenchable, and he's also one who takes Bilbo under his wing, in a way, even providing him with a make-shift handkerchief :-)  And he puts a happy spin on the most miserable of subjects, which always cracks me up.  Also, he kind of looks like George Harrison, my favorite Beatle.

(Obviously not a screencap, but it's such a great pic!  Found it here.)

And yes, then Thorin.  Which I would not have said, prior to The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies.  Up until it, I thought he was, well, gittish.  Proud and stubborn and kind of mean.  But the third movie changed all that, and now watching him in the first two movies, I can see his whole character arc, how he starts to grow and change as Bilbo defies his expectations again and again.  While I don't love love love him, I do like him a lot now, and may eventually love him, who knows.  That movie was a game-changer in so many ways.

(Also not mine -- got it here.  But it's such a great moment in TBOTFA I had to use it.)

I was only going to do top three for each race, but I can't leave out Kili and Gimli, so they get to tie for fourth.  Kili because he's sweet and charming, and Gimli because he's grumpy and lovable.


This is an easy one.  I absolutely love Lord Elrond.  I always have, ever since I first visited Rivendell lo these 13 years ago.  He's wise, he's stalwart, he's kind, he's helpful.  And, as the flashbacks in LOTR and the magnificent fight scene from TBOTFA showed, he's a crazy awesome warrior.  More on that in a later post, I promise!

(Also not one I screencapped -- I found it here.)

And who next but Legolas?  Honestly, until I saw TH, I only liked Legolas okay, but he got so much awesome character exploration in TH that I started to really dig him.  Now I'm excited to rewatch LOTR with his past in mind, and see how it informs his actions toward dwarves, especially at the Council of Elrond, where I recall him being pretty bitterly anti-dwarf.  And his relationship to Aragorn, which I recall being portrayed very niftily as well, with Aragorn calming him down on a couple of occasions where you might not expect an elvish prince to be so easily shushed.

And then comes Tauriel, who I would actually like to be.  She's savvy and brave, but willing to learn new things about herself and others.  It takes a lot of guts to forsake a hard-won position in a male dominated field because you've fallen in love, and it also takes a lot of guts to admit you're in love with someone everyone you know hates.  Also, I love her hair.


Samwise Gamgee is my favorite hobbit.  In fact, he's my second-favorite LOTR character and third-favorite in all of the Middle Earth movies.  I'll be talking about him a lot more in a later post, but for now I must say that he is all things helpful and kind and loyal.  The word "true" comes to mind whenever I think of Sam.

Next comes Bilbo Baggins, and I would not have said this at all up until December.  But like I said, TBOTFA changed a lot of things, including my feelings for Bilbo.  I mean, I liked him a great deal through AUJ and DOS, but I didn't love him.  Not until the third movie.  Now, I think he's got one of the greatest character arcs I've ever seen, going from a complacent homebody to a determined ambassador for doing the right thing.

(Not mine.  Got it here.)


This is the real shocker.  This is something I did not ever expect to say.  Ever.  If you had said to me, a mere seven weeks ago, that I would ever list this person as my favorite Middle Earth human, I would have laughed you into submission.  But I'll say it one more time:  The Battle of the Five Armies changed so much.  And I tell you the truth -- my favorite character in all of Middle Earth is Bard the Bowman.

I was going to rhapsodize for a while on why he's my favorite, but I realized I'll also be spending a whole entire post on him later on, so for now I'll try to be brief.  I identify very strongly with Bard -- the decisions he makes, the way he interacts with people, even the words he chooses are all things I feel I would do if I were in his position.  His family is his focus; everything he does, he does to care for and protect them, and that is very much my life.

(Another one I didn't screencap.  Found it here.
I really wish TBOTFA was out on DVD so I could get my own pics.)

But I will never stop loving Boromir.  He is my favorite LOTR character, and is second only to Bard in the Middle Earth corner of my heart.  (And he's still my favorite book character, because Book Bard is boring, while Book Boromir is splendid.  But these posts are about the movies, not the books.)  Boromir is honorable and mighty, but too proud, and so very human.  I love his kindness to the "little ones" and the way he atones for his misdeeds without hesitation.

And my third-favorite human is Eomer.  He's kind of brash, the rough-and-ready sort, but endlessly loyal.  And I love his relationship with his sister.  He's protective of her, but he doesn't try to put her on a pedestal or imagine she can't take care of herself.

There.  I'm done!


  1. Mmmm, lots of great characters and pictures. Elrond very nearly made my top elf, based simply on how awesome he is in AUJ and TBOTFA. He is so cool in The Hobbit movies. But I have little love of him in LotR (except in the flashbacks), so I had to make him second favorite instead. (Gee, I detect a pattern... I appear to like fighting/active Elrond,as opposed to hanging-out-in-Rivendell-all-talk Elrond. But of course, I do! This is me! LOL!)

    Boromir is still my second favorite human, followed by Bard and Theoden.

    I have no Gimli or Eomer love, though. Sad to say.

    1. (Yes, that's a total pattern of yours. I had a hard time finding a non-GIF version of that picture of Elrond, but I resisted using one of my screencaps from LOTR because I knew you'd sniff about the hair.)

      I think I have this feeling like I'm supposed to like Aragorn and Frodo, like Tolkien is sort of nudging me toward them, going, "Like them! Like them!" And so I stubbornly go and like other characters instead. This is very like how I didn't like Jack on Lost very much because I knew I was supposed to.

  2. I think my favorites of Men and Hobbit are the same as yours. :) I've always loved Bard, even from the books for some reason, even though he's not developed like, at all in it. I guess I just like how noble he seemed, and Tolkien's description of him being "grim." But oh my goodness, they did such a great job with him in the movies!! Especially in the last one, when he really gets to become the character from the book, but SO much deeper because he has a background! I'd love to read that longer post on his character when you write it. :) I also love Boromir and Eomer. :D

    And Sam is my favorite hobbit, then Bilbo... and Merry and Pippin must be mentioned. And for Dwarves it's gotta be Bofur. Or maybe Thorin. Thorin's so much more a complex, main character, but Bofur's just awesome. :D

    Elves is hard. I like Galadriel so much, but after The Hobbit, Thranduil has sneaked up there too. Kinda like you and Bard, I didn't even like him in the first two movies, but did more than I expected in the last one. Not sure why yet -- I'll have to watch again and think about it.

    Great post Hamlette! Looking forward to the next one. :D

    1. Yeah, for like his whole first chapter in The Hobbit, Bard doesn't even get a name. He's just "the grim-faced man." I almost captioned that first picture of him with that, because it's so perfectly grim. I went back and read through the last few chapters of TH after my first viewing of TBOTFA to see what kind of Bardly goodness was in there, and was dismayed to find him mostly just doing good stuff and never getting any character development.

      Fear not! Day 18 will be entirely devoted to Bard <3

      I thought about mentioning Merry and Pippin, but my post kept getting sooooooooooooooooooooooooo long...

      I really like Thranduil much better after TBOTFA, but I don't actually love him. He amuses me greatly, though :-)

  3. Ahh, I entirely missed the "s" on the end of "Characters" XD I could have talked about lot of other favorites. And I'm glad to find that someone else is a fan of Tauriel. She is a strong character, and I think she deserves to be liked, even though she's not in the books.

    1. You know, I also actually missed the "s" at the end. I thought I had to narrow it down! I may go back and re-do mine...

    2. Isn't Tauriel great? A worthy addition, I thought.

      I will not sneer if you go back and redo your posts, either of you.

  4. You have excellent taste.

    My favorite orc is a dead orc, because dead orcs do not slow down the plot with long fight scenes. ;)

    Elrond is my favorite Elf as well, although like you I was surprised how much I came to like Legolas in TH. And ... I like Thranduil a lot, probably because he's NOT an ideal elf. He's twisted, and fallen, and selfish, and very un-noble, but misunderstood and angsty and emo and ... yeah, I have a thing for angst.

    Hmm, favorite human. Might be Eowyn, simply for the sake of her epic moment in RotK.

    Sam is my favorite hobbit as well. Dear Sam. Sweet Sam. I could say so much about Sam, but ... why? I figure you know it all already. ;)

    1. You're reminding me of Ma Ingalls in the Little House books. "The only good orc is a dead orc." I almost didn't put Azog in there, but... he's awfully cool.

      Thranduil is complex and cool, but ultimately... his mind is a bag full of cats, and I don't trust him.

      Eowyn is very cool, but I don't feel nearly as much affection for her as I do for these three. Numbers 4 and 5 would be Faramir and Aragorn, and then probably Eowyn.

      Sam... is perfect. Dear, wonderful Sam :-)

    2. Oh, I don't trust Thranduil either. That's why I like him. ;)

    3. Eeeeeee, nope, I can't love or even like a person much if I can't trust them. In Real Life or in fiction.

    4. I'm the opposite.

      In real life, I like nice people.

      In fiction, I like dangerous ones. :D

    5. In real life, I like nice people. In fiction, I like angry ones. But I have to be able to trust them, even though they're angry.

  5. Bard and Boromir. Yes.

    I love how the movies explored Bard's character. He's my second favorite TH character:D

    1. The movies did such a magnificent job with Bard. End of story <3


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