93% of people can't name these "Lord of the Rings" characters from an image! Can you?

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The "Lord of the Rings" is a fantasy adventure based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. The movie series is filled with characters of all types, from humans and hobbits to elves and orcs. How many of these "Lord of the Rings" characters can you name from their image?

Gandalf is a wizard well know for his fireworks amongst the folk of Hobbiton. He is much more than a simple conjurer, however. In fact, he is one of the most powerful wizards in the land of Middle Earth. He is easily distinguished for his long, flowing beard, wooden staff and pointy wizard's hat.

Aragorn is the rightful king of Gondor. He is a powerful warrior and healer and was raised in exile by the elves of Rivendell. He is part of the Rangers of the North, waiting to claim his rightful throne. He plays an integral part in the fellowship of nine that set off to destroy the one ring.

Legolas the elf is a brilliant bowman with a sharp eye. He is the king of Mirkwood and the son of Thranduil. His best friend is Gimli the dwarf, although when they first met, they did not see eye to eye as both races distrusted each other immensely. Legolas is part of the fellowship of nine sent to destroy the one ring.

Samwise Gamgee is a halfling (hobbit) from the town of Hobbiton. He is Frodo Baggins' gardener and best friend. After the epic quest to destroy the one ring where he played an integral part carrying it to Mount Doom, Samwise returns to Hobbiton, marries Rosie (who he had always secretly admired) and eventually becomes mayor.

Gimli is a dwarf sent from the Lonely Mountain to the Council of Elrond to discuss the fate of the one ring. He is the son of Gloin, who was one of the dwarven contingents from Tolkien's earlier book, "The Hobbit." Gimli eventually joins the fellowship and over time becomes firm friends with Legolas the elf. He is a ferocious warrior.

Boromir is the son of Denethor, the Steward of Gondor. He is sent to the Council of Elrond and upon finding the one ring in his presence, declares it should be used to overthrow the Dark Lord. He agrees to join the fellowship with the intention of eventually taking the ring and using it. Although he does attempt to do this, he redeems himself by helping Frodo escape a band of orcs, dying in the process.

Galadriel and Celeborn are elves who rule the forest of Lothlorien. Both are incredibly old, yet do not show it. She is a powerful force in Middle Earth and is determined to see the defeat of Sauron. For that reason, she helps the fellowship when they pass through her lands, giving each a gift, some of which come in extremely handy later on. Once Sauron is destroyed, Galadriel and Celeborn leave Middle Earth for the Undying Lands.

Faramir is the brother of Boromir and the son of Denethor, the Steward of Gondor. He is tasked with fighting the Orcs coming out of Morgul, hell bent on overrunning Gondor after already having won the city of Osgiliath. Faramir is important in the story of the Lord of the Rings as he helps Frodo and Sam in their attempts to get into Mordor.

Elrond the elf is the Lord of Rivendell, a hidden elf haven near the Misty Mountains. It is he who calls a council to decide what to do with the one ring once Gandalf discovers that it is the ring owned by Bilbo Baggins. Much like Galadriel and Celeborn, Elrond is ancient and lived many ages on Middle Earth. He too leaves for the Undying Lands once Sauron is destroyed.

Meriadoc Brandybuck (or Merry) is a friend of Pippin, Frodo, and Sam. Together with Sam and Pippen, Merry decides to accompany Frodo on his journey to Rivendell and further beyond as they join the Fellowship to destroy the one ring. Merry is separated from his friends, becoming a Knight of Rohan in the process and ultimately helping to destroy the Witch King of Angmar in battle.

Treebeard is part of an ancient race called ents. He plays a critical role in the "Lord of the Rings," first saving Merry and Pippin from the Orcs who captured them and then, along with all the other ents, laying waste to Isengard, the home of the traitor, Saruman.

Gollum is a vile creature, once a hobbit or similar race, who came into the possession of the one ring of Sauron. Called Smeagol in his earlier life, his friend Deagol dived the ring out of the great river Anduin where it had been lost. Smeagol killed Deagol for the ring and fled to the caves under the Misty Mountains were he lived on fish and the occasional goblin. That is until he lost his ring and it was found by the unsuspecting Bilbo Baggins. But Gollum's fate is forever entwined with the one ring, or his 'precious,' as he calls it.

After accompanying the one ring to the Council of Elrond at Gandalf's request, Frodo then accepts that he will have to destroy it in the fires of Mount Doom. He doesn't go alone, however, as eight companions, forming the fellowship, go with him. Frodo is the cousin of Bilbo Baggins.

Eomer was the son of Theodwyn and was orphaned along with his sister, Eowyn, when just 11 years old. His uncle, Theoden, the King of Rohan, immediately took him in. Eomer was an incredible horseman who eventually became King of Rohan after the fall of his uncle at the Battle of Pelennor Fields. It was Eomer who appointed Merry Brandybuck as a Knight of the Riddermark for his part in slaying the Witch King of Angmar.

Bilbo Baggins is a simple hobbit who by finding the one ring of Sauron, sets of a chain of events that culminates in the Dark Lord's ultimate destruction. Bilbo acquires the ring while on a quest with Gandalf the wizard and dwarf Thorin Oakenshield and his companions. He finds it while in tunnels below the Misty Mountains where it was lost by Gollum, a hideous creature consumed by the power of the ring, but once a hobbit just like Bilbo.

Thorin was a king of the dwarves who put together a band of followers to take back their homeland and the Lonely Mountain in particular from the dragon, Smaug. He also asks for help from Gandalf the Wizard who in turn employs Bilbo Baggins as a 'burglar' to join the party. This sets in place the events where Bilbo finds the one ring of Sauron. Thorin never gets to rule once Smaug is killed, as he dies in the Battle of the Five Armies.

Theoden, the King of Rohan, died at the Battle of Pelennor Fields. He was struck down by the Witch King of Angmar leading his riders in defense of Gondor. He ruled for 39 years before his death as the 17th King of Rohan. Before he died, he appointed his nephew Eomer as King. Theoden almost didn't come to Gondor's aid as he was under the affliction of Saruman and Grima Wormtongue. Luckily, Gandalf the Wizard cast aside the affliction allowing Theoden to return to his senses, making him the strong King he once was, able to make important political decisions.

Eowyn is the sister of Eomer and niece of Theoden, the 17th King of Rohan. Disguised as a warrior of Rohan, she rode into the Battle of Pelennor Fields where she killed the Witch King of Angmar with the help of hobbit, Merry Brandybuck. She was afflicted by the poison of the Witch King and seemed certain to die until healed by Aragorn, the new king of Gondor. She later married Faramir of Gondor.

Saruman was the leader of the White Council of Wizards but was corrupted by the power of Sauron. He quickly built his own army of Orcs, called Uruk-Hai. He knew the fellowship was off to destroy the ring and wanted to capture it for himself. Saruman failed and his home of Isengard and the Tower of Orthanc was eventually laid to waste by Treebeard and an Ent army.

Arwen is the daughter of Elrond, the leader of the elves of Rivendell. Although immortal, she rejects here immortality as she loves and marries Aragorn, the eventual King of Gondor. Her name means 'noble maiden' in the elven tongue of Sindarin.

In a nutshell, the "Lord of the Rings" is the story of Sauron trying to find and reclaim the one ring of power, lost for centuries. Sauron oversees his band of orcs from the land of Mordor. Here, he forged the ring in the fires of Mount Doom. With the one ring, he has the ability to control all the people of Middle Earth and enslave them. Sauron is eventually defeated when the ring is destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom, leaving him powerless.

Smaug is a dragon that lays waste to the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain. He takes up residence in their home, claiming all of their gold and treasures for himself. Smaug is eventually defeated after he comes from his hideout to look for Thorin Oakenshield and his companions who are set on winning back their home. Smaug is thought to be invincible but he has one flaw, a missing scale on his chest. He is killed when Bard the Bowman fires an arrow at that exact point.

Bard the Bowman lived in Lake Town near the Lonely Mountain. He is credited with killing the dragon, Smaug, with a single arrow to the heart. Bard served as a soldier of Lake Town but was the heir of the last Lord of the area, Girion. The arrow that kills Smaug comes from his descendants. He later became the King of Dale.

The Witch King of Angmar is the lieutenant of Sauron and leader of the Black Riders. A former human king, he is now a wraith and cannot be killed by man, a fact he mentions when faced by Eowyn at the Battle of Pelennor fields. But Eowyn, together with the hobbit, Merry, send the Witch King to his doom, although both are severely wounded in the process.

Haldir was an Elf from Lothlorien. It is he who comes upon the Fellowship as they stumble out of Moria after Gandalf was lost to the Balrog. Because he had traveled outside the forest before, Haldir was able to speak to communicate with them and took them to meet Celeborn and Galadriel.

Radagast the Brown is one of the wizards of Middle Earth. He has a very strong affinity to animals. Along with Gandalf and others, he was a member of Saruman's White Council. Unwittingly, Saruman uses Radagast to get Gandalf to come to Isengard where he is captured but later escapes. The whereabouts of Radagast during the travels of the Fellowship and later battles is unknown.

A nephew of Thorin Oakenshield and brother to Fili, Kili is one of the dwarves that set out to reclaim treasure and land from Smaug, the dragon of Lonely Mountain. Kili and his brother died in the Battle of the Five Armies as they tried to protect their uncle.

Balrogs were fearsome beasts, covered in flame and shadow. They carried swords and whips and were said to drive dragons into battle for Morgoth, the Dark Lord before Sauron. Gandalf battles a Balrog in Moria when the Fellowship passes through the mines. Balrog means 'Demon of Might' in the elvish language, Sindarin.

Balin is a dwarf in Thorin Oakenshield's company whp travels to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their homeland and treasures from the dragon, Smaug. He survives the ordeal, later returning with other dwarves to mine the legendary tunnels of Moria, a former dwarven haven. Unfortunately, deep in the tunnels are orcs, goblins and Balrogs and Balin eventually loses his life in there.

Thranduil is the King of the elves in the great forest of Mirkwood. He is also Legolas' father. After the Battle of the Five Armies, Thranduil named Bilbo Baggins 'elf-friend,' a huge honor for the hobbit.

Tauriel is not a character in any of J.R.R. Tolkien's books and was added to "The Hobbit" movie by Peter Jackson. She is a warrior elf from Mirkwood who comes into contact with Thorin and his companion as they travel to the Lonely Mountain to defeat Smaug the dragon. She even provides a love interest for the dwarf, Kili. Many Tolkien fans were outraged by this.

Peregrin Took (Pippin) is a cousin of Frodo Baggins. Together with Samwise Gamgee and Meriadoc Brandybuck, they plan to help Frodo escort the one ring to Rivendell where the Council of Elrond will decide its fate. It's never that easy though, ​and Pippin becomes part of the fellowship of nine sent to destroy the ring. During his adventure, Pippin drinks ent draught which ensures he grows far taller than most average hobbits.

Dwalin was one of the dwarven companions of Thorin Oakenshield who traveled to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their kingdom and treasure from the dragon, Smaug. He was the son of Fundin and brother to Balin, also part of the company. He was the first dwarf to arrive at Bilbo's door in Hobbiton.

Fili the dwarf is the brother of Kili and nephew to Thorin Oakenshield. Together with his brother, Fili formed part of Thorin's party that set forth to claim back their homeland and the Lonely Mountain from a dragon called Smaug. Unfortunately, he did not see his home freed as Fili, Kili and Thorin died in the Battle of the Five Armies.

Gloin is the father of the famed dwarven warrior, Gimil, who was part of the fellowship sent to destroy the one ring of Sauron. Gloin had formed part of a band of dwarves under the command of Thorin Oakenshield who traveled to reclaim their home near the Lonely Mountain. After the defeat of Smaug the dragon, Gloin fought in the Battle of Five Armies. His brother, Oin, was part of this journey as well.

Celeborn, the husband of Galadriel, was the elf leader of the forest of Lothlorien. Together with his wife, he grants the fellowship passage through their lands in their quest to destroy the one ring of Sauron. After the Dark Lord is defeated, Celeborn and Galadriel leave Middle Earth for the Undying lands where they will spend their immortality.

Bofur was a dwarf in Thorin Oakenshield's party, hell-bent​ on destroying the dragon Smaug and reclaiming their dwarven homeland for themselves. He was related to two other dwarves in the party, Borfur his brother and his cousin, Bifir.

Situated between the Misty Mountains and the forest of Mirkwood lived Beorn. He played a small part in the story of the one ring of power, giving shelter to Thorin, Gandalf, Bilbo and their dwarven companions as they traveled to the Lonely Mountains. Beorn had the ability to turn into a bear, a feat he used at the Battle of the Five Armies where he killed Bolg, the leader of the goblins.

The King of the Dead is summoned by Aragorn to help Gondor in its time of need to fight Sauron and the powers of Mordor. Just as it seems like the Battle of Pelennor fields will end in the slaughter of the armies of Rohan and Gondor, Aragorn arrives by ship with the king and his ghost army to lay waste to the armies of Mordor. In turn, they are released from the curse placed on them by Isildur of Gondor centuries ago.

Oin, the brother of Gloin, was a dwarf in the company of Thorin Oakenshield. He survived the trip to the Lonely Mountain as well as the Battle of the Five Armies and won his portion of Smaug the dragon's treasure. He followed Balin into Moria to mine and perished there at the hands of Orcs and the Balrog.

Part of Thorin's company of dwarves, Bombur was, shall we say, a little portly. He was a brother to Bofur and cousin to Bifir, who also formed part of the dwarven exiles who wanted to return to the Lonely Mountain and overthrow Smaug the dragon. During their travels, Bombur fell into an enchanted river that the party had been warned about. This caused him to sleep for six days.

Brother of Nori and part of Thorin Oakenshield's dwarven party. Ori survived the quest to win back the Lonely Mountain only to die with Balin in the Mines of Moria at the hands of orcs. It was Ori who kept record of the ill-fated attempt to return to Moria. This was later found by the fellowship as they traveled through the mines.

A leader of the Orcs of Moria, Azog is a fearsome warrior. In the Hobbit movie trilogy, he is involved in the Battle of the Five Armies, which is not how Tolkien described his life. In fact, he was killed by Dain. Bolg, Azog's son, is then involved in the Battle of the Five Armies.

Shelob is a massive spider, offspring of the spider demon Ungoliant. She lives in the Mountains of Mordor where she confronts Sam and Frodo as they look to find Mount Doom. She stings Frodo, leaving him to be devoured later, but he is rescued by Sam who then proceeds to fight Shelob, wounding her with an upwards sword thrust as she tries to crush him. Shelob is also blinded when Sam uses the light from the Phial of Galadriel during the fight.

​Another of Thorin Oakenshield's dwarven companions, Nori survived the quest to rid the Lonely Mountain of the dragon Smaug. He later lived out his life in Erebor, where the mountain was situated and was still alive when the fellowship set out to destroy the one ring.

Grima Wormtongue was the advisor of Theoden, King of Rohan. Grima poisoned the mind of Theoden on the orders of Saruman, effectively allowing himself to rule Rohan according to Saruman's will. Gandalf, however, casts aside the afflictions he placed on Theoden. He is then driven from Rohan and returns to Saruman in Isengard.

Grima Wormtongue was the advisor of Theoden, King of Rohan. Grima, however, poisoned the mind of Theoden on the orders of Saruman, effectively allowing himself to rule Rohan according to Saruman's will. Gandalf, however, casts aside the afflictions he placed on Theoden who then drives him from Rohan and he returns to Saruman in Isengard.

Lurtz is the Urak-Hai captain who appears in the "Lord of the Rings" movies but not in J.R.R. Tolkien's books. He was the first of his kind created by Saruman. He kills Boromir when the fellowship split up after traveling down the Anduin river.

Bifur lived in the Lonely Mountain after the dragon Smaug fell over Lake Town. He was a member of the party of fourteen headed by Thorin Oakenshield that had set out to destroy Smaug and reclaim their land and treasure. He was a ​cousin to Bofur and Bombur.

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