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  • Clive

    This was a really good list. I suppose that’s just because I’m a lotr fan but it was just really interesting to read.

    • This was a niche list to be sure. But sometimes these specific lists can intrigue those not familiar with the topic and bring In new fans.

      • Glorfindel

        Dude Ecthelion killed 4 balrogs, one being gothmog ( lord of the balrogs), and melkor was only greater than sauron in cruelty alone.

        • Alex

          Nice one … forgot about Ecthelion. Bad-ass indeed. I do have to disagree with your statement regarding Morgoth (Melkor) . Morgoth was a Valar and the equivalent of Lucifer where as Sauron was a lieutenant, the equivelant of a lesser demon. Sauron/Balrogs/Wizards(Istari) are all of equal standing and are basically the same race of fire spirits.

  • Freethinker9761

    As a huge Tolkien fan, I really appreciated this list! A lot of the characters on this list will only be familiar to those who’ve read the “Silmarillion”. Glorfindel was an obvious (and deserving) one for the list, others were more than justified as being listed! Yeah, Melkor counts too. Two huge thumbs up!!

  • Obeezy

    I am just a watcher of the movies and that is it so this list was very interesting. I never knew about Melkor. I always thought Sauron was the most evil ever.

  • jason stone

    having huge interest in the movies but none in reading the books..the was a wonderful list for me to get a little more familiar with the story of Middle Earth

    • Nicole M

      Please, Please just pick up and read the books at least once! They are a whole other world apart from the well done movies. I wish Treebeard had made an appearance in this list, the Entmoot and storming of Isengard in written form are some of my favorite moments in Middle Earth!

  • Hush

    Badass and Middle Earth is a contradiction within itself. Lame.

    • CBomb

      Guess you showed everyone with your wittiness.

  • issdiekartoffel

    I miss Fëanor.

  • Yarewe

    Other than Ungoliant, you didn’t name a single badass female in Middle Earth…not one. Not Luthien who faced Melkor alone in his lair, bested him with enchantment, causing him to fall asleep, and then stole the Simarils; not Eowyn, who, with the help of Merry the Hobbit, defeated the Witch King of Angmar; and, not Galadriel, who strove against Sauron in thought and power, and at Dol Guldur, threw down his walls and pits.

    • Luiza

      This is a list of characters which did not make it to the movie. Both Eowyn and Galadriel were in the movies!

  • Finrod

    You are missing 2. I would put Luthien herself above Beren. She walks into Morgoth’s fortress and puts him to sleep with a magic song and then takes the silmarils from his crown.

    The second, Finrod Felagund. Galadriel’s older brother, who dies to save Beren, by killing a monstrous wolf with his bare hands and TEETH, after bursting free from his chains and shackles with his own might.

  • Glorfindel

    Heres a list of greats: Cirdan oldest elve alive, Ecthelion killed four balrogs, earindil killed ancelagon the black and gaurds the world from melkor, tour went to gondolin and married idril, glorfindel born in valanor and friend of Olorin aka gandalf and killed a balrog making sure tour, idril, and many others got out of gondilin and killed thousands of orcs, but don’t forget Feanor the one who started this al.

  • jayce

    Don’t know if this list is compete without Huan. Talk about absolute bad ass. Beren and Luthien never happens without Huan. The great hound did one thing no one else on this list could do, defeat Sauron in physical combat. And he captured Luthien before becoming her ally, so he’d have to be above her on this list imho.

  • Eärendil

    Dude, you forgot about me

  • Turambar

    I feel like Luthien kind of deserved Beren’s spot – SHE was the one who took on Sauron and won, literally sang his fortress into the ground, and sang Melkor to sleep so Beren could steal the Silmaril. Also, technically, Luthien went to Mandos with the intent of getting Beren back, alongside the “died of grief” thing.

    Also, I feel Haleth deserves a mention. One and only noted female chief of men, proud and fierce and terrifying, and not about to bend the knee to any old Noldorin lord she comes across thank you very much.

  • Ancalagon the Black

    If Ungoliant makes this list, why not Ancalagon? Ancalagon the Black, Father of the Winged Drakes? The Ur-Dragon? The biggest dragon in the history of Middle Earth, ancient ancestor to Smaug. In falling, he leveled an entire volcano. In fact, a real-life genus of worms was named “Ancalagon” after Tolkien’s creation.

    Honestly, I see Ungoliant, Ancalagon, and Carcharoth as a sort of trio of “original horrors” from which generations of lesser monster spawn originated. Including just one of the three seems strange.

    • Shell Harris

      Ancalagon is a wonderful suggestion and I’ve linked to him in this comment for those who wish to learn more:
      We can’t include everyone we wanted, but we hope this list at least gives people more insight into just how creative Tolkien was and how rich middle-earth was as well.

      • Ancalagon the Black

        Thanks for the link and reply, Shell!