In the US, tournament frenzy hits every March with the onset of the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball March Madness tournament. We thought this year would be a good opportunity for the entire Tolkien community to participate in a special tournament of our own. So without further delay we are announcing the Middle-earth Madness Tournament! The goal is to settle, once and for all, which character is favored most by Tolkien fans worldwide. To start off the process, the staff at TheOneRing.net compiled a list of 46 finalists. We need to weed this list down to 32 total contestants. To do that, we are going to ask you to vote for up to three characters in the poll below. Voting will be open until Feb 29th at Noon ET. We will then compile the results and create our tournament bracket with seeding based on total votes. It should be noted, much like the men’s basketball tournament in, our Middle-earth Madness selection committee does reserve the right to adjust results a bit in the spirit of competition. (and like the men’s basketball committee, some of the decisions are sure to be controversial!!) So without further delay, let the voting begin!

Don’t forget to share this poll with your friends and family – especially if you want one particular character to win!

Comments

  1. No Huan the hound? 

  2. FrodoK

    A freaking TON of characters are missing. I was looking for Tuor personally, but read the comments and realize that this is completely flawed from the start. So many characters are missing that the winner will hold no meaning whatsoever.

  3. FrodoK

    And somehow Aragorn gets on the list TWICE? Absolutely awful.

  4. Jon Padgett

    Legolas over Bilbo?  Really?

  5. Ad

    Ecthelion for sure!(I hope it’s Ecthelion of the fountain they are referring to…) But I wanted Rog to be on the list, even though he’s only briefly described in the Fall of Gondolin.
    The Fall of Gondolin is by the way my favourite among Tolkiens story’s.

  6. Spodbodders

    The only reason Legolas is top is because they haven’t made a film of the Silmarillion. It is a travesty that Legolas is top when all he does is make jokes with Gimli, when the real heroes (i.e. Fingolfin!) are at the bottom. How Bilbo ended up with 5.7% compared to Finrod’s 0.23% I’ll never fathom.

  7. Spodbodders

    The only reason Legolas is top is because they haven’t made a film of the Silmarillion. It is a travesty that Legolas is top when all he does is make jokes with Gimli, when the real heroes (i.e. Fingolfin!) are at the bottom. How Bilbo ended up with 5.7% compared to Finrod’s 0.23% I’ll never fathom.

  8. Enna

    Gosh, it was hard to vote! I have so many favorite characters from the books and movie.
    I voted for Aragorn as Strider, ( I named my Great Pyrnees dog Strider (;) Gandalf the Gray 
    and Sam. Who does not like Sam? I think that there should have been just Gandalf, not two 
    options like Gandalf the white or Gandalf the grey to vote for though. This was really fun anyway, 
    and happy voting everyone!!!!!!

  9. Adamboliek

    Where is Turin????????????????????????????????????

  10. ladyhobbit

    im sure others are unhappy about gandalf having two different personas.  Aragorn as well.  as they’ll both surely make the finals it isn’t so bad.  but it is truly unfair to split it.  this coming from a huge Sam fan!

    • Enna

      I agree!

  11. SCJen

    You put Carcharoth, but NOT Gwaihir? What the heck sort of list is this?

  12. I can’t just pick three!  

  13. Xledia

    Bill the pony needs some representation! XD   

  14. Ihaveelfear

    I am shocked that Legolas is number one currently, don’t get me wrong I love me some hot blonde bow and arrow wielding elf but I figured only 13y/o girls loved him! I’m impressed!

  15. Wheeeeeere is Bill the Pony?

  16. Vandens_lelija

    Where’s my all-time favorite character, Tuor?

  17. Tuor_GR

    Turin and Tuor u guysss!!!!!

  18. Totec

    I can grasp the dividing of Gandalf seeing as there is a noticeable difference of “character” in the text..but, I’m not really liking the division of Aragorn.

  19. Mason-Theresa

    I understand the fascination with Gandalf, but it’s really all about Bilbo, isn’t it?

  20. Kristin

    As a Gandalf fan, I was delighted to see that the old guy came out on top even though he was divided into two characters. Of course, in the film he was made to seem like two different characters. In the book, though, he’s more powerful, but as a character, he doesn’t change much.

  21. Nonono

    Turin Turambar? Tuor? Círdan? Elladan? Elrohir? This is rubbish.

  22. Estella Brandybuck

    Dont know how to do the poll but Merry is my favourite followed by Pippin

  23. Dbkbsb

    gandalf has to win, its just wrong if he doesn’t

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