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Lord of the Rings Characters by Screen Time

Name the characters who were on-screen the most in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
Based on a user-created list on IMDB that has since been deleted
Not counting the Hobbit
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Last updated: December 2, 2017
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First submittedAugust 4, 2017
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Character
121
Frodo Baggins
78
Samwise Gamgee
74
Aragorn
71
Gandalf
50
Pippin Took
41
Merry Brandybuck
34
Gollum
31
Legolas
31
Gimli
Minutes
Character
24
Théoden
20
Boromir
18
Éowyn
15
Arwen
13
Bilbo Baggins
12
Elrond
12
Faramir
10
Treebeard
Minutes
Character
9
Saruman
8
Galadriel
8
Éomer
7
The Witch King
6
Denethor
5
Grima Wormtongue
4
Gamling
4
Sauron
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2017
Man, I was trying so hard to thing of Gamling, but could only think of Grimbol. Nerd-world problems.
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Level 80
Aug 7, 2017
All I could think of was Hama!
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2017
Yo same, dude
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Level 64
Jul 17, 2020
Same here
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Level 77
Aug 4, 2017
What about the Balrog? Seems to me like it was on screen more than 4 minutes between the fight in Moria, the flashbacks, and Gandalf's story in Two Towers.
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Level 76
Aug 12, 2017
Balrogs are a type of creature, not the name of an individual character.
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Level 76
Sep 22, 2017
Durin's Bane, then?
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Level 86
Nov 29, 2017
I'm not so sure. I haven't measured it, but I feel like all of the balrog's actual appearances on screen were pretty short (like, <10 seconds), and I doubt they added up to 4 minutes total.
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Level 75
Jul 24, 2020
i would have missed it anyway. I typed Bolrag.
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Level 76
Aug 4, 2017
Is this the extended edition or the theatrical edition?
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Level 72
Aug 5, 2017
Can you accept the Steward of Gondor for Denthor? I appreciate it's his title rather than his given name, but surely it's close enough to be acceptable?
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Level 53
Mar 25, 2022
nah, otherwise you could just type king of gondor which hardly seems reasonable.
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Level 72
Aug 12, 2023
Except no one is referred to as “King of Gondor” (bar possibly Aragorn at the very very end)whereas Denethor is also called “The Steward of Gondor” fairly often.
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Level 66
Aug 7, 2017
HOW DID I MISS GOLLUM?
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Level 63
Aug 28, 2017
GOLLUM. GOLLUM.
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Level 88
Nov 29, 2017
Because Gollum, the evil one, crept up and slipped away with her (her referring to your memory, of course). :)
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Level 60
Dec 14, 2021
Virgin Zeppelin reference
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Level 63
Aug 22, 2017
The Lord of the Rings franchise spans around 11 hours of screen time. That is 660 minutes. How in the world could Aragorn only be in an hour and fifteen minutes of that time? The same goes for the rest of the Fellowship excluding Boromir.
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Level ∞
Aug 23, 2017
Lord of the Rings landscape montage. Maybe you should count yourself and see if you can get a different answer?
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Level 64
Jul 17, 2020
Also lots of shots of extras getting killed.
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Level 62
Oct 30, 2017
Accept Agent Smith for Elrond? 😂😂
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Level 89
Nov 29, 2017
What about Magneto for Gandalf? Or Dracula for Saruman? Or Queen Elizabeth for Galadriel? Or Will Turner for Legolas? Or Sallah for Gimli? Or...
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Level 68
Jun 11, 2020
Nah, Count Dooku for Saruman
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Level 51
Nov 22, 2017
Forgot Gamling and Grima. Gamling seemed to not have as much importance in the movie, same with Wormtongue which is the main reason I forgot them. Good quiz!
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Level 90
Nov 29, 2017
Looking at the source data, I never knew Sallah was an Ent as well.
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2017
Only 9 minutes for Saruman?!?
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Level 66
Nov 29, 2017
A lot of his scenes were cut, if we're talking about the theatrical releases rather than the extended versions.
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Level 84
Feb 1, 2020
I thought the extended editions only added his scene at the beginning of Return of the King, maybe 3 minutes of screen time. Pretty sure there was an extra 4 hours of Treebeard in them though...
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Level 51
Nov 29, 2017
You should accept Meriadoc for Merry. Since it's, you know, his name.
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Level 66
Nov 29, 2017
Who is Gamling again?
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Level 76
Apr 27, 2021
King Theodens buddy. A little obscure for this quiz, is his name even mentioned in the movies?
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Level 67
May 12, 2021
He is definitely mentioned. Off the top of my head I can remember two times: first, when he (Gamling) dresses up King Theoden for battle at Helm's Deep, he (the King) asks him, "Who am I, Gamling?"

Second time, when the Rohirrim arrive to Minas Tirith: "Gamling, follow the King's banner down the center!"

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Level 37
Mar 17, 2024
It's hilarious that he has just as much screen time as sauron
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Level 85
Jan 11, 2022
Masterfully played by the great character actor, Brad Dourif.
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Level 77
Feb 18, 2023
Nah, you're thinking of Grima Wormtongue. Gamling was played by Bruce Hopkins.
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Level 82
Nov 29, 2017
Aowyn? Arwyn? hard to guess made up name spellings sometimes.
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Level 64
Jul 17, 2020
Aren't all names made up...
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Level 82
Jul 17, 2020
No. When you name your child Robert or Benjamin this is not a made-up name. It's a common name that has been in use for centuries if not millennia. You might be naming them after a family member, or after someone famous, or you might be picking the name out of a book. In any of these cases, you are not inventing the name yourself. And unless you intentionally riff on the spelling, everyone will know from convention how to spell your kid's name.

Tolkien was inventing these names out of thin air most of the time. That's obviously very different. And few would be expected to know how to spell them.

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Level 77
Dec 6, 2022
Both Arwen and Eowyn have roots in Welsh and Old English. Not knowing how to spell these names is no more unfair that me not knowing how to spell Ahsan Akhlaaq or Nisreen because i don't speak Arabic.
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Level 58
Nov 29, 2017
Should accept Nazgul King.
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Level 75
Nov 30, 2017
Or King of Angmar
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Level 24
Nov 29, 2017
What about the elf they encounter in Lothlorien, who then goes to the Battle of Helm's Deep to help them? Haldir? Lindir? I cannot recall his name, but he must have been on screen for longer than 4 minutes, unless I am totally out to lunch.
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Level 24
Nov 29, 2017
Scratch that - looked it up and he only had two minutes of screen time.
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Level 75
Nov 30, 2017
How was lunch?
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Level 78
Nov 30, 2017
Fangorn for Treebeard?
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Level 69
Dec 1, 2017
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2017
Okay
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Level 66
Dec 7, 2017
Shadowfax was onscreen for over four minutes.
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Level 63
Dec 19, 2017
Surely Shelob had more than 4 minutes of screen-time?
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Level 56
Mar 29, 2019
Kept typing Lich King, over and over again with different spellings. I got my fandoms crossed.
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Level 41
Oct 28, 2019
Even when it comes to screen time, gimli and legolas are still trying to beat each other...
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Level 77
Nov 7, 2019
Sure thing. They were joint at the hip, kinda...
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Level 72
Jul 17, 2020
The Hobbit trilogy really screwed Gimli over...
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Level 88
Nov 7, 2019
Wow, Sauruman was only on screen from 9 minutes. It speaks wonders to Christopher Lee's performance that it felt like he was on-screen far more. A real stand-out actor in a memorable role.
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Level 79
May 13, 2020
He was in more scenes in the Extended Edition, but some of those were trimmed for the version that went into cinemas.
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Level 73
Jan 10, 2020
I'm surprised that none of the orcs have more than 4 minutes of screentime.
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Level 79
May 13, 2020
The link to the source of this quiz is no longer working
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Level ∞
May 14, 2020
Why did IMDB remove their user-created lists? They also appear to have blocked their lists from being archived by archive.org. Shoddy work, IMDB.
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Level 75
Jul 17, 2020
Nice quiz! if you're looking for another LOTR quiz, please check out this one: https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/102112/lotr-whos-your-daddy
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Level 85
Jul 17, 2020
Accept Strider for Aragorn?
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2020
That’s what I tried, too.
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Level 81
Jul 17, 2020
I kept trying different spellings of Bombadil, shocked it wasn't on there.
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Level 28
Sep 17, 2022
Tom Bombadil doesn't appear in the Lord of the Rings films! I was really sad about that.
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Level 77
Jul 17, 2020
I love it that this site caters for children too!
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Level 73
Jul 17, 2020
This isn't a "children's" quiz.
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Level 52
Dec 3, 2020
I could name several hundred quizzes a child would play before this one.
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Level 79
Feb 1, 2021
I agree. Great kids' quiz.
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Level 77
Feb 18, 2023
We get it, you're much more intellectual and mature than the rest of us plebes. Now go back to reading your Proust and let us enjoy ourselves.
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Level 27
Jan 25, 2021
Dude, how could I forget Bilbo?? Got everyone else though. Nice quiz
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Level 60
Apr 6, 2021
Thought Haldir would be 2nd to last :(
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Level 64
Sep 6, 2021
Sauron? Where? All you ever see is the Eye looking out from Mordor, and that ain't Sauron, Toto
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Level 71
Oct 2, 2022
Next in the list, apparently:

The Balrog, Déagol, Gothmog, Lurtz, Haldir, Isildur, Madril, Celeborn, Háma, Rosie Cotton, King of the Dead.

I guess they don't count Shadowfax or Brego as characters.

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Level 77
Dec 6, 2022
Of those I tried Balrog, Deagol, Hama, Celeborn, King of the Dead, and Rosie Cotton. Really frustrated when none were on there.