The Most Tragic Backstories of 8 'Lord of the Rings' Characters

The Most Tragic Backstories of 8 'Lord of the Rings' Characters ...

The Lord of the Rings movies are well-known for their complex lore and fantastic characters with fascinating lives and adventures. From selfless hobbit heroes to the most deadly villains, the Lord of the Rings excels at bringing high fantasy to life.

Many of Tolkien's elves, hobbits, orcs, and dwarves are filled with extraordinary characters and unusual creatures. These are the kinds of conflicts and sacrifices that would be reserved for the most powerful of heroes.


Hurin's entire family is roiled with tragedy and suffering. He was once known as Umarth and was the greatest warrior and hero of Men in the First Age. Unfortunately, that was where his luck ended, as his family is what nightmares and curses are made of. Hurin was captured by Morgoth and placed high on the peaks of Thangorodrim, chained to a seat where he was forced to witness all of the evils that occurred.

Hurin was forced to watch his children suffer horrible hardship while feeling guilty for partly causing it for faking evil. He lived his life on the sea just to have his wife die almost immediately after he was freed from captivity. Hurin ended his life at sea after finally discovering that all his actions had only aided Morgoth.


Maedhros, as the head of his family, demonstrated this unflinching courage. Under the Oath of Feanor, Maedhros and his six brothers pledged non-negotiable loyalty to anyone who took a Silmaril.

Maedhros was known for his skill as both a diplomat and a vicious warrior. He never got to live an existence without the Oath. He spent his final days with his last surviving brother, ready to die defending their claim against Eonwe and the Silmaril jewels he owned.


Smeagol was once a lovely Hobbit with a head full of dark hair and a hunger for life. Most people know him as Gollum, the horrible creature who walks on all fours and whose name was inspired by his gurgling, choking cough after the Ring was corrupted.

Smeagol's life is tragic because he had a whole world ahead of him, but he easily fell to the lies of the One Ring. He is no hero, but there is a lot of sympathy for this Hobbit. He refused to accept the Ring's request, returning over and over again until it destroyed him and made him a disreputable creature.

Thorin II Oakenshield

Thorin was the grandson of King Thror and the uncle of the beloved dwarves, Fili and Kili. He was well-known for his leadership in the Battle of Five Armies and his successful infiltration of the Kingdom under the Mountain, from which he and his men drove out Smaug.

Thorin's death is one of the most horrifying events in the Hobbit book and Peter Jackson's trilogy. His enthusiasm and passion for life are unmatched, and the only thing that his heart desires is to reclaim himself as King under the Mountain. It is heartbreaking to realize that the dwarf spent his life attempting to accomplish this goal, along with his nephews, Fili and Kili.


Elrond is the half-elven Lord of Rivendell and the great Elf-ruler of old. He was the father of Elladan, Elrohir, and Arwen, and lived a very miserable life. He goes through his wife being captured and tortured by Orcs, his brother, Elros, and losing his daughter before Arda Healed.

The Lord of the Rings films neglect to mention many of Elrond's dark and tragic past. He will stand beside him in The Rings of Power.


Fans of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will get a treat on the backstories of some of the most famous Elven characters in the trilogy. Celebrimbor is a well-known elf whose destiny is linked to Sauron. He will be played by Charles Edwards in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

Celebrimbor's life was filled with misfortune as he fought in the battles of Dagor-nuin-Giliath and Gondolin, before later escaping the Sack of Nargothrond and surviving the Fall of Gondolin. He became the creator of the Three Rings of Power under the guidance and manipulation of Sauron, who later went on to betray him while forging the One Ring in secret. Celebrimbor's land was captured and tortured into revealing


Beleg was a Sindarin elf known as Beleg Strongbow for his excellent bowmanship. He was a constant companion to Turin Turambar, who commanded the army of King Elu Thingol of Doriath. He was an elf who could not be contained, an Elven captain of great prestige.

Beleg loved his friend as a brother and refused to give up following him when some of Turin's outlaws tortured him. Even after the abuse, Beleg refused to leave Turin's side and followed him in his wanderings. Turin was eventually captured by Orcs, leading to Beleg's death.


Denethor is rendered a disservice by the Lord of the Rings films. He is made cruel and cold, with endless contempt for Aragorn and mistreatment of his sons, but his character should be known for being a broken father above all else. Denethor lost himself in his concern for his children while doing his best to save the poor city he pledged to protect.

Denethor was unrelentingly loyal to his sons and subjects. He was not just the father of Boromir and Faramir, he was the father of the greater Gondor as a whole. It is heartbreaking to watch him go mad with the idea of power so much that it consumes him and brings him to a state of ruin that he never recovers.