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21 deaths from 'The Lord of the Rings' movies, ranked from least to most heartbreaking

A number of notable characters die in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

  • "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy options a number of notable character deaths. 
  • I wasn't upset when Sauron, Lurtz, and Denethor II died since they triggered a lot strife.
  • King Théoden and Boromir's dying scenes have been probably the most emotional and transferring.
Regardless that "The Lord of the Rings" is a fantasy collection, it doesn't function a ton of notable character deaths.

The Lord of the Rings
Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Fellowship of the Ring."

Based mostly on the fantasy books by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy accommodates a justifiable share of deaths, although most aren't from the core solid of characters.

Whereas rewatching all 11-and-a-half hours — it's both the prolonged editions or nothing — I compiled a rating of the key (and a few minor) on-screen deaths based mostly on how upsetting they have been on a scale from one to 10.

21. Sauron

Sauron in scary black armor in lord of the rings
Sauron created the One Ring.

The Darkish Lord Sauron was the creator of the One Ring and major antagonist of the movies.

He spent your complete trilogy making an attempt to reclaim the magic merchandise and vanquish his enemies so he might rule the world — or what was left of it.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King"

Reason behind dying: Sauron died (bodily) through the Struggle of the Final Alliance, when Isildur (Harry Sinclair) minimize the ring from his finger, however the remainder of him wasn't destroyed till the final act of the ultimate movie. 

When the One Ring was destroyed within the fires of Mordor, the Eye of Sauron and Barad-dûr (the Darkish Fortress) imploded, presumably for good.

Unhappiness rating: -5/10

Regardless that Sauron's fiery eye seemed cool, the Darkish Lord had zero redeeming qualities and was liable for many accidents and deaths.

If somebody tells you his demise made them unhappy — run.

20. Lurtz

Lurtz the Uruk-hai shooting an arrow in lord of the rings
Lurtz killed Boromir.

The firstborn Uruk-hai, Lurtz pledged allegiance to Saruman (Christopher Lee). He was made the chief of the scouts and despatched out to do the White Wizard's bidding.

Time of dying: "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Reason behind dying: Lurtz's life was short-lived — he didn't make it by the primary movie of the trilogy.

In a battle towards Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and the Fellowship, Lurtz barely reacted to the ache as he was stabbed a number of occasions and even misplaced an arm. When Aragorn impaled him within the abdomen, he pulled the blade in deeper and growled earlier than in the end getting beheaded.

Unhappiness rating: 0/10

Lurtz was a formidable opponent, however killing Boromir (Sean Bean) erased any modicum of unhappiness I might have for that scary hybrid soldier.

19. Denethor II

Denethor II holding a staff of fire in lord of the rings
John Noble as Denethor II in "The Return of the King."

Denethor II (John Noble) was the daddy of Boromir and Faramir (David Wenham), and the Steward — not king — of Gondor.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King"

Reason behind dying: After making an attempt (and failing) to burn himself and his least-favorite son alive, Denethor II was kicked into the flames by Gandalf's horse, Shadowfax. 

Nonetheless ablaze, he ran screaming off of a cliff in Minas Tirith and presumably died on the lengthy journey down or when he hit the bottom.

Unhappiness rating: 0/10

Denethor sucked from day one. When he ran flailing and on hearth from the pyre the place he tried to kill Faramir, I cheered.

18. Snaga

Snaga looking scared in lord of the rings
Snaga tried to eat Merry and Pippin.

One of many few orcs that acquired to talk within the movies, Snaga (Jed Brophy) was a member of Saruman's military.

Time of dying: "The Two Towers"

Reason behind dying: A starved Snaga let his urge for food get the higher of him and tried to eat hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) towards orders. Uglúk, the brand new chief of the Uruk-hai, then minimize off his head.

Unhappiness rating: 0/10

It sucked to see such an entertaining and well-designed character go, however unhappiness wasn't an emotion I felt in that second.

17. Grishnákh

Grishnákh in a forrest in lord of the rings
Grishnákh was killed by Treebeard.

Grishnákh (Stephen Ure) was an orc captain from Mordor.

Time of dying: "The Two Towers"

Reason behind dying: After Snaga was killed chasing Merry and Pippin, Grishnákh adopted them into the forest. Earlier than he might damage the hobbits, he was stepped on by Treebeard the Ent (John Rhys-Davies).

Unhappiness rating: 0/10

*Shrug.*

16. The Witch-king of Angmar

The Witch-king of Angmar in pointy helmet in lord of the rings
Éowyn killed the Witch-king of Angmar.

The chief of the Ringwraiths, or the ominous Black Riders, the Witch-king of Angmar had been corrupted by the 9 Rings of Energy.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King"

Reason behind dying: Based on prophecy, the Witch-king can’t be killed by any man.

Whereas making an attempt to complete off King Théoden (Bernard Hill), the Witch-king got here face-to-face with a soldier who turned out to be Éowyn (Miranda Otto) in disguise. 

She mentioned, "I’m no man," earlier than stabbing the undead Lord of the Nazgûl within the face.

Unhappiness rating: 0.5/10

I really like an excellent crown-and-cloak ensemble, however that was all of the Witch-king had going for him. 

15. Théodred

Eomer holding Théodred, who is injured
Paris Howe Strewe as Théodred in "The Two Towers."

Théodred (Paris Howe Strewe) was the Prince of Gondor and the son of King Théoden.

Time of dying: "The Two Towers"

Reason behind dying: Théodred initially survived an orc assault and was discovered by his cousin Éomer (Karl City), however he later died from his accidents.

Unhappiness rating: 1/10

I couldn't give him the identical score because the orcs, however I used to be fairly unfazed by Theodred's dying.

14. Elendil

Elendil with his eyes closed on the ground in lord of the rings
Peter McKenzie as Elendil in "The Fellowship of the Ring."

Elendil (Peter McKenzie) was Excessive King of the Dúnedain and the cofounder and first King of Gondor.

The principle occasions of the trilogy occurred lengthy after his dying, however viewers are launched to him on the onset since he and his bloodline are necessary to the historical past (and future) of Center Earth.

Time of dying: "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Reason behind dying: Elendil was slain through the Struggle of the Final Alliance. Upon becoming a member of the combat, Sauron made mild work of his enemies with a couple of swings of his mace. 

King Elendil was despatched flying by the pressure of Sauron's blow and landed towards a boulder. As he lay dying, his son, Isildur, took up his damaged sword and minimize the One Ring from Sauron's hand.

Unhappiness rating: 2/10

Though Elendil was very completed and necessary, viewers didn't get loads of time with him, so it was troublesome to really feel connected. 

13. Isildur

Isildur in a helmet looking shocked in lord of the rings
Harry Sinclair as Isildur in "The Fellowship of the Ring."

Isildur was the eldest son of Elendil and the primary coruler of Gondor.

However his greatness comes with a caveat — regardless that he defeated Sauron in battle, he refused to destroy the One Ring when he had the possibility.

Time of dying: "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Reason behind dying: Isildur died not lengthy after the Final Alliance battle, through the Catastrophe of the Gladden Fields. That is proven within the first film throughout Galadriel's (Cate Blanchett) narration.

When his firm was attacked by orcs, he was betrayed by the One Ring. He put it on to vanish and conceal underwater, but it surely slipped off, exposing him. 

Orc archers took benefit of this and killed him.

Unhappiness rating: 2/10

Isildur deserves not less than the identical stage of unhappiness as his father, however not destroying the ring comes with a wholesome dollop of orc-flavored karma.

12. Gríma Wormtongue

Grima wormtongue in black outfit in lord of the rings
Brad Dourif as Gríma Wormtongue in "The Return of the King."

Formally, Wormtongue (Brad Dourif) was the chief counselor to King Théoden. Unofficially, he was a puppet for Saruman.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King"

Reason behind dying: After it was clear that Saruman had misplaced and by no means revered Wormtongue, the traitor pulled a blade and stabbed the wizard within the again atop his tower in Isengard. 

Making an attempt to cease the homicide, Legolas (Orlando Bloom) shot Wormtongue from the bottom with an arrow.

Unhappiness rating: 2/10

Regardless that Wormtongue killed Saruman and his actions have been, partly, out of unrequited love for King Théoden's adopted daughter, Éowyn, that wasn't sufficient to redeem his traitorous habits.

11. Saruman

Saruman in white holding a staff in lord of the rings
Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman in "The Return of the King."

Saruman was a wizard and former buddy of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) who turned and began working for the Darkish Lord Sauron.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King."

Reason behind dying: After his army-birthing manufacturing unit was destroyed by the Ents, Saruman and his lackey Wormtongue fled to the highest of his tower in Isengard. 

When Gandalf and the opposite members of the Fellowship confronted them, Wormtongue betrayed his grasp, stabbing him. Saruman fell from the tower and landed on a spiked wheel.

Unhappiness rating: 2.4/10

One doesn’t merely give Sir Lee a zero. 

Regardless that Saruman was liable for some (learn: practically all) of the deaths within the movies, Lee's efficiency made me sort of love the character, so I grew to become invested in his schemes.

10. Unknown goblin

A goblin getting choken with saruman in the background in lord of the rings
Lurtz killed this goblin.

In "The Fellowship of the Ring," a anonymous goblin was charged with overseeing the start of the Uruk-hai. Little is thought about his life previous to that second.

Time of dying: "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Reason behind dying: This goblin was launched and instantly killed within the first movie. 

As a thanks for his service, he was choked to dying by Lurtz, the primary Uruk-hai to hatch from a muddy embryonic sac. Tragic.

Unhappiness rating: 4/10

Are you able to think about serving to to ship a 6-foot-tall child, just for that jacked new child to right away kill you?

9. Háma

Hama in armor looking scared in lord of the rings
John Leigh as Háma in "The Two Towers."

Háma (John Leigh) was a Man of Rohan and the captain of Théoden's guard. He additionally had a sick pink beard.

Time of dying: "The Two Towers"

Reason behind dying: Háma and Gamling (Bruce Hopkins) have been ambushed by warg-rider scouts whereas the individuals of Rohan retreated, and one of many big wolves took his head.

Unhappiness rating: 4/10

Háma was a loyal captain and good man. He additionally let Gandalf by safety along with his employees when coming into the king's corridor, so he acquired further cool factors.

 

8. Cave troll of Moria

The cave troll rounding a corn in lord of the rings
The Fellowship killed this cave troll.

Because the identify suggests, that is the troll that the Fellowship encountered whereas within the mines of Moria. The anonymous being was saved on a leash by a military of goblins.

Time of dying: "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Reason behind dying: After taking heavy injury from swords and axes, the troll was lastly introduced down when Pippin stabbed him at the back of the neck and Legolas shot a wonderfully positioned arrow. 

Unhappiness rating: 4.2/10

The troll clearly didn't take pleasure in getting used as a weapon — the moans it let loose because it collapsed and died have been these of a tragic beast that deserved higher.

7. Harry Goatleaf

Harry goatleaf holding a latern in a doorway
Martyn Sanderson as Harry Goatleaf in "The Fellowship of the Ring."

Harry (Martyn Sanderson) was a gatekeeper in Bree, the village the place Frodo (Elijah Wooden) was supposed to satisfy Gandalf at a tavern referred to as The Prancing Pony.

Time of dying: "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Reason behind dying: When Frodo unintentionally placed on the ring on the Prancing Pony, the Black Riders sensed it and headed for Bree. 

Not ones to attend for an invite, they charged by the gate, knocking it down and trampling Harry within the course of.

Unhappiness rating: 4.5/10

Harry could have come off like a nosy bouncer when Frodo and the opposite hobbits arrived at Bree, however he was simply doing his job. He even confirmed them respect and referred to as them "younger sirs." 

6. Gollum

Gollum crouching down in lord of the rings
Gollum had been corrupted by the One Ring.

Gollum (Andy Serkis), often known as Sméagol, was a former Stoor-hobbit and the bearer of the One Ring for over 500 years.

For hundreds of years, it poisoned his thoughts and gave him an unnaturally lengthy life.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King"

Reason behind dying: Unable to shake his obsession along with his "treasured," Gollum attacked Frodo whereas he and Sam (Sean Astin) have been making an attempt to destroy the ring within the fires of Mount Doom. 

Gollum and the evil totem fell into the volcano and have been destroyed collectively.

Unhappiness rating: 5/10

This can be a controversial opinion, however splitting the score in half appeared like the proper alternative for a tragic character like Gollum. 

He did some good, and he did loads of dangerous, however the latter wasn't completely his fault.

5. Haldir

Haldir in a cloak in lord of the rings
Craig Parker as Haldir in "The Two Towers."

Haldir (Craig Parker) was an elf from Lothlórien. The Fellowship met him firstly of their quest and crossed paths with him once more at Helm's Deep.

Time of dying: "The Two Towers"

Reason behind dying: After exhibiting as much as combat at Helm's Deep, Haldir was killed by orcs earlier than he had an opportunity to retreat with the others.

Unhappiness rating: 6/10

Haldir appeared like a little bit of a snob, however he was there when wanted probably the most. 

The scene was made sadder by the slow-motion photographs and miserable music, specifically Howard Shore's "Haldir's Lament." 

Even at over 3,000 years previous, he was gone too quickly.

4. Déagol

deagol in wet clothes in lord of the rings
Thomas Robins as Déagol in "The Return of the King."

Déagol (Thomas Robins) was Sméagol's cousin and finest buddy. He died lengthy earlier than the occasions of the trilogy, however his dying led Gollum to the One Ring.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King"

Reason behind dying: Déagol was dragged into the water whereas out fishing along with his cousin. 

He occurred upon the ring earlier than swimming to the floor, however when he refused to let Sméagol have it, his kin choked him to dying and took the "treasured" for himself.

Unhappiness rating: 6/10

Déagol appeared just like the sweeter of the 2 Stoor-hobbits. To look at him be brutally choked to dying by a member of the family over a chunk of bijou on a pleasant, peaceable day was deeply unsettling. 

And realizing how that day modified Smeagol's life makes the scene even worse on subsequent rewatches.

3. Snowmane

King Theoden on his horse snowmane in front of an army
Snowmane died in battle.

Snowmane was King Theoden's horse.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King"

Reason behind dying: Snowmane was killed in battle when the Witch-king of Angmar's fellbeast grabbed and flung him throughout the battlefield. 

He died as he lived: a warrior.

Unhappiness rating: 6.5/10

Animals are treasured and we don't deserve them, particularly horses. Snowmane served Gondor properly and it was a disgrace he needed to be there when all of it hit the fan.

2. Théoden

King Theoden lying on the ground in lord of the rings
Bernard Hill as King Théoden in "The Return of the King."

Théoden was the seventeenth King of Rohan. He was additionally the daddy of Théodred and adoptive father to Éowyn and Éomer, his niece and nephew.

Time of dying: "The Return of the King"

Reason behind dying: Théoden was killed in battle when his horse, Snowmane, was attacked by a fellbeast and thrown on high of him.

Unhappiness rating: 7/10

Théoden did a lot for his individuals. It was an actual bummer that he didn't get to die of previous age along with his family members by his facet.

1. Boromir

Boromir with an arrow in his chest in lord of the rings
Sean Bean as Boromir in "The Fellowship of the Ring."

Boromir was the eldest son of Denethor II, a famend warrior of Gondor, and a member of the Fellowship.

Time of dying: "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Reason behind dying: Boromir died within the first movie, however we noticed extra of him throughout his brother's flashback in "The Two Towers." 

After making an attempt to take the One Ring from Frodo, Boromir was ambushed by Uruk-hai. After placing forth a valiant effort, he was struck a number of occasions by Lurtz's arrows, but continued to combat to guard Merry and Pippin.

He survived lengthy sufficient to apologize to Aragorn and acknowledge him because the rightful king, then died towards the roots of a tree whereas holding his sword.

Unhappiness rating: 9/10

I don't blame Boromir for trying to steal the One Ring. He was solely making an attempt to assist his individuals and had been negatively influenced each by the ring's energy and by his horrible father. 

Bean can be probably the greatest relating to dying on-screen — his efficiency bought Boromir's demise and broke my coronary heart.

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