The classic movie Lord of the Rings has often been compared to the popular tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Its story, which includes a party inclusive of various races and skills that go on a quest to conquer evil, is eerily similar to the classic setup of a D&D campaign.
The written tale of The Fellowship of the Ring, however, was created long before the game and therefore was not created in accordance with the specific classes the game provides. However, there are still clear connections between Tolkien’s characters and the Fifth edition handbook that D&D players use today.
9 Frodo – Warlock
Frodo, though the main protagonist of Lord of the Rings, has a class ironically tied to evil: the warlock. Warlocks are beings that get power from an often malicious patron, usually in a way that causes control over their lives.
While Frodo doesn’t have any magical abilities on his own, he does get the power to turn invisible via the One Ring, a token crafted by the movie’s BBEG, Sauron. Clearly, the source of the ring’s power is not a pleasant god, like it might be for other classes, but the evil Sauron, making Frodo a warlock.
8 Sam – Cleric
It’s hard to tell Sam’s class, as he has no magical or clear martial fighting abilities, even though Sam is strong in bravery. If the fellowship party were to be translated into a D&D one, however, Sam would almost certainly take on the role of a cleric.
Judging by his personality because of his lack of combat, Sam would be a cleric because of the class’s vital role in helping and healing other members. Sam’s role in the movie is always to be of aid, specifically to Frodo. Because of this position, he’d fit best as a cleric, as the rest of the classes focus more on offensive fighting.
7 Pippin – Bard
Though Pippin doesn’t seem like a typical bard, he’d fit best in the D&D class for multiple reasons. While he doesn’t use a bard’s magic, he does prove his skill as a swordsman and has a personality critical for the class.
Pippin, along with his friend Merry, is very entertaining, functioning for a lot of the Lord of the Rings trilogy as amusement, especially with his quotable dialogue. He also proves himself as a great singer in The Return of the King, with his powerful song “Edge of the Night.”
6 Merry – Rogue
Cunning, smart, and witty, Merry fits best in the rogue subclass. As a halfling, he uses his quick agility to his advantage in survival, and by the end of the trilogy even becomes skilled with a sword, a popular weapon for the class.
Though far from a criminal, Merry does fit the thief archetype of a rogue since he’s caught stealing vegetables from Farmer Maggot early in the trilogy with his best friend, Pippin. It’s no surprise Merry fits best in this class since hobbits, or halflings in D&D, are popular rogues because of their nimbleness.
5 Gimli – Barbarian
Strong, passionate, and undefeated in battle, Gimli’s class is definitely barbarian, and for many reasons. It’s clear that Gimli has high strength and constitution, valuable traits for a barbarian, because of his success in battle, but he also carries a greataxe, a popular weapon for the class.
Though most of his traits also fit into that of a fighter, what sets Gimli into the barbarian subclass is his spirit. Gimli is a warrior and uses his passion for battling to give him energy, much like the rage that fuels a barbarian in D&D.
4 Legolas – Fighter
Though the elf Legolas seems like he’d be a druid because of his Mirkwood upbringing, he fits best in the category of a fighter because of the weapons he uses, which include his iconic bow as well as two long knives.
Fighters are one of the best classes for ranged martial weapons, as players can specialize in an archery fighting style on top of taking feats like Sharpshooter. Since Legolas is a skilled bowman as well as a strong swordsman, he’d fit best in this class, which specializes in weapon mastery.
3 Aragorn – Ranger
Aragorn is undoubtedly a ranger. Unlike most of the other fellowship team members, his class is mentioned directly in the films, as he is defined as a Ranger of the North, a group of wandering people from Eriador.
Besides already being named, Aragorn is a ranger for his loner personality and familiarity with living on the edge of society. Though he eventually becomes king, he’s first seen secretly traversing as a hooded figure by himself. Aragorn’s weapon, Andúril, also fits within the class, as rangers are proficient in martial weapons.
2 Gandalf – Wizard
It is obvious that Gandalf the Grey fits into the wizard class. In terms of fighting style, Gandalf fits the definition perfectly, as he not only specializes in magic but uses a quarterstaff, a weapon that wizards are proficient in.
It’s clear that Gandalf also has high intelligence, which is an ability score necessary for a strong wizard, let alone one of the strongest wizards in fiction. This is proved by his position in the party, as he is a constant fountain of knowledge to his companions, as well as a wise mentor.
1 Boromir – Paladin
Boromir’s history proves him as a skilled warrior, handy with a sword and sturdy in battle, which are all great paladin traits. His corruption from the ring, however, puts him in a very specific subclass of the usually honorable paladin: the oathbreaker.
Joining a quest with the rest of the fellowship, Boromir made a promise to deliver the One Ring to its destruction. Near the end of The Fellowship of the Ring, however, Boromir changes sides. In his attack on Frodo for the ring, he breaks his oath to pursue a dark ambition: the qualifying trait of an oathbreaker paladin.