No one thought Peter Jackson could attempt a three film adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's high fantasy saga and it come anywhere close to being as impactful or successful as the original books. Jackson shocked everyone with the best trilogy of films ever put out in cinema.
There are a variety of reasons for their success but, a large aspect is how well-written and well-adapted the characters became. It's an ensemble franchise, which means there are an awful lot of characters and the majority of the attention goes to the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. Gandalf is timeless and Aragorn is iconic and all the rest are phenomenal in their own right but there are far more characters in this universe that deserve the spotlight as well.
From ancient elves to royal kings to a twisted hobbit like creature. They are all fantastic components of the same world and all add to the success of Tolkien's rich and varied universe. With Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show set long before most members of the Fellowship were born, this list remembers the best of the bunch that didn't leave Rivendell with the One Ring.
10. Grima Wormtongue
Snivelling and deceptive, Grima Wormtongue was helping to poison the mind of King Théoden as an agent of Saruman. A snide and cruel man, Grima is easy to despise but that is a large reason for why he is such an effective villain.
Grima is repulsive. He always appears moist with his white skin and wet black hair. He crawls about looking for praise but is also incredibly arrogant in the faces of those who could really hurt him. He is a pathetic character that has little room for any sympathy.
When Saruman is defeated at the hands of the Ents, Gandalf, Theoden and company travel to Isengard. Grima stands with his abusive lord at the top of Saruman's tower while both sides talk. Saruman takes the opportunity to slap Grima down when he can which leads the sad and sorry creature to kill the wizard before being shot by Legolas in retaliation. He lived a depraved life but killing a wizard is no small thing.