Over 4 pages of answers and only a single first age character?
Ok, Turin is my favourite from the whole of Middle Earth history (happy endings have never been a requisite for my enjoyment).
From the second age I would probably go with Tar Palantir or Tar Aldarion the first sea King.
From the third age what's his face who insisted on accepting the Witchking's challenge (the King who never returned)
And from the Lord of the Rings trilogy I'll go with Aragorn. As much as I hate to be unoriginal, he is just plain awesome.
I agree with you--Turin is also my favorite character. His story is epically, mythically tragic. My heart rails against his fate every time, and yet I love the story. I wish he had finished Tuor's story which parallels Turin's.
Have you read all of the versions of the story? It is interesting to see how it developed through the different versions. If you haven't, you should read "The Lay of the Children of Hurin" which is the story in poem form. It is a early version and unfinished but well worth the read.
I have 3!
Aragon because he is brave and strong. He is a great fighter and he is loyal. Viggo Mortensen is amazing as Aragorn!
Legolas because he is great with the bow and arrow, loyal, clever, strong and just interesting! I love him in the movies, but I still like him even better in the book, although Orlando Bloom did a perfect job!
Faramir because I felt sorry for him. He seemed like such a sweet yet brave guy! he is really easy to like, in my opinion. I mean, how could you not love him? His father treated him horribly and he was kind off an underdog. He was so sweet, kind, brave and loyal. He did everything he could to please his father even though he knew his father always would prefer Boromir over him. He fought for his people and tried so very hard to be good enough. His love for Eowyn was so adorable and he treated her so well. I find him incredible and just adorable!
Yes, I would say that Aragorn is a very good hero. One that went through considerable growth throughout the books. However I would not say that he is not my hero. He is a great king and leader (eventually, because he really wasn't that great at it in Bree) but there is still something that he doesn't have that another character has that puts him above all in my mind. Of course the character I am talking about is Samwise, Samwise the Brave.
Sam is the everyman. He may not have the sharpest wit, or the best sword work or even the best cheekbones, but he is the bravest, most loyal of all the fellowship. He knows that he is not the smartest of the nine, but he also knows that he as another type of smarts. The common sense smarts. And If it weren't for Sam Frodo would have been dead before he even got to Mordor. Sam is the reason that the Ring was destroyed.
So there is my answer, Sam.
Gandalf <3 Because, he's Gandalf. I mean, he's a wizard. He's freaking awesome. He's great in the books and the movies. Sir Ian McKellen does a fantastic job in his role.
But really, all of the characters are amazing. It's such a group effort.
In the Lord of the Rings, my favorite character has changed over time. For the longest time it was Frodo, and to some extent it still is. Perhaps Sam is now.
But far more than the characters in the Lord of the Rings, I like the characters in the Silmarillion and other of his works. Specifically Feanor and Turin. Feanor, who characterized all the best and the worst of elves, whose actions were perhaps the first cause of all that came after (both great deeds and great evils)--from the rising of the sun and moon until the ring was destroyed...
And Turin--epically tragic. And in his story there is Beleg,"truest of friends, greatest in skill...in the Elder Days" ..."and that grief was graven on the face of Turin and never faded" Beleg is perhaps my favorite minor character.