We all know how bravely Frodo treks through poisonous marshes, vast wastelands and a fire-belching mountain just to destroy the One Ring.
How Éowyn famously throws off her helmet when she confronts the Witch-King of Angmar, who mocks her how no man can kill him, with "I am no man."
How Gandalf reemerges from the brink of death in blazing white, stronger than Saruman.
How valiant and courageous Aragorn is as he rides into battle in armor emblazoned with the White Tree of Gondor.
While the legends of the Tolkienverse continue to be showered in eternal glory, some of those who dwell in their shadows are severely underrated. Sometimes the on-screen portrayal of a king shows more of the greedy glow in his eyes than the heroism he displayed in the past. It could also be that the battle tactics of a princess who has been stereotyped by fans as a Mary Sue go ignored, or an obscure Elf who is hardly mentioned by Tolkien himself is given a military promotion by Peter Jackson. Blasphemous? You decide.
Tolkien Reading Day is the best excuse ever to reread the books (and re-watch the movies), so while you're at it, be sure keep The Eye, or at least an eye, out for these nine characters who just don't get as much time to shine under the stars of Elbereth — or the fandom spotlight — as they deserve.