The Lord of the Rings Book Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Of the myriad of epic, high fantasy tales, one book series has come along that rules them all; J. R. R. Tolkien's globally lauded and nationally treasured Lord Of The Rings series. These books have passed the test of time with flying colors and have become so ingrained in pop culture that everyone from rap artist Lil Jon to Stephen Colbert have made numerous references to Tolkien's mythical stories time and time again. The Lord of the Rings series has inspired everyone from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to Titanic and Terminator director James Cameron to set out and create lasting and impactful works of their own, and the famous books have engendered multiple societies to come into fruition for the sole purpose of preserving the morals and cultures that can be gleaned from their pages. The Lord of the Rings books have done all of that, and more, so providing Canophilic fans of Tolkien's work with an assortment of iconic names to give to their dogs is just another testament to the Lord of the Rings series' lasting appeal. 

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Lord of the Rings Book Inspired Dog Names

The characters that exist within J.R.R Tolkien's Legendarium (the quasi-academic term used to refer to all of Tolkien's books from the Hobbit to LotR,) have intricately crafted backstories, descend from long and winding family trees, and whose names are derived from the multiple languages that Tolkien painstakingly spent decades creating. To name your dog after a character from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, or The Silmarillion is to imbue it with a name that's as culturally significant as any name that can be found in our contemporary times. Characters from The Lord of the Rings books, or any of the books Tolkien has created, are individuals of merit and principle and their very names evoke the characteristics these characters are known best for; Frodo's name has become synonymous with wanderlust and kind hardheartedness, Galadriel's name has become synonymous with beauty and terror, and Fingolfin's name has become synonymous with bravery in the face of certain doom. Even the weapons and steeds the characters owned, as well as the kingdoms said characters hail from, all having meaningful names with storied pasts. 

No doubt, The Lord of the Rings books, and the other stories from Tolkien's Legendarium, can provide dog owners with an ample assortment of meaningful and elegant names to bequeath to their pets. A dog owner looking to give their pet a name that has a sense of history, and comes with a unique story behind it, need look no further than the characters in Tolkien's books to inspire their hearts and minds.

Male Lord of the Rings Book Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Tom
A reference to Tom Bombadil, a kindly nature spirit who is immune to the One Ring's corruption
7
Bilbo
Frodo's older family member and an early Ringbearer
7
Meriadoc
Frodo's cousin, a member of the Fellowship of the Ring
6
Greenleaf
One of Legolas' nicknames; the elven prince became close friends with Gimli the Dwarf, a bond which was almost unheard of due to the bad blood between elves and dwarves
6
Theoden
The King of Rohan who is initially found in a spellbound state until Gandalf helps him break free
6
Pippn
Peregrin's nickname; Pippin willingly joined the Minas Tirith Tower Guard in order to avenge the death of Boromir
6
Sam
Samwise's often used nickname
5
Treebeard
The Ent that Merry befriends
5
Legolas
The son of the Mirkwood elves, Legolas was renowned for his skills with a bow and blade, both of which made him a valuable member of the Fellowship of the Ring
5
Sauron
During the Quest for the Silmaril, the Lord of the Rings himself took on the form of a wolf enable to do battle Huan
4
Boromir
Another member of the Fellowhsip of the Ring, Boromir mistakenly believed that the One Ring's power could be used against Sauron
4
Glorfindel
A might elf-lord who was tasked with finding Frodo and helping him reach Rivendell
4
Peregrin
Merry's best friend and partner in crime, Peregrin Took was also a member of the Fellowship of the Ring
3
Shadowfax
Gandalf's steed which is said to be the greatest horse in Middle-Earth
3
Gandalf
A reference to Gandalf the Grey, the wise Maia who gave council to the Fellowship
3
Wolf
The name of one of Farmer Maggot's guard dogs who once terrified a young and untested Frodo Baggins
2
Carcharoth
Haun's enemy and the wolf in question who was being hunted, Carcharoth was an evil wolf of immense power and stature
2
Gimli
The dwarven member of the Fellowship of the Ring, Gimli was known for his ferocious skill in battle and his affable demeanor
2
Draugluin
Carcharoth's father and the first werewolf
1
Saruman
A reference to Saruman the White, one of the wizards sent to assist Middle Earth against Sauron
1
Elrond
The Master of Rivendell and the father to Arwen, Aragorn's lover
1
Merry
Meriadoc's nickname; during the Scourging of the Shire, Merry utilized all of the things he'd learned during his time in the Fellowship
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Aragorn
This seemingly inconspicuous ranger is actually the rightful king of Gondor, known for his good nature and healing abilities
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Olórin
Gandalf's true name; Olórin originally served under Manwë, the King of the Valar
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Frodo
Named after the Frodo Baggins, one of the main characters of the books and a Ring Bearer
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Gollum
The twisted creature who tries to deceive the Fellowship for the sake of his "precious"
-1
Smeagol
Gollum's name before he was twisted into the monster Bilbo and Frodo had encountered
-1
Samwise
Named after Frodo's best friend, Samwise Gamgee
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Huan
The Wolfhound of Oromë and the Captain of Dogs led an adventurous and fateful life
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Strider
One of Aragorn's numerous aliases, Aragorn lived as a Ranger and a chieftain of the Dúnedain until the time of the War of the Ring

Female Lord of the Rings Book Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Esmeralda
A callback to Esmeralda Took, Merry's mother and Pippin's aunt
7
Pearl
An allusion to Pearl Took, the daughter of Eglantine Banks
7
Menegilda
An allusion to Menegilda Goold, one of Merry's grandmothers
6
Morwen
Beren's cousin who was known to have a fiery temper and a demeanor that scared off many would-be assailants
6
Shelob
The Great Spider who attempted to eat Frodo until she was bested by Samwise Gamgee and the magic sword, Sting
5
Fimbrethil
Treebread's presumed lover and one of the Ent Maidens mentioned in the books
5
Marigold
A reference to Marigold Gamgee, Samwise's sister
4
Ungoliant
Shelob's mother and one of the oldest and evilest creatures of Middle-Earth
4
Éowyn
Theoden's niece who became famous for slaying the Witchking of the Nazgul alongside Merry
3
Goldberry
Tom Bombadil's wife who was attuned to the water and the rain
3
Ivorwen
One of Aragron's grandmothers who was said to be foresighted
3
Celebrian
The daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn
3
Rosa
A reference to Rosa Baggins, the great grandmother of both Pippin and Merry
3
Nimrodel
An elven maiden who was also known as the Lady of the White Grotto
3
Hild
The mother of Fréaláf, the first King of Rohan's second line
2
Melian
The mother of Lúthien and a Queen of the Maia
2
Idril
Elrond's grandmother who was a renowned prophetess and one of the first elves to marry a mortal man
2
Haleth
An homage to Lady Haleth, a human woman who defended her people from a brood of Great Spiders
2
Eglantine
A reference to Eglantine Banks, Pippin's mother
1
Dis
A dwarven woman who holds the distinction of being the only female Dwarf whose name was given
1
Dora
Frodo's aunt and Bilbo's cousin
1
Arwen
Aragorn's half-elf lover and the daughter of Elrond
1
Bell
A reference to Bell Goodchild, Samwise's mother
0
Lothiriel
A reference to the daughter of the Prince of Dol Amroth, Imrahil
0
Luthnien
Beren's lover and a companion of Huan the Greatwolf
0
Berylla
A reference to Berylla Boffin, the great grandmother of Bilbo Baggins
0
Belladonna
A reference to Belladonna Took, Bilbo Baggins' mother
0
Varda
Manwë's wife who was responsible for outlining the stars in the sky
-1
Eärwen
Galadriel's mother and the daughter of Olwë
-1
Adaldrida
The great grandmother of Meriadoc Brandybuck
-3
Galadriel
The Lady of Lothlórien who assists the Fellowship and gives Frodo a magical phial

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