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Of the nine members of the fellowship, who had the highest onscreen kills?

Rules:

  • Only the three LotR trilogy films count
  • Any individual creature counts as 1 (eg. when Legolas kills enemies on top of and including the oliphant, each of those are individually counted)
  • Accidental deaths do not count (eg. in the extended RotK, Gimli 'bumps' Legolas' bow to slay Peter Jackson)
  • The Helm's Deep contest is ignored
  • The member has to have personally killed the enemy, not getting others to do it for the member himself.
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    What about Frodo and the Ring killing thousands of Orcs? – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jul 13 '16 at 21:02
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    @user35594 - Gandalf is basically a god.I'm not entirely sure there's much difference between him hitting someone with a stick and him getting someone to hit someone with a stick. – Valorum Jul 13 '16 at 21:02
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    @user35594 - Do you get more HP for a boss battle? – Valorum Jul 13 '16 at 21:09
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    Gandalf is extremely powerful but is banned by gods from using his full power except against other gods like the Balrog. – Bellerophon Jul 13 '16 at 21:10
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    According to Gimli, the Oliphant and crew should only count as one. – PoloHoleSet Jul 13 '16 at 21:31
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Assuming that the death was on screen and clear (ie not from being knocked down):

Character FoTR   TT RotK Total
Aragorn     23    3    1  27+?
Legolas     20    8    1  29+?
Gimli        6    3    0   9+?

These breakdowns for FoTR and TT are detailed.

Currently lacking a detailed breakdown for Return of the King. Using the above numbers for the first two movies (note that most of the fellowship kills in Two Towers are at Helms Deep, which you are ignoring) my assumption would be Legolas given the lead he has after the first two movies. Much more of the combat scenes in RoTK follow him than Aragorn.

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  • If people find a better breakdown for RotK I can edit to include that information. – enderland Jul 14 '16 at 0:03
  • Since the bulk of the kill comes from FoTR, Boromir can contest with them. He killed as much as Legolas and Aragon in Moria and maybe more before he died. – C.Koca Jul 29 '16 at 15:13
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    @C.Koca Boromir only killed 17 on screen in Fellowship. – enderland Jul 29 '16 at 15:49
  • Is this extended or theatre cut? – IG_42 Sep 19 '18 at 16:41
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Frodo. Gollum was pushed by Frodo. We do not perfectly know if it was his intention to push him or he just wanted to take the ring back. If it was intentional he killed way more than anyone else.

Legolas, if Frodo caused Gollum to fall by accident. I do not know what Helm's Deep contest is ignored means. If it means we shouldn't take Legolas claiming he killed 17 without being shown or if it means that we should not directly take the 43-42 score in the book, Legolas killed about 50 or more by making the ladder fall in Helm's Deep. Aragon kicked a ladder as well, but there was only one orc on top of it.

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I am not certain but I think it was Legolas. It was none of the hobbits. Frodo killed practically no one. Sam killed a few including Shelob but no where near as many as the rest of the Fellowship. Merry and Pippin both killed a few in the last 2 films but not as many as the fighting members. Gandalf missed half a film and since he rarely fights low level enemies he doesn't rack up a high kill count. Boromoir got the most kills in the first film but the others overtook after he died. This leaves the three main fighters. Gimli kills a lot but loses the counting contest and is unlikely to have caught up at other times. Aragon killed a lot of enemies but Legolas I think killed roughly the same during battles and overtakes by occasionally sniping enemies at a distance.

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    Sam didn't kill Shelob (at least, death wasn't on-screen, and in the book she didn't die) – David Roberts Jun 25 '18 at 7:25
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Gollum did. When he fell into the fires of Mount Doom with the ring legions of the enemy were decimated. The OP said accidents don't count however was this an accident? Gandalf knew from the beginning that Gollum had a role to play, he just didn't know what it was. Now he knows.

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    Golumn was not a member of the fellowship. The Fellowship is Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Borormir, Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin. – Bellerophon Jul 13 '16 at 21:27
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    If we're just gonna count random non-Fellowship characters, I nominate Eru. – Valorum Jul 13 '16 at 21:48
  • Gollum was not picked randomly, he was acting as guide to a portion of the fellowship. He may not have been am ideal companion but he did provide a needed service to the fellowship and Frodo took him willingly as a companion. – homer150mw Jul 13 '16 at 21:55
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    @Bellerephon - Morgoth? – Valorum Jul 13 '16 at 22:33
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    @TGar In the question it specifically states the 9 members of the Fellowship. Gollum may have been a member of Sam, Frodo and Gollum's trio but he was not a part of the original 9 who made up the fellowship. – Bellerophon Apr 26 '17 at 21:30

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