Everyone seems fascinated to find out which category of the Myer-Briggs Personality Test their favorite film and literary characters fall into. Go anywhere online and you'll see an assortment of articles detailing this very subject. Fans usually rely on Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myer's personality test (that was based on the teachings of Carl Jung) because it's universally seen as one of the most accurate. And if you do a bit of research, you can totally understand why the following Lord of the Rings characters get the category that they do. From Arwen to Gandalf, you'll find out everything you need to know about the personality types of these iconic characters.
Without further ado, here are 10 of the Myer Briggs Personality Types For Lord of the Rings Characters.
Elrond, the Lord of Rivendale and keeper of one of the Rings of Power, would definitely be categorized as a "Strategist" under the Myer-Briggs Test. After all, in the series he's the one who basically comes up with the plan to get rid of the One Ring. Additionally, after his daughter convinces him, he also is the one to help Aragorn call up the Ghost Army and take the Throne of Gondor.
"Strategists" are described as aloof, competent, firm, analytical, logical, and very organized. All of these traits are exactly how J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the character and how Hugo Weaving portrayed him on the big screen. Although his competency and logic helped the Fellowship immensely, his firmness caused some rifts between him and his daughter due to her opposing personality.
Aragorn would definitely fall into the ISTJ, or "The Guardian" category on the Myer-Briggs test. "The Guardian" is described as practical and logical, first and foremost. Practically is one of the reasons why Aragorn avoided his role as the King of Gondor for so many reasons. He knew that he wouldn't be a good fit for the role, as many wouldn't accept him.
"The Guardian" is also described as loyal, honest, careful, calm, and steadfast. All of these are traits that Aragorn showed consistently throughout the series. Even during the most stressful circumstances, Aragorn stayed true to his duties while remaining even-tempered and focused.
As for the "Guardian" title itself, well, "You have my sword" pretty much sums it up.
Even though Arwen had a duty and a path set out for her, she remained authentic to who she truly was. She was also relentless in the pursuit of her goal of being with Aragorn, regardless of losing her immortality as a consequence. She was also persuasive enough to convince her stubborn father to support her desires. All of these traits amount to an incredibly inspirational character, who wasn't afraid of breaking tradition, as well as risking her life, to be with the person she loved.
"The Idealist", AKA INFP, is the category that Frodo Baggins bests suits. It contains traits such as reserved, quiet, curious, and sensitive. Although Frodo becomes corrupted due to the One Ring, these are still the traits that best describe him. After all, he was the quiet "everyman" who was thrust into a far larger world. Due to his Hero's Journey, Frodo was constantly questioning and attempting to understand the world around him.
Additionally, Frodo's virtuous and idealistic perspectives are also what make him an INFP. His dream of ridding himself of the Ring and returning home to The Shire is what got him through to the end (as well as Sam, of course!). However, he does become more realistic by the end of things.
It won't surprise any of us that everyone's favorite wizard falls under "The Philosopher" category. The very title sums up so much of who Gandalf was in both The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies.
"Philosophers" are described as private, independent, adaptive, unpredictable, focused, skeptical, and intelligent. All of these traits absolutely suit Gandalf as well as some other wizards in the series.
Gandalf spent a great deal of time pursuing knowledge on his own. It's why he disappears for much of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He also played a lot of his cards close to his chest unless he absolutely had to share his information. This was always for the best, as he was absolutely one of the most intelligent characters who knew what he was doing.
Pippin went through a fascinating character arc in The Lord of the Rings. He went from a goof-ball who loved to have fun, explore, and get into trouble, to a confident, dedicated and productive "Guard of the Citadel". All of these traits are why he would be classified as "The Performer", or ESFP.
"Performers" are described as fun-loving, warm, enthusiastic, talkative, tactful, curious, and supportive. All of these traits were displayed by the character throughout his transition into a hero. They are what simultaneously irritated Gandalf, but also endeared Pippin to him. And even though Pippin became more than he was at the start, he didn't lose what made him so lovable in the first place.
Legolas Greenleaf of the Woodland Realm would be classified as "The Composer" under the Myer-Briggs Personality Test. In fact, a lot of the traits that Legolas and this category have in common can also be attributed to many Elves in general.
"Composers" are described as being empathetic, spontaneous, loyal, talented improvisers, and one with nature. Although some Elves don't have other "Composer" qualities like kindness, tolerance, or modesty, they almost always fit the majority.
Aside from Legolas' loyalty, his spontaneity and talent for improvisation were displayed many times throughout the film series. This is particularly true during battle sequences when he found creative ways of taking out his enemies.
Strong-willed, logical, outspoken, and a great leader. These qualities easily describe both Rowan's King Theoden as well as Myer-Briggs' "The Commander".
Aside from Aragorn, Theoden may have been the best leader in all of The Lord of the Rings. Although he could be stubborn, he always had the best interests of his people at heart. This is one of the reasons why Sauron and Saruman were so keen on controlling him. They knew that the will of his people would vanish if Theoden lost everything that made him an effective leader.
Although Theoden had his moments of doubt, he ultimately stayed true to his controlled and assertive traits as King.
Eowyn had a challenging life throughout the events of The Lord of the Rings. Not only did she lose her father and mother, but she lost her cousin as well. She was even around to watch her beloved uncle lose his mind and everything that made him so wonderful. Additionally, she witnessed her brother being banished from Rowan. On top of it all, she wanted to contribute far more to society but was restricted by those who kept women in a certain position. These events made her autonomous, quiet, aloof, and independent, qualities of "The Crafter".
But being a "Crafter" also explained why Eowyn was so resourceful and ultimately adventurous. Because of her personality type, as well as her desires, Eowyn was able to transcend her difficulties and the role she was expected to play.
The Lord of the Rings is filled with mentors for the younger members of the Fellowship. Among them is the wise Galadriel, Elf-Witch of Lothlorien. If she were to take a Myer-Briggs Personality Test, she would be classified as "The Counselor", or INFJ.
"Counselors" are described as being devoted, deep, reserved, innovative, motivational, intense, and insightful. Although Galadriel showed all of these attributes throughout the series, as well as its prequel, she was most clearly motivational. In Frodo's most dire moments, she telepathically spoke with him and encouraged him to get up and keep going. Additionally, she showed her intensity when turning into her supernatural state when tempted by The Ring.