top fifteen characters from The Lord of the Rings (as voted by my followers)
number twelve: Meriadoc Brandybuck
"I know it is too late to turn aside. I know there is not much point now in hoping. If I were a knight of Rohan capable of great deeds… but I’m not. I’m a Hobbit. And I know I can’t save Middle-earth. I just want to help my friends. Frodo. Sam. Pippin. More than anything I wish I could see them again."