So if you had to choose, what Tolkien character did you admire the most? When I think through that question a lot of names go through my head, elves, men, hobbits etc... Fingolfin, Beren, Luthien, Aragorn, Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Faramir, and a million more. But in the end the choice would be pretty easy. Of all the characters that Tolkien wrote about, there is one who in my mind who stands out above the others. That is Finrod Felagund. Like pretty much all of the Noldor, he has the positive traits of being extremely wise, strong, and brave, possessing even the power to be a worthy opponent of Sauron as is shown near the end of his life. But more than that, he has all of those positive traits while still avoiding the trap that so many of the high elves (and others) fell into. That is being so well aware of their positive traits that they became conceited, believing that they are above all others. Examples are all over the place- Feanor, Celegorm, Curufin, even Thingol (not one of the Noldor of course, but still an applicable example). But instead of being like that, Felagund immediately chose to befriend men, and help enlighten them. He is willing to allow his own people of Nargothrond to turn against him, so he can help Beren achieve his end and fulfill his oath to Barahir. And eventually he dies to save Beren. In my opinion with his pure selflessness he comes as close as any character, with the obvious exception of Lluvatar to embodying everything that is good in Tolkien's work.