Re: Game vs Lore: Classes of Middle-Earth
Guardian: Sam and Eowyn without question, Thorin Oakenshield
Champion: Gimli*, Eomer, Glorfindel, Elladon & Elrohir
Captain: Boromir*, Faramir, Elrond*
Hunter: Legolas, Bard
Minstrel: Merry, Pippin, Bombadil
Lore-Master: Gandalf, Radagast, Saruman, Denethor, Celeborn
Warden: Dunedain, Haldir (but bow instead of javelin)
Gimli may be heavily armoured, but he does not have a defensive approach to fighting, he charges into the fray and destroys everything he sees.
Eomer was a captain in position, but his fighting style was not like one at all. He was a very brutal fighter and so I believe he rose to be such a good captain because he inspired men through his skill as a champion, not his words.
Glorfindel, Elladon And Elrohir I would all classify as champions. They were master armsman, considered some of the greatest that ever lived.
Boromir is a captain. He may fight with a shield but captains can also do that. But he also inspired the fellowship at times and lead them to greater feats of glory. His horn not only called for aid, but it also inspired him, merry, and pippen to fight harder.
Elrond I argue is a captain. He was Gil-Galad's herald, but also lead battles on his own, standing on the front lines dishing out damage.
*Note, I put Galadriel as Rune-keeper, but I am one of those individuals who believe runekeepers should not be a playable class, not to say they didn't exist, but only the MOST powerful of individuals could harness that power, and that is why I slotted Galadriel into that class.
I believe the rest is self-explanatory.
Kindred: Annuminas, Galadhrim, Iron Garrison Miners and Guards.
Ally: Mathom Society, Rivendell.
Etheleam, Of the Wold, furthest reaches of Rohan.