We've already seen how each of these characters react to the Ring and how long they can resist it - and that the answer is Boromir.
It is an interesting question, how each of the characters would reat to it. However, all too often it's seen as a question of who of them are "good" or "evil", completly missing the point of the Ring's temptation. Some fans seem to think being drawn to the Ring is a sign of bad morals, which is annoying and unfair to the characters. When discussing who would fall first, we should talk about what such deep, acute needs these characters have that the Ring can claim to them it can somehow satisfy.
might have been more tantalizing question, taken that we already know the answer to the question "who?" Sorry if I'm putting you down, I'm really intrigued by this subject aswell.
I think the order in which they give into the Ring could be:
1. Boromir - has lots of fears that the Ring can manipulate, plus his pride prevents him from understanding his own weaknesses 2. Aragorn - might have even more to lose than Boromir, yet wiser and less proud so would hold on longer 3. Frodo - quite a humble person, but his worrying over the fate of Shire could be a weak point; also at some points there are hints of the pride that exist in every single person 4. Gandalf - his wisdom and humility would protect him for long, but the power of his dreams and fears would eventually make him fall with disastrous resulst 5. Sam - there's very little the Ring has to offer to someone as humble, simple and down-to-earth as him; naturally he's not immune but he has the best chances
... because he had to stare across at Mordor every day of his life, knowing that there lay the doom of his city and his people and the temptation that the Ring would be the one thing that could save them is what led him to sacrifice his own sons (not to mention his own sanity), which I think, apart from the Hobbits, makes him the first person (with good intentions) to fall to its temptation.
Boromir seems like a good choice for clearly he feels the lust of the Ring since he first got sight of it and heard of it's power. But to pick another one I'll go with our dear Orc Grėshnak (I hope I spell his name correctly) for already Grėshnak is a wicked and evil creature and the Ring would have got hold of him in the blink of an eye. In The Two Towers when he heard that Pippin may have it on him he tries to snatch it from him. No doubt if that was true he would have keeping it for himself and not for Mordor.
(This post was edited by sam90 on May 20 2012, 4:56pm)