An introduction multi part tutorial on the basics of creating a character rig in Blender from tutorial author Lee Salvemini for BlenderGuru. Check out the Introduction to Rigging in Blender Tutorial here.
From the tutorial post: “If you’re new to Blender, welcome! Lee Salvemini is kind of a big deal. He worked on Sintel, Elephants dream and spent two years on Star Wars video game titles for LucasArts. Today he has transcended his magical cloud of fame to present us with a complete introductory rigging tutorial for free.”