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Legolas in Tengwar


"Nay, time does not tarry ever, but change and growth is not in all things and places alike. For the Elves the world moves, and it moves both very swift and very slow."
Legolas, speaking to Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Great River"

Legolas was a Sindarin Elf who was part of the Fellowship of the Ring in the Third Age. Son of the Elvenking Thranduil of Mirkwood, Legolas was Mirkwood's prince, a messenger, and a master archer. With his keen eyesight, sensitive hearing, and excellent bowmanship, Legolas was valuable to the Fellowship in their journey across Middle-earth. He was well-known for becoming friends with the Dwarf Gimli, despite their long-held differences.

Biography

Early life

Legolas was the only son of Thranduil, King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood. His exact date of birth and mother's name are unknown.

War of the Ring

Legolas came to the Council of Elrond in Rivendell, the great meeting held by the Elf lord Elrond, as a messenger from his father to discuss the escape of Gollum. When the council was choosing the "Nine Walkers" to pit against the "Nine Riders," Legolas volunteered to represent the Elves, and to become one of the members of the Fellowship that would set out to destroy the One Ring.[2]

Legolas in combat with the Goblins during the Skirmish in Balin's Tomb

During their journey, Legolas would stay at the rear due to his keen eyes. On Caradhras, Legolas was able to run nimbly over the snow, leaving behind little imprint, whereas his companions struggled to plough through it.[3] When Gandalf gave his counsel, Legolas voted against passing through Moria. In the morning, the Fellowship was waylaid by Wargs and Legolas fought in their defence. After the battle, he picked up his arrows, save one which was damaged.[4]

Gimli quarreled with him in Moria (which was not unexpected considering the ancient quarrel between Elves and Dwarves) - Legolas' father Thranduil had once imprisoned Gimli's father, Glóin.[5]

He and Gimli became friends, however, when Gimli greeted the Elf, Lady Galadriel, with gentle words. Before the Fellowship departed from Lothlórien, Legolas was given a new Galadhrim longbow.[6] While the Fellowship was travelling over the River Anduin, he used his new bow to shoot an overhead Nazgûl on a Fellbeast with one masterful shot in the dark.[7]

After the breaking of the Fellowship, Legolas and Aragorn sang a song of lament for the fall of Boromir.[8] He then led the way as he, Aragorn and Gimli raced through Rohan after the Uruk-hai who had taken Merry and Pippin. During that week, he was given a grey horse named Arod, on which he and Gimli would often ride together, from Éomer and his Éored.[9]

In Fangorn Forest, Legolas, Aragorn, and Gimli were reunited with Gandalf, now called Gandalf the White. Upon their meeting, Gandalf delivered the messages of Galadriel to them:

Legolas Greenleaf, long under tree, In joy thou hast lived. Beware of the Sea! If thou hearest the cry of the gull on the shore, Thy heart shall then rest in the forest no more.
—Galadriel's message to Legolas[1]

Legolas and Gimli at Helm's Deep, by John Howe

In the Battle of the Hornburg, Legolas and Gimli engaged in an Orc-slaying contest[10] that Gimli won (the score being 42 to 43, respectively), though Legolas was not jealous, stating, "You have passed my score by one but I do not grudge you the game, so glad am I to see you on your legs."[11]

In Rohan, he and Gimli followed Aragorn, Elladan and Elrohir to the Paths of the Dead. His horse, Arod, refused to enter the paths, but Legolas calmed him. Their company rode on, with Elladan as the last, but Legolas looked back and saw the Dead following the Grey Company.

The Dead are following. I see shapes of Men and of horses, and pale banners like shreds of cloud, and spears like winter-thickets on a misty night. The Dead are following.
—Legolas in the Paths of the Dead[12]

Legolas fought in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields with Gimli and the sons of Elrond.[13] After the battle, he and Gimli entered Minas Tirith; Legolas sang an elven-song as he walked, and suggested that the city needed more gardens. They met Prince Imrahil and went to the Houses of Healing, at which he remembered the cries of the gulls at Pelargir and sang a song about his newly kindled sea-longing.[14]

Silver flow the streams from Celos to Erui
In the green fields of Lebennin!
Tall grows the grass there. In the wind from the Sea
The white lilies sway,
And the golden bells are shaken of mallos and alfirin
In the green fields of Lebennin,
In the wind from the Sea!

-The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter IX: "The Last Debate"

After the war

Legolas and Gimli sail to Valinor, by Ted Nasmith

After the destruction of the One Ring and of Sauron, Legolas stayed for the coronation of Aragorn and his marriage to Arwen. Later, he and Gimli travelled together to Helm's Deep, visiting the Glittering Caves, and then traveled through Fangorn Forest. Eventually, Legolas came to Ithilien with some of his people, with his father's leave, to live out his remaining time in Middle-earth helping to restore the woodlands that had been war-torn. After Aragorn's death, Legolas made a ship in Ithilien and left Middle-earth to go over the sea. His strong friendship with Gimli prompted Legolas to invite him to accompany him to the Undying Lands; making him the first and only Dwarf to do so. He was never seen again in Middle-earth.[15][16]

Etymology

Legolas, by Magali Villenueve

The name Legolas is a Silvan dialect form of pure Sindarin Laegolas, meaning 'green leaf'. It consists of Sindarin words laeg ("green") and golas ("a collection of leaves, foliage, being a prefixed collective form of las(s) "leaf").[17] The Quenya translation of Legolas is Laiqualassë.[18][19]

There might, however, be a certain meaning to his name: laeg is a very rare, archaic word for "green", which is normally replaced by calen (cf. Calenhad, mutated Parth Galen and plural Pinnath Gelin) and is otherwise almost only preserved in Laegrim, Laegel(d)rim (Sindarin form of Quenya Laiquendi), the Green Elves of the First Age. It may be that Thranduil named his son Legolas to at least partially refer to this people, who were remote kin and ancestors of the later Silvan Elves whom Thranduil ruled.

Character

Young Legolas, by Anna Lee

Although he lived among them, Legolas was not fully of the Silvan Elves. As a son of the Elven-king Thranduil, who had originally come from Doriath, Legolas was at least half Sindar; his mother's identity is completely unknown. This is complicated by the fact that a small minority of Sindarin Elves ruled the predominantly Silvan Woodland Realm of Northern Mirkwood, a minority to which Legolas belonged. The Sindarin minority in that realm, who should have been nobler and wiser than the Silvan Elves can be seen as having "gone native" at the end of the First Age: after Morgoth was defeated and all grand Elf-kingdoms of Beleriand were destroyed, the Sindar nobles can be seen as having reverted to a simpler society.[20]

Like all Elves, Legolas had great respect and appreciation for nature. After the Fellowship parted from Fangorn Forest, he longed to return once more to explore its wonders more thoroughly. He was kind, caring greatly for his friends, even Gimli the Dwarf, though Elves and Dwarves almost never expressed liking for one another in Middle-earth.[1]

Powers and abilities

Legolas in Parth Galen

As an Elf, Legolas had the abilities typical of his race. He could walk silently grass and snow leaving minimal footprints, allowing him to advance unhindered. His eyes were sharper than that of Men, seeing through great distances and in the dark. He could even sleep while walking, which contributed to allowing him to travel 45 leagues in less than four days with Aragorn and Gimli. He tamed unruly horses with only a few words, without needing reins or saddles.

Weapons

Legolas famously used an Elven bow, as well as a long, white knife. He would prefer to pierce his enemies from afar, but his dagger was sometimes used for close combat. In Lothlórien, he was given a long-bow of the Galadhrim, which was longer and stouter than those of the fashion of Mirkwood.[21]

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Legolas' Bow of the Galadhrim
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Legolas' dual long knives that were used in the films (One in the books)

Behind the scenes

The Elves in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium were often associated as "fairy-like" beings who grew great in stature. However, when Legolas was visually rendered as "pretty", Tolkien was "wrathful" and added a description as Legolas as:

"He was as tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow and shoot down a Nazgûl, endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, so hard and resistant to hurt that he went only in light shoes over rock or through snow, the most tireless of all the Fellowship."
J.R.R. Tolkien on Legolas [22]

The Hobbit

John D. Rateliff speculates in The History of the Hobbit that had Tolkien gone on to finish the 1960 edit of the The Hobbit, proceeding to add to the Mirkwood scenes, it might have been possible Legolas would have been introduced.

If Tolkien’s projected rewriting of our story in 1960 had proceeded as far as the Mirkwood chapters, we might have been able to discover whether he intended to bring Legolas into Mr. Baggins’ story (after all, in the light of later knowledge we can say he would almost certainly have been present at the Battle of Five Armies); there is no sign of it in the admittedly sketchy notes that survive. But even this would hardly have resolved the question of what was in Tolkien’s mind almost thirty years earlier when he wrote The Hobbit, since by that later date he was committed to the decision that Thingol and the Elvenking were two different characters.

Appearances

Books

Films

Portrayal in adaptations

Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Legolas in Ithilien

In Peter Jackson's movie adaptations, Legolas' role stays much the same as in the books, although he speaks considerably less.

Legolas arrived in Rivendell with a group of Elves. At the Council of Elrond, he was unimpressed by Boromir's attitude towards Aragorn. Legolas therefore declared "This is no mere Ranger. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance". Boromir was stunned by this revelation, but Aragorn was uncomfortable with the reminder. When Boromir argued against trying to destroy the ring, Legolas sharply refuted him as the ring had to be destroyed. Gimli figured that Legolas thought he should be the one to take the ring and then said he would be dead before he saw the ring in the hands of an elf. This started an argument between all the members of council but Frodo interrupted the quarrelling saying that he would take the ring to Mordor. Gandalf and Aragorn tell Frodo that they will help him get to Mordor and Legolas decides he will also help, telling Frodo that he has his bow. Gimli and Boromir also were to go and the other Hobbits Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck were eavesdropping and decided they could not possibly be left behind. Elrond, though flustered at this, pronounced all nine of them as the Fellowship of the Ring.

The Fellowship set off towards Mordor through the Misty Mountains. During a brief rest, Legolas was the first to spot a flock of Crebain heading their way. The group took cover immediately while the birds passed by. Afterwards Gandalf took them through the pass of Caradhras but the Fellowship was waylaid by a snowstorm while passing through the mountains. Legolas was able to walk on the snow with no difficulty, yet he soon heard Saruman's voice influencing the weather stating that there was a fell voice in the air. As the Fellowship were bombarded by stones and snow, Gandalf attempted to calm the storm, but Saruman sent a lightning bolt into the mountain. This resulted in an avalanche which fell on the group, at which point Gandalf and Frodo decide to go through Moria.

They reached the gate of the kingdom and Gandalf tried to open the door, speaking elvish. Frodo discovered that the password was the elvish word for friend and the door opened. As they walked in, Gimli noted to Legolas that they would soon enjoy the fabled hospitaliy of the Dwarves and his cousin Balin. Legolas and the others saw the Dwarven corpses awaiting them and the Elven prince immediately deduced that Goblins were lurking nearby. When Frodo was suddenly attacked by the Watcher in the Water from back outside. Legolas noticed that the watcher was searching for the ring, so he shot an arrow through one of its tentacles. After Aragorn and Boromir freed Frodo, Boromir yells Legolas' name and he shot an arrow into the beasts eye, holding it back to give them time to run into the mine again. The Watcher climbed up and broke apart the stone, which trapped the Fellowship within the mines. Legolas and the others quickly realised that they would have to go through Moria. Eventually Gandalf led the company to the Tomb of Balin where he discovered the Book of Marzabul. Legolas was uneasy as he knew that evil was lurking nearby. Before long Pippin accidentally sent a rotting carcass into the depths of the mines, which alerted a whole army of Goblins. Before they even broke through the doors, Legolas and Aragorn were able to hit them with arrows through the holes in the doors. Even when the doors were thrown open, Legolas shot them down before they could close the distance. When the cave troll stormed into the chamber, Legolas alone was able to avoid it with ease. He even climbed onto the troll and fired an arrow into its skull. When most of the Fellowship were fighting the troll, Legolas saw an opportunity when Pippin stabbed it in the head, causing the troll to roar. The Elf then fired an arrow directly into its mouth, penetrating its skull and killing it swiftly.

The Fellowship was forced to flee from the Balrog of Morgoth, a creature which even Legolas was alarmed by. At the crossing of the stairs, Legolas was the first to jump across the gap with no trouble. The company was attacked by archers from afar, so Legolas returned fire. When Gimli nearly fell off the edge, Legolas swiftly grabbed him by the beard and halled him back. Before they left Moria, Legolas witnesses the fall of Gandalf, at which he was horrified and subdued by the loss.

Once the company reached the Woods of Lothlórien, Galadriel and Celeborn inquired about Gandalf. Only Legolas was able to tell them about the loss, bitterly lamenting their needless trip through Moria. But Galadriel deemed that none of Gandalf's deeds were needless, even if the trip through Moria resulted in his demise. The Elven Queen later gave gifts to the Fellowship. Legolas recieved a new bow of the Galadhrim, which he subsequently uses for the rest of his journey. While travelling down the river, Gimli lamented how sorry he was to have left Lothlórien and the beauty of Galadriel. Legolas inquired as to what her gift was for him, to which Gimli confessed "I asked for one hair from her golden head. She gave me three". Legolas was amused, at which point their attitudes begin to soften.

During their trip down the river, Legolas's far sight alerted him to the presence of the Uruk-hai scouts bearing down on them. At Amon-Hen, Leoglas urged Aragorn to lead them away immediately, as he could sense the Uruk-hai approaching. The Elf was called to action once more as the company was soon attacked. He arrived in time to see Boromir's final moments before he succumbed to his wounds.

After they sent Boromir's body along the river in one of the boats, Leoglas was prepared to follow Frodo and Sam, but seeing Aragorn hesitate he realised that the ranger didn't intend to follow them. Aragorn deemed that they must rescue Merry and Pippin from the Uruk-hai. While disappointed at first, the Elf saw hope in that the Fellowship still held true. Therefore he eagerly joined Aragorn and Gimli in hunting down the Uruks.

The three hunters pursued the Uruks into the plains of Rohan. From afar, Legolas could see that the Uruks were now headed directly for Isengard. The trio soon encountered the riders of Rohan, who were hostile at first given that they were now at open war with Saruman. When Eomer was scornful towards Gimli, Legolas aimed his bow at Eomer's face and said "You would die before your stroke fell!" Aragorn quickly diffused the situation and after the cooling of words, Eomer lets them go and gave them two horses to help them find their friends. Legolas and the others discovered that the Uruks had been destroyed and burned by the Rohhirim. At first they believed the Hobbits were caught in the massacre, but Aragorn discovered Hobbit tracks leading away from the battle and into Fangorn Forest.

In the shade of the forest, Legolas was intrigued by the forest, yet he was also wary as he knew that the trees were alive. He soon sensed that someone was stalking them, so he warned Aragorn "The White Wizard approaches...". The trio turned against the stranger, but the Wizard overpowered them. He even knocked away Legolas' arrow at point blank range. The Wizard revealed himself to be Gandalf, having destroyed the Balrog and being resurrected by the great powers. Legolas was overwhelmed to see his return. Gandalf told them that the Hobbits were safe and that they must aid Rohan.

At Edoras, Legolas and the others were forced to disarm before seeing the King, although Gandalf managed to get his staff through. The possessed Théoden was under the control of Grima Wormtongue servant of Saruman and Saruman possessed his mind. Théoden and Wormtongue set their thugs on the group and Legolas, GImli and Aragorn fight them off while Gandalf walked towards the king, using his staff he freed him from the spell, revealing himself to Saruman as the new white wizard. Against the wishes of Gandalf and Aragorn, Théoden beleived it would be best to take refuge in the stronghold of Helm's Deep.

On the way to Helm's Deep, the company was attacked by Warg Riders. Legolas quickly aided Gamling in slaying the two scouts before the rest of the riders show up. Legolas shot down several Wargs and riders as they approached over the hills and then mounted up onto a horse as the Rohhirim from behind him.

In the midst of the fighting, Aragorn was dragged off a cliff and into the river below. Legolas and Gimli interrogated the dying Sharku, where the Elf recovered the Evenstar. Legolas believed that Aragorn had perished and was unable to carry on, but Théoden urged them to come to Helm's Deep. Legolas and Gimli had no choice to but to continue.

When Aragorn recovered and arrived at Helm's Deep later on, Legolas greeted him and returned the Evenstar to him. Aragorn revealed that he had seen ten thousand Uruk-hai marching towards Helm's Deep, prompting the King to order the defense of the fortress. But Legolas and Gimli were doubtful that they can hold out against such sheer numbers. Legolas in particular despaired that they will all die, prompting Aragorn to say "Then I shall die as one of them!"

The Elf later reconciled with Aragorn before the battle. Legolas then heard a horn blowing and immediately recognizes it as an Elvish call. Haldir and an army of Lothlórien Elves arrived to aid the King as sent by Galadriel and Elrond.

On the rampart of the Hornburg, Legolas joined his kin with Gimli, although the Dwarf grumbled about not being tall enough to see over the rampart. When the Uruk-hai arrived and started uttering war cries, Gimli frantically asked what was going on. Legolas offered either a description or a large box for Gimli to stand on, to which the Dwarf laughed.

The siege began and Legolas told the Elves and Men to aim at the Uruk's necks and underarms where their armor was weak. Uruks began climbing up on siege ladders and Legolas and Gimli began killing them on the wall. Legolas also spotted the Uruk berserker with a bomb and attempted to shoot him down, but the Uruk simply hurled himself into the hole in the wall. The wall of Helm's deep was blasted to pieces, although Legolas survived unharmed. He rode down the stairs on an Uruk shield while shooting arrows at the same time. Eventually however Legolas and the others were forced to retreat. When the Uruks began to throw up more siege ladders, the Elf managed to buy some time by shooting the ropes, causing one of them to topple over and flatten the Uruks. The Uruks broke into the fortress, so Legolas and the others withdrew into the keep. They continued to barely hold out through the night and as the sun of the following morning rose up Aragorn urged Théoden to ride out one last time. Legolas joined them and together they mowed down the Uruk-hai outside on the bridge. Legolas also witnessed the return of Gandalf with an army of horsemen led by Éomer. The battle of Helm's Deep ended and the remaining Orcs fled back to Isengard where Treebeard and the Ents have attacked and destroyed them.

Legolas joined the others in finding Merry and Pippin at Isengard. When the group confronted Saruman, Gimli became impatient with the wizard and suggested that Legolas shoot him. Legolas actually began to do so, but Gandalf commanded him not to as they needed information. Eventually Legolas was forced to act when Wormtongue stabbed Saruman, so the Elf shot Wormtongue in the heart, but it was too late to save Saruman and the former white wizard's body plummeted and landed on a spiky wheel at the bottom. The Palantir fell into the water and Pippin picked it up. It was quickly confiscated by Gandalf.

On returning to Edoras, a celebration was held due to the recent victory at Helm's Deep. There Legolas was introduced to a drinking game with Gimli which seemingly he had never done before. Nevertheless he held his liquor very well, going through several pints and still standing, although he mentioned "I can feel something... a slight tingle in my fingers. I think it's affecting me". Gimli however passed out, whereupon Legolas won the game.

Later he stood outside and talked with Aragorn and felt Sauron's presence when Pippin grabbed the Palantir. Aragorn grabbed the ball and Legolas held him up as he almost fell, the Palantir rolling out of his hands. Gandalf quickly covered it with a cloth. The next morning he heard what Gandalf had discovered after Pippin's vision in the Palantir. The Elf was later seen when Gondor signaled for help and Théoden ordered everyone to ride to Dunharrow. Gimli wished that he could muster an army of Dwarves from his home, though Legolas speculated that war already marched on their lands as well.

At Dunharrow, Legolas and Gimli noticed that the men and horses were uneasy under the shadow of the mountain. Gimli inquired about the road leading into the mountain, which Legolas identified as the road to the Dimholt. Éomer warned them that the mountain is an evil place to be avoided.

Legolas caught Aragorn trying to leave without himself and Gimli, and together they joined him on the road through the haunted mountain. Gimli wondered aloud about the dead, whereupon Legolas explained how they refused to aid Isildur in the war against Sauron, breaking their oath and cursed to walk the earth endlessly. Inside the mountain, the King of the Dead confronted the trio and sent his army to kill them. Legolas tried to shoot the dead king, but the arrow simply passed through his skull. Aragorn's reforged sword physically blocked the weapon of the king, at which point the dead king realized that Aragorn was Isildur's Heir. Aragorn demanded that they fight and fulfill their oath. The Dead King and his army seemed to retreat, when the mountain is rocked by an earthquake. The trio were forced to flee the avalanche of skulls and rocks. Once outside, Legolas and the others saw the Corsairs of Umbar heading to Gondor, but the King of the Dead reappeared and agreed to fight.

Legolas and the others arrived in Gondor on the Black Ships after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields had already begun. There he and Gimli began another contest to kill as many Orcs as possible. Legolas mounted a stampeding Mumakil, where he climbed the great beast and cut the war tower loose, sending the Haradrim archers into the path of the oncoming Oathbreakers. Legolas then shot the Mumakil in the head with three arrows and slid down its trunk as it fell to it's death. Landing in front an indignant Gimli, the Dwarf declared that it is still only one, seemingly forgetting the war tower full of Haradrim. During the battle, the Witch King of Angmar was killed by Éowyn who had previously fatally wounded Théoden who died shortly after.

To give Frodo more time to get the ring to Mount Doom, the remaining forces go to the Black Gate to distract Sauron and his forces. At the Black gate, Legolas and Gimli acknowledged their friendhsip before the fight began. Legolas and Gandalf followed Aragorn as he charged at the host of Mordor. During the fighting Legolas noticed Aragorn struggling to fight an armoured troll and immediately rushed to his aid. Legolas is present when the Great Eagles arrive and began fighting the Nazgûl in the air. When the One Ring was destroyed, Legolas was one of the first to notice the Eye of Sauron screaming from afar. He then witnesses the fall of Barad-Dur and the destruction of Mordor. At first he was happy but then noticed the mountain erupting and immediately was worried for Frodo and Sam. Gandalf rode on Gwahir and took two other eagles to go get the Hobbits and brought them back to Minas Tirith.

Leoglas was present when Frodo reawakened in Minas Tirith. At Aragorn's coronation, the King thanked his friend again for his support. Legolas then stepped aside to reveal Arwen, whereupon Aragorn finally married her. Legolas then bowed before Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry with everybody else present to thank them for everything they did.

The Hobbit film trilogy

Do not think I won't kill you, dwarf! It would be my pleasure.
—Legolas to Thorin, in The Desolation of Smaug

Legolas confronts Thorin and Company.

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Orlando Bloom returns to the role of Legolas. Although Legolas does not appear anywhere in the novel The Hobbit, he has a significant role as the son of the Elven king Thranduil within their Mirkwood realm. Bloom joins Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

During one hunt, Legolas and Tauriel came across the Company of Thorin Oakenshield on their journey to the Lonely Mountain. Legolas and the Mirkwood Elf Rangers surrounded the Dwarves and took them captive, searching them. Legolas pulled out a photo of Glóin's wife and of his son Gimli and tossed it aside after asking who they were. He was handed Orcrist, which Thorin had been wielding. Legolas asked Thorin where he got the blade to which the stubborn Dwarf replied that it had been given to him. Legolas insulted the prince of being a thief and a liar before taking the blade for himself. Legolas led the Elves with the Dwarf prisoners back through the gates of the halls of Thranduil. Thinking that he heard something behind him, Legolas turned around, giving Bilbo Baggins enough time to sneak through the gates wearing the One Ring. The Dwarves were locked up while Thranduil tried to bargain with Thorin but the Dwarf turned down the deal. Legolas told his father that Tauriel fought well at some point and Thranduil confronted her, telling her that Legolas had grown fond of her and not to give him hope where there is none as he would never allow his son to pledge himself to a lowly silvan elf such as herself. Legolas later watched from above as Tauriel talked with Kíli the Dwarf.

Bilbo helped the Dwarves escape in barrels that were on their way to Lake-town but Legolas was alerted and told Feren to get the gate closed. Feren blew his horn and the Elf sentries closed the river gate but were immediately attacked and killed by Hunter Orcs led by Bolg of Gundabad. Legolas and Tauriel reached the gate with the support of the Silvan Guard and the Elf Rangers and they attacked the Orcs. Kíli got out of his barrel to open the gate and was shot by Bolg with a Mordor Shaft from his Morgul Bow. Legolas followed the Dwarves downstream and was the only elf able to keep up with the current. He continued to kill the Hunter Orcs as he went, jumping from one side of the creek to the other, using the Dwarf's heads as stepping stones. Towards the end of the skirmish an orc raised his axe behind Legolas' head and Thorin threw an axe from his barrel to kill the Orc, saving the Elf's life.

Tauriel shot an arrow to intercept Narzug's arrow that was aimed at Legolas from behind as he watched the Dwarves and Orcs continue down the stream. Legolas told her not to kill the Orc archer as he might be able to help them. They brought Narzug back to their kingdom where Legolas and Thranduil interrogated him. Thranduil promised to set him free but when he began talking about his master "The One" and the weapon that was going to be unleashed Thranduil beheaded him, telling Legolas that there was nothing more the Orc could tell him. Thranduil ordered the gates to be closed, nobody entering or exiting the kingdom. Legolas went to order the gates closed when he was told Tauriel had left with nothing but her knives and bow. Legolas decided to follow her to bring her back. When he finally caught up with her he tried to get her to come back but Tauriel convinced him that they needed to do their part and follow the Orcs. The continued on to Lake-town. By the time they reached Esgaroth it was night-fall and the Dwarves had already left for Erebor apart from Kíli, Fíli, Bofur and Óin and they were being attacked by Orcs in the house of Bard. Legolas came in through the roof and began killing the Orcs with Tauriel. Fimbul the Hunter, Bolg's lieutenant ran out and jumped onto a boat, letting Bolg know that Oakenshield had already left and Legolas pushed the last Orc's body out onto the end of the boat Fimbul had jumped onto, sending flying back up into Legolas' knives and he was beheaded by the elf. Legolas attempted to convince Tauriel to keep hunting with him but she opted to stay with Kíli who she was obviously growing feelings for. He said her name one more time before leaving and chasing down more Orcs.

He finally caught up to Bolg who anticipated his arrival, having a couple of Orcs ready to attack the Elf prince. Legolas attacked Bolg after killing the Orcs and an intense duel ensued. Legolas eventually lost Orcrist and had to pull out one of his knives and Bolg proved to be a stronger Orc than the others, and made Legolas bleed for the first time. More Orcs attacked Legolas as Bolg escaped on his Warg, leaving Lake-town. Legolas stood there out of breath and saw the blood on his finger after touching the wound but was only stopped for a moment before taking a horse and chasing down the Gundabad Orc. Bolg led him to a Warg pack and the Orcs bore the sign of Gundabad which concerned Legolas greatly.

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in the wake of the destruction of Esgaroth from the flames of Smaug and the death of the Dragon by the Black Arrow fired by Bard, Legolas returned to the refugee camp and found Tauriel. He told her to take leave of the Dwarf as she was needed elsewhere. Legolas met with Bard who seemed to be the leader of the men due to the death of the Master of Lake-town. He asked what they would do and also warned Bard of the Gundabad Orcs he feared would come now that the mountain was no longer guarded by a dragon. Feren arrived and told Legolas to return immediately to his kingdom but when he found out Tauriel had been banished, he decided to stay with her and go scout out Gundabad. They rode to the Orc stronghold and lay waiting for nightfall to go in. Tauriel asked what was beyond Gundabad and Legolas told her it was the lands of Angmar. After a pause he added that his mother died in Angmar and that his father barely talked about her. As it got darker they were surprised by a hoard of Gundabad War Bats and then looked over to see Bolg commanding an entire army of Gundabad War Orcs. They rode back as quickly as they could to warn the others.

When they arrived back in the ruins of Dale, the Battle of Five Armies had already begun and they found Gandalf the Grey, telling him that another army of Orcs was arriving. Realizing that they would trap Thorin, Dwalin, Kíli and Fíli on Ravenhill, Tauriel wished to go help Kíli and the other Dwarves, believing their lives to be worth just as much as that of an elf. Thranduil, trying to leave the battle, believing that he had spent enough elf blood on a worthless cause was stopped by Tauriel. He broke her bow and threatened to kill her but Legolas pushed his blade away, stepping up from behind him. He told his father that if he hurt her he would have to kill him. Legolas told Tauriel he would go with her and they made their way to Ravenhill. Legolas grabbed hold of a bat and flew up to the fortress where he hung upside-down and took down an entire line of Gundabad War Orcs on their way past before shooting his bat and landing on one of the towers. He saw Thorin fighting Azog the Defiler below on the ice and shot down the Orcs that were sent after the Dwarf. When he noticed Bolg attacking Tauriel he reached for an arrow but realised he had finally run out, grabbing Orcrist. He jumped down onto a Truncated Troll and commandeered it to push over the tower and create a stone bridge of sorts. Legolas and Bolg had a rematch on the stone bridges, Legolas using Orcrist until he noticed Thorin cornered on the ice above. He threw Orcrist up to stab the Orc above Thorin, returning the sword to the dwarf. Legolas then unsheathed his knives and attacked Bolg again. Bolg pushed him down and bits of the bridge began falling beneath him, but Legolas used his light feet to step on the falling rocks and run back up. Bolg grabbed his knife in the same position that dominated Legolas in Lake-town but this time the elf was ready for it, swinging around on top and stabbing the big Gundabad Orc in the head before jumping off and letting his body fall and get crushed by rocks from the tower. Legolas decided he couldn't stay in Mirkwood after defying his father and Thranduil recommended he go to the rangers in the north to look for the Dunedain where he would find a young man who went by the name of "Strider" and that Legolas must discover his true name for himself. As Legolas left, Thranduil called after him that his mother loved him. Legolas briefly looked back before walking off.

Ralph Bakshi version

Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's animated version of Lord of the Rings.

Legolas has also been portrayed by Anthony Daniels in the 1978 Ralph Bakshi animated version of The Lord of the Rings.

Radio versions

Legolas was voiced by Frank Duncan in the 1956 radio series, by John Vickery in the 1979 radio series, and by David Collings in the 1981 BBC Radio 4 adaptation.

The Lord of the Rings Online

Legolas is first met in Rivendell, where before the Fellowship's departure he helps the player search for the missing Nazgûl. Later, the player catches up with Legolas at several points during the Fellowship's journey such as Cerin Amroth, Meduseld, Hornburg and the Pelennor Fields. After Sauron's defeat, Legolas and Gimli accompany soldiers of Gondor who on the orders of King Elessar begin exploring and securing the Land of Shadow; Legolas assists the player in their exploration of Tower of Cirith Ungol. Afterwards, Legolas for a brief time returns home to his father's halls in Eryn Lasgalen, where he introduces the player to Grimbeorn. He soon returns back to Minas Tirith for the wedding of Aragorn and Arwen, after which he continues the exploration of the pass of Cirith Ungol, eventually discovering the entrance to Shelob's Lair.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Translated name
Spanish (Latin America) José Antonio Macías
Spanish (Spain) Sergio Zamora
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Sérgio Moreno (FOTR, TTT, Extended Edition ROTK)
Alexandre Marconatto (ROTK)
Philippe Maia (The Hobbit trilogy)
German Philipp Moog
Italian (Italy) Massimiliano Manfredi
Hungarian Károly Rékasi
French (France) Denis Laustriat
Czech (Czech Republic) Michal Jagelka
Slovak Vladimír Kobielský
Polish Jacek Kopczyńśki (1978)

Lesław Żurek (The Hobbit trilogy)

Turkish Murat Şen

Video games

  • Legolas is hero in The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, portrayed by Crispin Freemen in the PS3 and Xbox 360 version. There is a specific achievement called "That still only counts as one", which is earned by using Legolas to kill an Oliphaunt single handedly, just like Legolas did in the third of Peter Jackson's movies and is named after what Gimli said to him immediately afterwards.
  • In LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game, Legolas is voiced by Orlando Bloom since in the game, actual movie audio is used for cutscenes and other dialogue needed. Legolas is able to jump higher than other characters in game.
  • Legolas also appears in The Lord of the Rings Online, and can be found in the Guest Rooms of Rivendell, and in Cerin Amroth, in Lothlórien.
"A Prince of the Woodland Realm, Legolas is a lethal fighter who is fiercely loyal to his father. However, as the outside world encroaches on the Wood Elves, Legolas has ventured forth to help defend his people from dwarves, orcs and other threats."
Description of Legolas in The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age

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Legolas' character poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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A French character poster of Legolas
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Legolas's character poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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Legolas and Bard in the The Hobbit films
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Legolas as a LEGO minifigure.
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Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ለጎላስ
Arabic ليجولاس
Armenian Լեգոլաս
Belarussian Cyrillic Легалас
Bengali লেগোলাস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Леголас (Legolas)

Леголас Зеленолист (Legolas Greenleaf)

Catalan Légolas
Chinese (Hong Kong) 勒苟拉斯
Chinese (China) 莱古拉斯
Chinese (Taiwan) 萊戈拉斯
Colognian Lejolas
Georgian ლეგოლასი
Greek Λέγκολας
Gujarati લેગલોસ
Hebrew לגולאס
Japanese レゴラス
Kannada ಲೆಗೊಲಸ್
Kazakh Леголас (Cyrillic) Legolas (Latin)
Korean 레골라스
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Лэголас
Macedonian Cyrillic Леголас
Malayalam ലെഗോലാസ്
Mongolian Cyrillic Леголас
Nepalese ळेगोलस
Persian لگولاس
Punjabi ਲੈਗੋਲਸ
Russian Леголас
Sanskrit ळेगोलस्
Serbian Леголас (Cyrillic) Legolas (Latin)
Sinhalese ලෙගෝලස්
Tajik Cyrillic Леголас
Tamil லெகோலாஸ்
Telugu లెగోలాస్
Thai เลโกลัส
Ukrainian Cyrillic Леголас
Urdu لیگولاس
Uzbek Леголас (Cycillic) Legolas (Latin)
Yiddish לעגאָלאַס
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter V: "The White Rider" Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Chap5" defined multiple times with different content
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter III: "The Ring goes South"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IV: "A Journey in the Dark"
  5. The Hobbit, Chapter IX: "Barrels Out of Bond"
  6. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VI: "Lothlorien"
  7. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IX: "The Great River"
  8. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter I: "The Departure of Boromir"
  9. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter II: "The Riders of Rohan"
  10. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter VII: "Helm's Deep"
  11. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter VIII: "The Road to Isengard"
  12. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter II: "The Passing of the Gray Company"
  13. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter VI: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  14. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter IX: "The Last Debate"
  15. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "Later Events concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  16. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk
  17. Parma Eldalamberon 17, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  18. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, chapter III: "The Fall of Gondolin"
  19. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 211 (dated 14 October 1958)
  20. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien", Appendices: Appendix B, The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves
  21. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VIII: "Farewell to Lorien"
  22. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, chapter VI: "The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales"

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