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mmm...orlando...
*swoon*
hehe
ok, ok..Legolas...in the book...
not really memorable, just another one of the guys?
well, that's the impression I got anyway.
yes, i have. he looks better as Legolas...

that also isn't his real hair... Sad Smilie
Hi, Legolas no miko

I agree Legolas is rather cute. Dont know about sexy (see discussion under "lorien").

Have you seen Orlando Bloom without his make up? He's okay if you like mohawks.
i totally agree..
i think he's the hottest guy on the planet!! wel..right now anyway...
all my friends think i'm insane..
really? woah, all my friends (except for one) think that Legolas is the sexiest thing on the planet. well him and Sean Biggerstaff (the guy who played Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter Movie).
anyway, Legolas is GORGEOUS. not fair..
i think he looks like something straight out of a japanese anime.
and that Oliver Wood guy...looks creepy.[Edited on 8/1/2002 by Rosie][Edited on 19/1/2002 by Grondmaster]
ok, well, Legolas is great. Not a huge fan of hair that's longer than mine, though...now, if Orlando Bloom had non-mohawky hair, then that'd be really great. Big Smile Smilie
he only had to get the mohawk for the movie, to hold the wig in place.
he now has normal hair..and looks divine. he'll be in Black Hawk Down..is it out yet? and looks fantastic...*sigh*
Bloom was ok in the film, but I don't like him just being Orlando Bloom. He's not sexy, definetely not. But they could not have casted anyone better for Legolas, you're right in that. Smile Smilie
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anyway, Legolas is GORGEOUS. not fair..
i think he looks like something straight out of a japanese anime


how so, Rosie? and which character does he remind you of most?

after seeing many pics of Orlando Bloom normally, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas, i personally think that he looks best as Legolas. he makes guys with long hair look good. ^^
Most anime male protagonists (in the girly ones anyway) have the delicate features and tend to be very, very handsome. which legolas is. he's athletic, smart, etc..perfection in every way. Also in anime, when depicting caucasion characters, they tend to have blue eyes and blonde hair, some times long like legolas' hair.
all good points. hmm, i'll have to show all that to my friends. we're all anime/Legolas obsessed enough as it is! ^_^

anybody else here agree with Rosie?
I think when Taz instigated the Characters Topic, it was for discussing the characters in the book and what makes them tick rather than a place to swoon over the actors in the film. :P
Allow me to rephrase that: Orlando Bloom makes guys with long hair look EXTRA good. Wink Smilie

NEWS FLASH: Orlando Bloom is in the Febuary issue of Teen People magazine (albeit on one page as far as i've looked at the moment). but even though he's not all done up as Legolas with the hair extensions he still looks sexy.[Edited on 19/1/2002 by Grondmaster]
i don't think we get that mag in australia.
oh well..
Orlando's cute, but i just remembered that I read about him in 'InStyle' before i saw LOTR and didn't even look at him twice!
So i think i was mainly attracted to the character he portrays in the movie, and the wig and all made his features look extra nice.. but that's about it.
Still, the verdict that he's probably the best looking man alive still stands. Big Smile Smilie
That's cos Viggo played a ranger, a lost wanderer, a traveller, a rough swordsman. Orlando played a stylish, elegant elf. Big Smile Smilie
Question: are there any actors you would prefer to be in the movie playing an elf?
none come to mind, i couldn't picture anybody doing a better job than Orlando. ^_^
OK - woow - hold it there girls. This forum is like been stuck in a hair salon - or been stuck in a bad Ally MAcBeal episode during a slumber party. WE GOT THE MESSAGE 6 ORLANDO'S CUTE. CAN WE TALK ABOUT LEGOLAS NOW! (whisper I think Arwen is cute mmhh)

Legolas has always been one of my favorite characters although I find him a little too aloof and perfect in the movie. What intersts me is why Tolkien chose HIM - above all the other Elves hanging around ME. Why not Glorfindel, or Elronds sons, from what I cna remember Legolas is just some messenger boy (no pejoration intended) from Mirkwood.

Also as this quest can be considered as the most important quest in ME history (outside of the Silmarils) I thought that the Elven people despite their estrangement from the ways and affairs of Men, would have gotten a little more in on the act. Basically where the f**k were Elven armies/ host when everyone else was getting massacred at Minas Tirith? A few ELven Princes and archers would have been helpful?

Lastly, are Elves supposed to be portrayed as being THAT youthful!
Huan, i think Legolas IS a prince from somewhere in Mirkwood, i remember reading it somewhere. And Tolkien chose Legols to bring in another 'race' of elves? maybe? And the Elves lived to far away to come to Minas Tirith. (making excuses..leave'em alone! Big Smile Smilie)
i'm glad that Orlando.. i mean Legolas was that youthful. what a HUNK!!
mm...and where were we?
i think i could imagine Brad Pitt in that role? imagine him in Meet Joe Black but not with long hair.
and my two cents worth:
Perhaps he is a poorly developed character on Tolkien's part?
perhaps Elves age differently to humans. and the reason why he hasn't travelled much, well if you have all of eternity to live then you can afford to be a little lax about seeing the world.
ok, perhaps Brad Pitt wasn't the best choice but he's kinda cute, ok?
i heard somewhere that Orlando beat Jude Law to the role.
Yup, Legolas' father was Thranduil, the King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood. The same Elf King that locked up Thorin and Company in 'The Hobbit'.
Hmmmm Prince Legolas I think I can definatly live with that.

Brad Pitt, Rosie??? I'm glad they didn't. Not that he isn't great looking but it's so much better sometimes to use not so well known actors portray characters. Even though it might not help them with their future careers eg. Mark Hamil. Not that I think Orlando will have any prob but

I think if I saw Brad Pitt in it I would immedialty think of Jennifer Aniston Or legends of the fall ext and that wouldn't be good when trying to live a fantasy.

Legolas reminds me of Allen Shezar in the manga Escaflowne.
Grond - I'm doing my best here!

OK, Thranduil etc I knew that - but all things considered I would have loved to have seen an Elf from The Grey Havens; I mean the Hobbit we already talked about Mirkwood etc, we've meet Rivendell people and Galadrile at Lothlorien etc, so the only "missing" element are Cidran's people. And sconsiddering the symbolic imortance ofthat lot? I would loved to had more info about who they are.

Maybe Tolkien was trying to make it upto Thranduil considering how "badly" he portryed the ELves in Hobbit.

And lets leave Brad Pitt out of this one!
If Brad had gotten the part, I would have jumped out of the window. He is not how I'd picture Legolas.

Okay, back to the REAL topic...

Legolas, Elf Prince and a fine Elf. I can't get enough of him in the books. (I have justed finished reading the Fellowship pf the Ring...again...before I'll be catching the movie this evening) I love it in the book when he and Gimli argues about being blind-folded. And later, he he offers to take Gimli on the same horse. And he calls him his friend. I think that was very cute. Okay, I am hooked...no need to say that.

Oh, btw..this is my first post here. And it will not be the last. So take care, my friends, until I return.

Menecairiel
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Legolas reminds me of Allen Shezar in the manga Escaflowne.

a little bit, only i like Legolas a little better. Allen is a bit too much of a player, but he's still cool.

welcome to the forums Menecairiel! ^_^ Big Smile Smilie
Okay, I have another legit question about Legolas, no drooling involved (Brad Pitt? ew). This will probably be a long post, sorry.

How old is he?

Orlando has said he (Legolas) is some 2900+ years old, and he must have gotten that from somewhere, but Tolkien never actually says. So I'm curious, all you expert types, what feeling do you get? Old or young (for an elf, of course)?

He constantly refers to the rest of the Fellowship as children (and how annoying must that have been for Gimli?), and when he says that the Rohirrim came out of the north 500 years ago, he seems to be implying that he was around for those 500 years and this is something he remembers. And he makes poetic observations like the fact that he has watched acorns grow up, grow old and die. The terrifically ancient Fangorn makes him feel like a child again, even though Mirkwood is an old forest itself and he doesn't seem to have any similar feelings towards it.

And yet, he doesn't seem to have traveled much, if he's old. He's never been to Lorien, he's never been to Fangorn (and doesn't know much about it). It seems that elves are travelling less as their era ends, and though he seems familiar with Elrond's home, Mirkwood and Rivendell aren't very far apart. But he does know the Lay of Nimrodel, so he's been somewhere to learn it or it's been brought to Mirkwood, so it isn't like no one travels.

And he acts fairly young sometimes. I can't picture Elrond or Thranduil or the other older elves we know doing the head-count with Gimli at Helm's Deep (one of my favorite scenes). He has a quick temper. Elves seem to be a bit tempermental anyway, but not many of the ones we meet are given to the flashes that Legolas shows (like when Gimli is stubborn about being blindfolded). He completely freaks out when they first see the Balrog. He's flexible enough in his opinions to make friends with a dwarf. He's fascinated with the Ents and eager to see Aglarond with Gimli.

I just can't get a fix on him! The best I can come up with is that he's youngish. Maybe a younger son, probably not the heir (since he seems to be Thranduil's messenger to Elrond, and he's a member of the Fellowship. So "a" prince of Mirkwood rather than "the" Prince of Mirkwood.) He's old enough to be an experienced fighter against Orcs and he has no fear of Men (I'm thinking of the first meeting with Eomer), but he's young enough not to be jaded, like Elrond seems sometimes and like his father (not a favorite of mine) seems most of the time.

What are some other opinions? You guys are the experts after all! Smile Smilie
According to my resources, Legolas is 2778 years old in the end of the book. However, I am a bit unsure about this and I have no idea how my brother found that out.

Some say he is 9000 years old, which I believe to be an overstatement.

Thanks for the warm welcome, my friends.


Menecairiel
2778 eh, never really cared enough about Legolas to think about it. But that's pretty young for an elf really, He's only ever seen the Third Age, wheres most of the Elves in the story have been around since at least the second Age. Well, it's not young, but it's not old, if you know what I mean, kind of middle aged I guess...
Hi there Menecairiel, welcome to our world. Smile Smilie
Yeah, not young, but youngish.
Welcome Menecairiel.

I figure Legolas was young enough (by elf standards) to not be jaded and to still love his surroundings. At the beginning of the Fourth Age he, with the Greeewood elves that moved there with him, turned Ithilien once again into the fairest country in all the westlands. This was while Gimli was busy playing stonemason in Minas Tirith and artisan in the The Caverns of Helm's Deep. Smile Smilie
well, if you think about it...Elrond was like 6000ish years old...if we call that like 60 in human time, that would make Legolas in his mid-to-late-twenties in relation to Elrond, which seems about right, in my mind. I think Tolkien made Legolas a little more temperamental than the average elf to give him a bit more personality and to make people be able to relate to him more...most of the other elves seem a little stand-offish...while characters like Galadrial, etc, definitely have personality, I don't know how many people can relate to them.
Yes, it makes sense that Legolas is young(er) than most of the Elves in the story (btw, he and Arwen are just as young).

Like meny young people, he would of course not be tired of his surroundings. And I think 2000 years is enough time developing that incredible skill with the bow. I think that i need 2000 years extra to learn that....

In the movie, you could see that Legolas started as an idealistic young Elf. He knew of course the downsides in history but he was still one fo the first to volunteer, most likely to seek adventure.

However, after the "death" of Gandalf, this changed. You could see it in his eyes as Aragorn ordered/requested him to get the Hobbits up. He hesistated. He was confused. He looked shocked and scared to the bone.

Like most warriors, however, he put that aside and did what he could to fight and survive. The way he watched as Boromir died in Aragorn arms was touching, because it shows just how little Elves know about death. He watched, facinated and yet repulsed. Great acting from Orlando's part. He really showed Legolas as I pictured him in the books.

Menecairiel
Wellcome Menecariel.

Legolas's age..He may well be over 3000 but I don't think so. Consider his high regard for the Sons of Elrond. He speaks of them as if they are older I think, but they are roughly 2900 years old. (divide by 144 for elf years - 20).

I make Legolas at perhaps 18? = 2592 just a bit younger. Kind of childish at times (like when he was being irritatingly flippant when they came upon the trail of the hobbits) and adult at others (when he talks about the oak trees).

He did seem to mature as the book progressed. I think that is partly why he and Gimli ended up friends, though no doubt they still got on each others nerves at times!
Wouldn't surprise me if that was tha case. Legolas is a very complexed character and Tolkien did not volunteer too much information about him. Guess that must be the reason why I like Logolas so much. He is very mature yet childish. Stubborn as well, just remember what a noise he made about being blindfolded amongst his own people. I loved that scene...they should have included it in the movie since I feel it contribued in making Gimli and Legolas friends (don't ask. It is more similiar to the term : Beat and make up seen in many a movie and book. Two persons engaging in a confrontation before they put aside their differences and become friends)

Nice seeing you again, Allyssa.

Menecairiel

Legolas had a very strong childish side to him. Especially early in the book, like when he shows off on the pass of Caradhras. I wanted to throw a snowball at him! Big Smile Smilie
i didn't think he was showing off at all. just trying to be helpful. since seeing the movie (more over, Orlando as Legolas) i have become a big fan of his character. call me what you will, but i think Legolas' character is perfect for the role he was supposed to play and i'm glad he wasn't a Mr. Perfect like Aragorn. kinda intimidating.
Legolas is a charming character, both in the book and on screen. I liked the part in the book where he says that he is going to get the sun and runs past the others. Made me want to throw him in the snow and show what we do in Norway when it is snowing...

Menecairiel
Tell me more about snowy Norway.... Big Smile Smilie
I always thought he was showing off when he legged it over the top of the snow though.
Hey, if you possed the ability to walk on snow without making a footprint, would you not have showed it of?

Norway...err...picture that scene where the Fellowship walk over the snowy mountain. That should give you an insight on the nature of Norway. Add a city with grumpy people and you have Oslo. Take Hobbiton, cover it in snow and let the people grow and you have my hometown. In my hometown, we like to throw people in the snow and put snow down their necks. We like to throw snowballs at them and later go inside and sip some hot chocolade. We also hate winter, or at least I do. I am an Autumn person and a Summer person. I do not like snow, for it is too cold for my skin.

If Legolas could save the Fellowship, he could have come here and saved me! I need it!

Menecairiel
Thanks guys! I feel vindicated (the question came out of a fight with a fellow fangirl). And most of your reasons mesh with mine so that's reassuring.

(Hi Menecairiel! Never been to Norway but it's next on the list, since I loved Iceland so much.)
Legolas was my fav character in the book. had a real merry side to him. Orlando Bloom was great in the movie. i liked his expressions (and his hair) a lot.
Legolas was by far the sweetest character in the movie, Gimli was the funniest and not far behind. it was just so sweet when legolas would start going of on those orcs with his bow. I just want to see the fight of Helm's Deep in the next one. It better be good as all the battle scenes in the fellowship.

As a side not legolas was the only one not to be coruppted by the ring also. him and maybe gimli. i might be wrong here but im pretty sure.
Legolas kept clear of the Ring and Frodo. You don't see them talking together after he volunteers to go with them. I think the Ring is calling out for him as well, but he doesn't really desire it.

Menecariel
u thought it was sweet of Legolas to butcher those orcs?
not exactly the word i would've used... more like 'manly' and 'athletic' and scrumptious...
*drool*
forgive me, what were we talking about?[Edited on 6/2/2002 by Rosie]
Legolas? I haven't read all of the above posts, sorry for that, but I really don't have much time. I still want to reply though. But to what again? Big Smile Smilie Oh well...

Legolas was a good character, but sweet? Naah. He was just the elf of the company, and the one who comes to help when you need it, just like Gandalf. I liked Gimli much more though. Always loved the funny parts... Big Smile Smilie
Legolas was much more than that. he was the eyes and ears of the Fellowship. Legolas was a very complexed character. being an Elf, he had the glow in him that Elves have. And the totally ignorance towards death was amazing. In the movie, there are two points where my breath stops. One, after exiting Moria and the Fellowship mourn over Mithrandir's death. Legolas is in disbelief. He almost looks guilty. Two is when Boromir dies. Legolas look -in the lack of a better word- curious. He tries to get a good view to Aragorn and Boromir. That was kinda funny.

Legolas and Boromir are my favourite characters. Can't help it...

Menecairiel
I thought Legolas looked devistated at the death of Boromir. It was a "I can't believe we've lost another comrade" kinda look. That said Olarndo Bloom did a great job with merely facial expressions than most of the cast (with exception of Elijah) and I think it shows in his fan base. I mean the guy said like 15 lines in the entire movie and still everyone is swooning over him... not bad Orli
I'm not swooning over Orlando. Though he did a GREAT job as Legolas, I was in love with the character before LotR was a twinkle in Peter Jackson's eye :P
Or before Orlando was a glint in the milkman's eye? Big Smile Smilie
*grins* You are evil, mellonamin. Yet you do get my point. There are many 'sick' people out there, folks. And I think that Mr. Bloom will find that out rather quickly. Good thing that he is crazy enough to deal with that. Anyone ever seen an interview with him? The guy is nuts! He should be on Letterman..

Menecairiel -It's late, she's tried...nighty!
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