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ok, ok..Legolas...in the book...
not really memorable, just another one of the guys?
well, that's the impression I got anyway.
that also isn't his real hair...
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 think he's the hottest guy on the planet!! wel..right now anyway...
all my friends think i'm insane..
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]
he now has normal hair..and looks divine. he'll be in Black Hawk Down..is it out yet? and looks fantastic...*sigh*
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. ^^
anybody else here agree with Rosie?
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]
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.
Question: are there any actors you would prefer to be in the movie playing an elf?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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! ^_^
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!
Some say he is 9000 years old, which I believe to be an overstatement.
Thanks for the warm welcome, my friends.
Hi there Menecairiel, welcome to our world.
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.
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.
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!
Nice seeing you again, Allyssa.
I always thought he was showing off when he legged it over the top of the snow though.
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!
(Hi Menecairiel! Never been to Norway but it's next on the list, since I loved Iceland so much.)
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.
not exactly the word i would've used... more like 'manly' and 'athletic' and scrumptious...
forgive me, what were we talking about?[Edited on 6/2/2002 by Rosie]
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...
Legolas and Boromir are my favourite characters. Can't help it...
Menecairiel -It's late, she's tried...nighty!