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Legolas aims for the Fell Beast

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'Legolas laid down his paddle and took up the bow that he had brought from Lórien. Then he sprang ashore and climbed a few paces up the bank. Stringing the bow and fitting an arrow he turned, peering back over the River into the darkness. Across the water there were shrill cries, but nothing could be seen.
Frodo looked up at the Elf standing tall above him, as he gazed into the night, seeking a mark to shoot at. His head was dark, crowned with sharp white stars that glittered in the black pools of the sky behind.'


JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book II, Chapter 9: The Great River

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Double likes for making Legolas not look like a blonde girl!
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peet's avatar
Thanks for the kind words!
EmmetEarwax's avatar
Legolas was the son of the King of the Mirkwood elves. The dwarves, due to their inordinate pride and grumbling dislike of elves, brought a lot of trouble on themselves , from the king who had asked them perfectly civil questions. Such took Bilbo some effort to fix.
peet's avatar
Thanks again for the replica of your earlier comment ;)
EmmetEarwax's avatar
Sorry. I am having memory problems. It's playing tricks on me.
I keep finding after I comment, that it was a doop of a comment I made earlier. Maybe I should check before I make a comment I can't erase. But when there were some 677 comments alraeady made ...how ?
peet's avatar
Hey no worries, I thought it was funny. I actually like how you were almost verbatim :D!
EmmetEarwax's avatar
Legolas was the son of the king of the Mirkwood Elves. The king captured the Dwarves and accused the trooping dwarves  of molesting & annoying his people. The dwarves, out of pride & dislike for Elves (Morgoth fostered such hate back when the world was young), refused to tell Thranduil their purpose & goals, and thus incurred much suffering upon themselves. It was up to Bilbo and his power of invisibility, to get them out . They did suffer tremendously in those barrels !

Now to Legolas. I recall from the movie he and that dwarf Gimli kept count of all the orcs they shot and Gimli even kept mimimizing Legolas' count.

Elves say dwarves have no souls and just cease to be when they die.
peet's avatar
All correct, except for the last sentence which I'm not sure about. I think some of the Elves learnt enough about the Dwarves' own lore regarding their belief that Aule asked Mandos to set aside a separate resting place for the Naugrim. This has never been confirmed either way though :)
EmmetEarwax's avatar
Yea, little is known about Valinor, as mortals ,unless deemed worthy, are NOT welcome there in the flesh. And they, once there, can not come back. Only through talking to elven sages can we know anything about Valinor ...
peet's avatar
You'll have to consult Ælfwine ;)
EmmetEarwax's avatar
I can recall a British monk who translated the Red Book into Old Engllish and Tolkein was able to read it for data on Frodo's adventures. The Red Book had  come down through the ages, through Samwise's descendants who lived at the Tower Hills in the centures of the 4th age.
AnnabethLovegd's avatar
Wow! I love your character depictions!
peet's avatar
I'm very glad of this, thanks for commenting!
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DiosApollos's avatar
I love this so much! :D I picture Legolas with brown hair in the books too. ^^
ChristineMW's avatar
spectacular work, the "his head was dark" line always puzzeled me. I never was sure if they were talking about hair color or the shadows.
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HatakeNobara's avatar
This was always one of my favourite passages. :heart: Thank you for so beautifully illustrating it.
I really liked this version of Legolas, and you did the details really well!:) Keep up the good work!
Bexkex92's avatar
This is amazing, I checked your LoTR illustrations, and they're so... Great. The Tolkien-ish atmosphere.. wow.
This is so different from the movie Legolas, not just the hair, but the aura, I don't know how to say it, but it's positive :) He is much more like the Legolas described in the books, still don't know why...
You're a great artist, did you know? While some, like me, call they're sketch-like drawings "art", this truly is...
Love this, really
Is great!

How tall is Legolas in the books?
funky-yazz-jaz's avatar
You style is great! i love the sky. water colour?
And the way you draw faces with the eye-cheek bone line standing out.
:worshoip:
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