I realize that this may cost me many of the friends I have here, but I cannot stand watching Orlando Bloom try to act! Legolas is my favorite character in the books, aside from Merry and Pippin, where he actually has a personality/ sense of humor/ backstory. But man... the movies... I pretty much cringe every time Orlando opens his mouth.
So. I have basically come up with a design as far away as I can possibly get from the blonde, poncy movie Legolas. I cropped off all his hair and made it darker and angled out his face. Unfortunately, my version of Legolas does not coincide with the description of his father in The Hobbit, which gives him fair hair. So... let's just say Legolas takes after his mother. Maybe I'll draw her. Sorry Thranduil's a little scary looking.
I apologize to anyone I offended with my blatant Orlando-bashing.
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I love orlando...
But your right, I'm missing some of the book humour
"I am off to find the sun!" -Legolas
Or something like that
I agree with the comment that Orlando can't act. When I watched the movies for the first time, I just ignored him and focused on a rock or other character behind him. The things that caught my attention were the fact that his eye color was very inconsistant (One minute it's brown, than grey, then blue, next thing you know, it'll be green.), and that Orlando bears a startling resemblance to my older brother.
Your version is very cute and refreshing
No seriously, I like the way you try and go beyond the film's view of carbon-copy blonde elves. I always thought of Legolas being blonde, seen the backstory he gets in Tolkien's notes pertaining to his lineage, but I think even the Master didn't know for sure...the only illustration of the Fellowship that was done in Tolkien's lifetime had Legolas with a hood over his head, hiding for all eternity the holy truth...
I swear, the two greatest mysteries in LotR : does the Balrog actually *have* wings, and what colour hair does Legolas *really* have???
Needless to say, the pic is great!
And where did Tolkien say that? I want to print it out in massive letters and post it on my wall.
And it was a huge vindication when I found that, like, OH YES!
I could also go off on a long tangent about how when Bilbo and the dwarves are escaping all the Elves are drunk and partying, etc, etc, but I'll leave that alone.