The first time I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was on DVD in the comfort of my own home. When The Two Towers premiered, I was sufficiently certain that it would be worthy of a trip to the movie theater. As I settled myself in a theater seat, surrounded by what I thought were other avid Lord of the Rings fans, I was sure I had made the right decision. How wrong I was. As it turns out, the movie theater was packed with people who were mainly there to drool over Legolas. I swear, every time he so much as breathed onscreen, shrieks of excitement reverberated throughout the crowded theater. And don't even get me started on when he would perform some amazing acrobatic feat. I think I suffered permanent hearing damage that day.
While annoyed by this kind of reaction, I can sympathize with where it's coming from. Legolas is definitely an amazing character. As an Elf, he automatically appears to be wiser than he looks, and he can do things that Men just can't. Plus, especially in the movies, Legolas fights Orcs and Uruk-Hai with all the expertise that a master of the bow can wield. It is a sight to behold. (Still, I don't think Legolas deserves all those ear-piercing squeals he received. Where's the love for Gimli, huh?)
Legolas is able to have these nifty, scream-inducing abilities because of his body. Elves are on some sort of higher plane of being than us normal folks. Read on if you want to know exactly all the ways in which Legolas' body makes him special.
25 Sleep Is For The Weak
During Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli's chase of the pack of Uruk-Hai, they hardly stopped to rest. In the movie, The Two Towers, we just see scenes of them running over hills, plains, and valleys. In the book, Aragorn and Gimli only pause their pursuit to take short naps.
Legolas is the one member of the trio who did not have to sleep.
He would remain awake as the others rested their weary legs and minds. One of the powers of being an Elf is an ability to resist the nighttime slumbers.
24 Prodigy Children
Legolas is not that special among Elves. It's more like being an Elf makes him special among the other members of the Fellowship. Did you know that by their first year of life, an Elf can sing, dance, walk, and speak?
I have no clue what that sight would look like, but I do know that it would terrify me to see a one-year-old human child doing that. I pray that a one-year-old Elven child looks a little more adult-ish than the walking talking baby that I currently have in my head.
23 Why Do His Eyes Change Color?
Observant fans of The Lord of the Rings may have noticed that Legolas' eyes had a strange habit of going from a light blue to a dark brown and then back again. Just in case you were wondering, this is not some mystical magical power of the Elves.
Orlando Bloom and the rest of the crew on the films occasionally forgot to have Bloom put in his colored contact lenses. But hey, look on the bright side. Those squealers at the movie theater who went ga-ga over Legolas got to experience a blue-eyed gaze and a brown-eyed gaze.
22 The Power Of Gorgeous Hair
Most might not agree with me that Legolas having immaculate hair even in the most harrowing, action-packed situations is an interesting fact about his body. But it is. It is nothing short of miraculous.
Rain could be pouring down, as it was during the Battle of Helm's Deep, and Legolas' hair could be as pristine as a Barbie doll's. I honestly don't know if this is something specific to Legolas or all the Elves of Middle-Earth. I'm inclined to believe that all Elves have such perfect hair. It seems like the kind of thing Elves have.
21 Only Better With Age
Legolas' age is never directly stated in either the books or the films. Most fans have guesstimated that Legolas could be as young as 700-years old or as old as 2,000-years old.
So even though he looks like a man in his early- to mid-twenties, he's got more years on him than your grandparents do. He is pretty spry for an old guy. Then again, Elves are immortal, so Legolas being 2,000-years old is the same thing as calling him a young whipper-snapper.
20 These Boots Were Made For Walking
Elves are light of feet. Legolas is no exception. They are also light on footwear. Do you remember those boots that Legolas wear in the films? Those are actually supposed to be light slippers.
Most Elves eschew such heavy footwear as boots in favor of something feather-light like them. These light shoes help Legolas step nimbly. It makes you wonder what an Elf's feet look like though. If light slippers are their only form of foot protection, Elves might have to deal with a lot of callouses.
19 Skilled With Both Arms
A little-known Tolkien fact is that Elves are ambidextrous. They can use both of their hands to do things like slice up some Orcs. There is some contention within The Lord of the Rings community as to whether this is as straightforward as it seems, since there do exist Elves who prefer one hand to another.
But Tolkien did make a point of mentioning this characteristic in his writings, which means that Legolas' dual blades are seriously meant to function ambidextrously.
18 Defying Gravity
The Hobbit film trilogy (which should not have been a trilogy at all) was a disappointment, especially when you compared it to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. One particular low point during The Hobbit was when Legolas displayed his amazing ability to defy gravity by climbing up a falling stone bridge.
That was not how gravity, stones, or bridges were supposed to work. But by all that is holy, that was how Legolas worked. He gave gravity the bird and then hopped his way up the stones.
17 What Do Your Elf Eyes See?
Out of the three companions who went to rescue Merry and Pippin from the Uruk-Hai, Legolas was the most skilled in the art of pursuit. Not only was he the fastest and the one who needed the least amount of sleep (i.e. none), he also had the best vision.
All Elves, including Legolas, have keen eyesight.
Legolas' gaze could pierce through miles of distance in order to observe their prey. His incredible vision also indirectly gave us one of the best movie quotes of all time: "They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!"
16 A Regular Prince
Within Legolas' veins runs some royal blood. We had no true notion of this while watching The Lord of the Rings, but The Hobbit films really cram down our throats that Legolas is the heir to the Wood-Elves' kingdom in Mirkwood.
Thranduil is the king of the Elves during this time, and Thranduil is Legolas' father. Putting two and two together means that eventually, Legolas will rule the Wood-Elves of Mirkwood. Well, only if he wants to, I suppose. He kind of went traipsing across Middle-Earth during The Lord of the Rings, which makes me think he has no interest in ruling a small principality.
15 An Olympic Sprinter
Legolas is a skilled athlete. (Is it just me, or are all Elves incredibly athletic and gorgeous?) The beginning of The Two Towers proves to us how strong and fast Legolas really is. Legolas, Gimli, and Aragron have been on the trail of a pack of Uruks for days. They have not really stopped for anything.
In general, all Elves can run at high speeds.
They also great levels of stamina. Watching Legolas and his friends run along made for some pretty great shots of them sprinting across mountain ranges.
14 When Elves Come Of Age
Elves may look similar to Men, but they age at different times. Elves hit coming of age around age 50. It is at this point where they stop growing in height, width, and length.
I can only imagine what it would be like for parents to have to continue raising their kids for 50 whole years. However, given that Elves are immortal, 50 years must seem like a very short time for them. No wonder Legolas looks so good for potentially being a 2,000-year old. Elves get all the luck.
13 Reverse Aging
Filming for The Lord of the Rings films occurred before filming for The Hobbit films. For those of you who don't know, the events of The Hobbit happen before the events of The Lord of the Rings. So it would be somewhat fair to say these movies were made out of order.
And since someone on high decided that Legolas needed to be included in The Hobbit even though his character doesn't appear there in the books, Legolas ends up looking like he got younger over time. If his appearance were to be taken into canon, one could say he aged incredibly well.
12 Armor? What Armor?
In the books, Legolas is described as one of the most lightly-clad members of the Fellowship. Where members like Gimli and Boromir came equipped with armor, Legolas has very plain clothes that do not serve a protective function.
However, as can be seen by how well he fights, Legolas doesn't really need armor if his enemies can't land a hit on him. Several fights occur during the books and movies where, even though he is in the thick of things, Legolas doesn't take a scratch.
11 The Hair Color Mystery
It may surprise you to learn that Legolas' real hair color is actually in doubt. In Tolkien's novels, the color of Legolas' hair is never outright stated.
For all we know, Legolas' hair could be a dark brown.
We are all so used to seeing it as a light blonde, it would come as a total shock to our systems if we saw it otherwise. Besides, Thranduil, Legolas' father, is described as having fair hair, so it makes sense for people to believe that Legolas would have the same shade as his father.
10 Not Your Average Tiny Elf
Before reading The Lord of the Rings, I always thought of elves as tiny creatures. You know, I thought they were like the kind of caricatures you always see drawn as Santa Claus' little helpers.
But then along came J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy epic, and now his Elves are the fantasy standard. Elves are actually very tall being. Tolkien's Elves are described as being, on average, six feet tall. If Legolas is an average Elf, that means he is around that height too.
9 Legolas' Life After Life
Elves are immortal, but they can perish from grave injuries or terrible grief. If an Elf lives long enough, their physical bodies do fade away, but this does not mean they have met their end.
Instead, this spirit-form of an Elf becomes an invisible Lingerer that can go where it chooses and observe the happenings of the world without taking part in them. If Legolas were to have lived long enough to lose his body, he would have become a Lingerer too.
8 Lighter Than Snow
The Fellowship tried to travel to Mordor by taking the pass of Caradhras. This large mountain proved to be too much for them. The inclement, snowy weather made crossing it extremely difficult. The only one who did not appear unduly antagonized by the severe snow was Legolas.
Legolas was light enough to walk on top of the deep snow as if he weighed no more than a feather. It was hilarious to see everyone else struggling to force their way through the snow while Legolas walked on top of it, totally chill.
7 Hearing Voices
Legolas has a better sense of hearing than the rest of his companions.
He can hear noises that barely register for the others.
When Saruman was casting a storm spell on the mountain of Carardhras, Legolas was the only one who could hear it aside from the wizard Gandalf. After the Fellowship left the Elven city of Lothlorien, Legolas was the only one who could hear the tramping of the pack of Uruk-Hai that was following them. Elves have heightened senses in general, I suppose.
6 One Of His People
Hardcore fans of The Lord of the Rings know that there are different kinds of Elves. Legolas' ancestors were originally Sindar, Grey-Elves, but as they were fleeing the problems of the West, they decided to settle with the Silvan, the Wood-Elves.
In fact, Legolas and his family clearly consider themselves more Wood-Elves than Grey-Elves based on their appearance and their customs. They adopted the practices of the people they chose to settle with.
5 Gifted Tongue
Legolas speaks more languages than most of the members of the Fellowship, perhaps excluding Gandalf and Aragorn. Legolas is skilled in speaking Silvan, which is the Elven language of the Wood-Elves of Mirkwood. (Legolas comes from there.)
Legolas also speaks Sindarin, which is the Elven language his forebears used to speak. Anyone who knows anything about The Lord of the Rings knows that the rules and structures of the different tongues of the universe were one of the most studied aspects Tolkien wrote for his epic.
4 An Oliphaunt Playground
One of the most difficult and gargantuan foes Legolas had to face was an oliphaunt with an entire battalion of enemies perched on its back. Legolas, a single Elf, was able to clamber onto the oliphaunt's back, shoot off a few bad guys, and then cut the robes that bound the perch from the oliphaunt's back.
He did this all by himself! I honestly feel that there is no way he should have been able to do this without some serious help. Otherwise, he might as well have taken on whole armies by himself too.
3 How Pointy Is Pointy
Another point of contention among the Lord of the Rings fan-base is whether or not Legolas' ears are too pointy. Many fans believe that the top tips of the Elves' ears in the films are far too pointed for what J.R.R. Tolkien intended.
In the books, the ears of the Elves are described as being only slightly more pointed than a Hobbit's ears. That means that for the most part, the Elves should have rounded ears without an exaggerated point to the top.
2 The Worst Flip In The History Of Flips
Legolas can break the laws of physics as if there's no tomorrow. The best (or maybe worst) example of this is when Legolas leaps onto a horse that Gimli is already riding. Wargs are attacking the people of Rohan as they flee to Helm's Deep. Legolas stands ahead to pick some of them off with his bow.
When Gimli rides up behind him, Legolas clasps the reins of the horse and flips himself onto the horse in the most oddly performed flip in the history of flips. To this day, I can't watch this scene without scratching my head in puzzlement.
1 Not A Beard!
It was thought that Elves were unable to grow facial hair. That has been proven incorrect. (I know, I was shocked too.) There is an Elf named Círdan who was written to have a beard.
As if to correct this oversight, it is stated that Elves can grow beards in their "third cycle of life," whatever that means. So for those of you who adored Legolas for his clean-shaven appearance, don't get used to it. I bet that at some point, Legolas would be one of those Elves who decided to grow one out.