Legolas is an Elf who was part of the Fellowship of the Ring in the Third Age. He is the son of the Elf-king Thranduil
of Mirkwood, a Prince of the Woodland Realm (Mirkwood), a messenger, and a master bowman. With his keen eyesight,
sensitive hearing, and excellent bowmanship, Legolas is a valuable resource to the other eight of the Fellowship.
His age was never stated by Tolkien. Legolas became great friends with the dwarf Gimli, despite their long held differences,
who was also a member of the Fellowship.
Lord of the Rings
Legolas is portrayed by Orlando Bloom. In Peter Jackson's movie adaptation, Legolas's role stays much the same as it
does in the books, although the bond between Legolas and Gimli is greatly expanded. While Legolas's skill described in
the book is fantastic, the movie adaptations make it somewhat unrealistic, but still great movie moments. Legolas wields
a Rohirric sword at the Battle of Helm's Deep, presumably because his daggers would not be very effective from horseback.
He also carries two knives across his back, instead of a single knife in his belt.
Legolas never appeared in the book, but he reappeared in the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and
Back Again movies, where he has a significant role as the son of the Elven king Thranduil within their Mirkwood realm.