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Legolas of Woodland Realm by aautio Legolas of Woodland Realm by aautio
Legolas of Woodland Realm

“Legolas turned and set an arrow to the string, though it was a long shot for his small bow. He drew, but his hand fell, and the arrow slipped to the ground. He gave a cry of dismay and fear.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings, Book 2

I’ve told before of how I work.. in a very unorganized way, like with everything that I do.. :roll: I usually have several ideas kicking around in my head and when I pick up the pencil and start sketching something new ones pop up.. so instead of starting one drawing at a time I often start half a dozen and then slowly finish those up one by one. That’s why I have such huge WIP lists too.

Well, this one was started simultaneously with the Beleg drawing, because my image of Beleg and of Legolas have always been very similar and I wanted to draw both in order to study their differences and make the way I see them clear to myself at least..

So, it’s a slip from the Silmarillion to the Lord of the Rings.. a simple drawing of the elf-warrior member of the Fellowship of the Ring. Drawn fairly quickly with a regular HB pencil, this is much sketchier than most of my recent drawings. There are not that many good quotes on Legolas in the book and not much about his appearance.. only that he was wearing green and brown. I chose the scene at Moria, because I wanted to draw him in a dynamic pose readying his bow. The bow could be simpler, I guess.. this one is a composite bow. His “long knife” I imagine as a simple scramseax-type blade that was as much a hunting knife as a fighting weapon.. the sheath is not the typical seax-type, though.
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Khaztima Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student General Artist
You know, sometimes I wish I was born earlier just so I could have read the books first and seen what I imagined them to look like before watching the movies... This is really good! But since I watched the movies first I can't imagine Legolas properly without blond hair in my head...
Firima Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist
yay! not a blond Orlando-Bloom-Legolas! Great :D
DJAntoni Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
I have the weird habit of mentally skipping some descriptions when I read them. For instance, I am never sure about the Middle Earth Geography. I always imagined Legolas blonde, with rather short hair, shorter than in your drawing. I am not sure how is he described though.
VanwaLullaby Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Amazing job!
But unless my eyes are tricking me, his ears are not the leaf shaped ears of elves!
Yu-Xiulong Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Is great!

I practice kendo and historical fencing and in my opinion the elven blades as Hadhafang or Legolas's knifes (in this case wakizashi's blades) are basically a katana's blades without guard and with a curved handle.

In your opinion (by the books, no by the height of Orlando Bloom). How tall are Legolas?
Graphart-1 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always imagined him 6-2 to 6-5, to resemble other elves, with a wider face than this but still thin. Awsome work.
Nilhuine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! I like how he looks more *ahem* manly than how some other people do it... Nice work! :thumbsup:
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great pose! :)
The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Hobbyist
I love this, It's really good well done!
Unreal-Abstract Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
Finally someone who doesn't think that Legolas HAS to have blonde hair. I read that book when I was 7, and in my mind, legolas is still readhead :p

Anyway, I adore your gallery! Every single bit of it! :D I gre up on Tolkien's books.

fav and a watch!
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