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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...
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Firima Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist
yay! not a blond Orlando-Bloom-Legolas! Great :D
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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.
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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!
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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?
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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.
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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:
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great pose! :)
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The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Hobbyist
I love this, It's really good well done!
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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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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Heh, yeah.. a whole generation has been spoiled by the movies. Always nice to hear the views of a true Tolkien fan! :) I also first read the book almost 20 years ago and I always pictured him with brown hair. Red does go well with his green raiment, though.. ;)

Thank you very much! :thanks:
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Elessarelendil Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Beautyful work! just amazing how you manage to recreate LOTR world so good! congratulations Namarië!
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
:) Thanks a lot!
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amegusa Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent bow ;) I like your style
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
Thanks! :)
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MedevalMaiden Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
I really like the perspective on this! I like his costume and it's cool how there's not really much of a movie influence here. :D Nice piece! :clap:
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AugustRain Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
definatly awsome! I love how you actually used your imagination for the character of Legolas instead of the movie version. Though i do not have any problems with Orlando Bloom... infact I am quite fond of him :D

I like how you took the liberty of making his hair brown... So many people ASSUME he has blonde hair though very few elves actually had blonde hair in Tolkiens books... in the movie it was rare to see any elf with brown hair... personally i always imagined Legolas as a dark redish brownish color... but thats just me!

Very Good!
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kaiorton Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting rendering....I always imagined and generalized that woodland elves were darker. I like your depiction very much. Nicely done.
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Thank you, my friend! :) Sorry for being so slow to reply.. i'm just buried under tons of work assignments right now and seem to have almost no time for dA. I know I have several of your works on my list waiting to be commented -- i will get to it eventually, promise!
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kaiorton Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no prob...I have been absent as well. We do things when we can right?
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Elenmire Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
I like the dinamycs pose, the hands are very well done.
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
Thank you! :)
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Senekha Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Ooo, you drew him with dark hair :D I don't think I've ever seen a pic of Legolas with dark hair yet - I think that giving him bnlonde hair in the movie was just an opinion, I can't remember either if he actually had blonde hair in the books :o It's been so long since I've read them...
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
:D Yeah.. this the way i've imagined him. And no, his hair colour is not given in the book (see this comment: [link]).
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Lorna36 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work! Quite true to my own vision of this famous Elf! As repeatedly in your work the detail is superb and the clothing design really wonderful. (Great hair too ;)) *Big applaud * :clap:
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
Thank you! Glad to hear you like it. :D
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Nifrodel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
I like your Legolas :aww: it's really nice to see something different than Orlando Bloom's face ;) :D
But he should have (according to Tolkien's description) light shoes something like sandals.
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
Thanks. :) Orlando wasn't bad as Legolas, but i'm really getting tired of people thinking of him as the definitive Legolas. My vision's always been a bit different, anyway.

True, you're right.. he was wearing light shoes. I wouldn't say sandals, though.. maybe more like moccasins. I wasn't really thinking of that so I just drew soft leather boots with stiff leather greaves. I suppose i could modify the shoe-part a bit. :nod:
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Nifrodel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006
Great, I would likte to see modificated version of picture :aww:
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Toradh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry, the bow is perfect! *loves bows*
The pose looks very good (I think such a pose is very difficult to draw...) and I like your clothing designs.
Good job again!
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
Thank you! :) Yes, i quite like the bow myself.. I was just thinking that maybe such a composite bow is more of a Noldorin design and the Nandorin Elves would have simpler shortbows, that's all.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't it told anywhere that the Elves of Mirkwood are a mish-mash anyways...? I mean, Sindarin king, woodelf people, got all mixed with Noldor and I don't know what with time anyways... So... I guess you shouldn't think about that too much *laughs*.
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
True, the Mirkwood Elves are a mix of Nandor and Avari with some Sindar (and possibly Laiquendi) from Beleriand. In Lórien there were also some Noldor that survived the sack of Eregion. But I see the bow design more as a cultural thing that has more to do with the location they lived in than their descent. Simple short and long bows for mainly hunting purposes would be probably more suited to the Mirkwood Elves, but i guess you're right and i'm just thinking too much into this.. :D
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DeeTay Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006  Student Writer
This is just as lovely as all your other works. :thumbsup: :) :nod:
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
Thanks a lot! :D
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Janny-and-Niniel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
i think I like your vision of legolas better than the movie one ^^;
i like the bow and his face, that give the picture a "battle look" usually not seen in archers ^^;
lovely! ^__^
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
:) Thank you! Yes, i wanted to make a dynamic and active archer pose, i'm glad if you think i succeeded. :D
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S1mbelmyne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
Well, I only read TLOTR after seeing the first movie, because I had never heard of it before, so I always thought of Legolas with long, blond hair. But I love the dark hair as well. I think you should have draw the other foot too.

But it's awsome. I could never do something like that :) *
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
Thank you. :) Well, I first read LotR 18 years ago and I've pictured Legolas with brown hair ever since then.. the movies couldn't really change that. The way I see it is that according to Tolkien blond Elves were rare.. only the Vanyar had golden hair and almost all Noldor were dark-haired, etc. He usually only mentioned an individual's hair colour if it was somehow out-of-ordinary, like gold, silver, red..

Hhmm.. the missing foot wasn't bothering me (i had to leave it out because i ran to the edge of the paper ;)) but you're not the first to mention it.. so let's see.. i might draw i yet. :)
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Ahrihliir Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
Y'know, I always saw him as having dark hair until the movies came out. I'm glad you drew him with dark hair!
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
Yeah.. I really don't know where they took that blond hair colour for him (and so many others) in the movie.. From what I understand from Tolkien's writings, only very few Elves had blond hair. In the movie it's everyone and their cousin's dog.. :shrug:
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
Wow... I have no idea what you were talking about with the knives there, but this is really awesome! I love it... Your shading is really good, and you have the ability to make things really well proportioned and symmetrical (eg. the bow) which I've never been too good at. Absolutely awesome, Mikko...
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
Thanks, Pikko! :D And I’m sure you weren’t really asking, but I’ll explain some weapon history anyway.. =P

The seax (or sax) was an early weapons used by the Germanic tribes and is associated with the Saxons (who apparently derived their name from it) in particular. They came in many different sizes and were basically knives, long daggers or short single-bladed swords that were also used as a tools.. Proper swords were much too expensive and the seax was a practical alternative; more affordable and easier to manufacture.

The blades came in many shapes.. especially the later ones have a lot of variety. But the blade was heavy, it had a think blunt side and one cutting edge. The early saxon designs always had straight blades with the straight bladeside being longer and the parallel blunt side shorter. The Franks’ variants often had slightly curved blade sides and the Scandinavian variants often had curved blunt side. The grip was short, sometimes curved and made of wood or antlers.

As far as I know it was in common use as a weapon in Northern Europe from appr. 3rd to 11th century. After that I think axes, swords and other fighting weapons had become more common for warfare and smaller knives for the other purposes. I feel this is a weapon type well-suited for the Wood Elves, and one that Tolkien was well familiar with.

Scramseax (or scramasax) could be translated as “food knife” referring to its multipurpose use as a tool, for hunting, eating, etc. as well as fighting. They were often worn in the front of the belt in horizontally aligned sheaths of folded leather – that’s what I meant with the sheath here not being typical.. The smaller knives were carried by pretty much everyone and they might have been some kind of symbol of status (as freeman).

The knife design here is also somewhat related to the traditional Finnish knife, puukko.. but then again, those are probably just evolved from Scandinavian scramseaxes anyway.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
O.O
You know all that off the top of your head?!
I'm sad, I should know this stuff... I'm such a failure as a Scandinavian... :cries:
Lessons with Mikko... I swear I learn more from you than I ever did in my history classes!
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
Haha.. well, that's good. Now, remeber to do your homework before the next lesson! ;)

I just know stuff that interests me.. and there's a lot of things i should know, but i don't. I guess this has really nothing to do with being Scandinavian (which, technically, I'm not.. since I'm Finnish, but anyway... ;)) so don't worry, Pikko.. you'll make a good Viking with little practise.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
:aww: Professor Mikko!
I know a little about stuff that interests me... But I'm so scatterbrained sometimes that I forget things or just don't bother to learn them at all^^;
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Thevarou Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
THANK YOU for not drawing Orlando Bloom! Legolas is his own person! ... well, elf :-)

Good job! This is how I imagined him.
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
:D LOL, you're welcome. I have nothing against Orlando, but my image of Legolas is definitely different. :)
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Thevarou Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
Certainly. It's nice to see someone be creative and support a different image of something already branded a certain way on people's minds.
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Snatchy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
legolas in a so poor outfit... tsk tsk... anyway this one is much better than the film version...
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