The Prince of Mirkwood, the Son of Thranduil,
a member of the Fellowship of the Ring. Legolas Green Leaf. Throughout the events of the War of the Ring,
he would leave his mark in Middle-Earth’s story, facing his foes with immense bravery
and fortitude. What was his story, what happened to him after
the ring’s destruction, and what skills did he have? Hello friends, It’s Karl here, and in today’s
episode we’ll be exploring the history of Legolas Greenleaf. Now before we discuss this topic, I think
it’s worth pointing out that the Hobbit Movies made significant changes to Legolas’
character and history. In fact, Legolas and his mother are never
even mentioned in the Hobbit book. Considering this, I’d like to ask you to
keep in mind that the books are canon, while the movies aren’t, and so I’ll be sticking
to the information found in the books. So Legolas was the son of Thranduil, who was
the King of the Elves of Mirkwood. Now there are various types of Elves such
as Silvan Elves and Sindar Elves, though I’ll be discussing their differences in another
video. What I’d like to point out, is that the
Elves of Mirkwood were Silvan Elves also known as wood Elves, while Thranduil and his son
Legolas were Sindar Elves, and these were considered to be wiser. Now regarding Legolas’ mother we’re never
told who she was, what sort of Elf, and whether she was still alive. We don’t even know when Legolas was born,
though there are certain hints throughout the books that could give us a rough idea. For example, when Legolas entered the Forest
of Fangorn, he felt that the forest around him was so old that he almost felt young again,
and this forest had existed since the First Age. We also know that his father, Thranduil was
at least 2500 years old when he fought in the Battle of the Last Alliance at the end
of the Second Age, and according to Tolkien most Elves got married soon after their fiftieth
year, and they would have kids a few years later. Considering this, it’s possible that Legolas
was born in the Second Age, and he might have fought alongside his father and grandfather
in the Battle of the Last Alliance. Once again, I’d like to clarify that these
are my own thoughts based on the elven customs that Tolkien provided, and so they are inconclusive. However I think we can confidently say that
Legolas was an adult during the events of the Hobbit, considering they place only 60
years before the War of the Ring, and so it’s possible that he actually saw Thorin and Company,
and fought in the Battle of the Five Armies, though it’s also plausible that he stayed
at home in Mirkwood, to rule until his father returned. Anyway, now we can move onto established Lore. When the Council of Elrond was held in Rivendell,
Thranduil sent out his son Legolas to attend, and he bore with him a message from Mirkwood. For Gandalf had trusted the Elves of Mirkwood
to guard Gollum and prevent him from escaping their lands, though one night a band of Orcs
attacked his Elven Guards taking them by surprise and slaying them, and so Gollum managed to
escape. Legolas was then sent out to inform the council
of this news, and he was later chosen to represent the Elven Race in the Fellowship. He was armed with his bow from Mirkwood, his
quiver and a long white knife and in his skilled hands these were deadly weapons. When the Fellowship tried to cross the Mountain
of Caradhras, they faced a terrible storm, with snow 4 feet in depth. Aragorn and Boromir had to push through this
snow to create a path, while Legolas was able to nimbly run on top of it, and he was so
agile that he barely left a foot print. The storm barely troubled him, while the rest
of the Fellowship despaired and he would play a crucial role in their survival, for he ran
past Aragorn and Boromir and he saw that they had almost made it through all the thick snow,
which motivated them when they almost given up all hope. This would allow the Fellowship to escape
the Mountain of Caradhras, though its alternative would prove to be equally as dangerous, for
instead they would attempt to journey under it, through the Dark Halls of Moria, and Legolas
was reluctant to enter those Caverns. As they Fellowship debated on what path to
take, they were ambushed by a pack of Wargs, though this attack was shortlived, for the
Wargs fled when Legolas killed a great member of their pack. They would return later that night surrounding
the fellowship and the silence was broken by their howls and the sound of Battle. This attack was more formidable than the first,
and Legolas slew many of the Wargs, including a great Warg Chieftain, by firing an arrow
that plunged through its heart. As their chieftain fell to the ground the
Wargs fled once again, and the Fellowship made their way through the gates of Moria. In these ancient dwarven ruins they would
come across the Tomb of Balin, where they were attacked by orcs and Legolas had to drag
Gimli away from Balin’s Resting place as the Fellowship fled towards the Bridge of
Khazad-Dum. They were pursued by a group of orcs, and
as Legolas turned, preparing to fire an arrow, he saw something in the distance that caused
him to cry out in fear, for a Balrog of Morgoth was after them, and being an Elf, he recalled
how they were the deadliest foes of his people, save for Sauron himself. Though their situation looked dire, the Fellowship
managed to escape the Balrog thanks to Gandalf’s sacrifice and they made their way to Lothlorien. As they approached these Elven lands, Legolas
sang and told them stories about Lothlorien, and the Elves of Lothlorien heard his voice,
and they knew that he was one of their kindred, and so they let the Fellowship cross the river
unhindered. These Elves would trust Legolas more than
the rest of the Fellowship, and they chose to speak with him and Frodo first, while the
others waited below the trees. The Elves of Lothlorien would demand that
Gimli must wear a blindfold while travelling through their lands, and to avoid conflict
Aragorn decided that the entire fellowship would walk blindfolded, though Gimli said
that he would be happy if Legolas alone shared his blindness. This obviously angered Legolas, who was keen
to see the beauty of Lothlorien, and it wasn’t the first time that Gimli and Legolas seemed
to be on unfriendly terms, most likely due to the prejudices they had towards one another,
since their races often had a strained relationship and they viewed each other with contempt. And yet, oddly enough this would change after
the Fellowship met Galadriel, for Legolas would spend most of his time among the Elves
of Lothlorien and he would often bring Gimli with him as they explored the Forest together. This sudden change in attitude, confused the
rest of the Fellowship, for it seemed to come out of nowhere, though I have a theory for
this. When the Fellowship met Galadriel, she looked
at them in turn, and she spoke to them telepathically. I wonder if she might have spoken to Legolas
about his relationship with Gimli, how his heart was true, and how Legolas should give
his companion a chance, and push aside the bitter mistrust that lay between their two
races for so long. Through the time they spent together in Lothlorien,
Legolas and Gimli became close friends, and when it was time for them to continue their
journey, they would travel in the same boat together. Before the Fellowship left Lothlorien, Galadriel
gave each of them a gift, and Legolas was given a quiver of arrows and a bow of the
Galadhrim which was longer and stronger than his bow of Mirkwood, and it was strung with
a string of elf-hair. One night, as the Fellowship travelled down
the River Anduin, a dark shape appeared in the sky and sped towards the company, filling
them with fear, though Legolas stood up and fired an arrow from his new bow of Lothlorien,
and it brought this flying creature crashing to the ground. We’d later learn that this was a fellbeast,
and that a Nazgul was riding upon it. The Fellowship would soon have to decide,
whether they were going to Minas Tirith, or if they would travel to Mount Doom to destroy
the Ring. Though Legolas voted for Minas Tirith, he
said that he wouldn’t abandon Frodo if he chose to journey to Mordor. And yet, soon, he would have to do so, for
after the Fellowship was broken, Legolas would join Aragorn and Gimli to chase after the
Orcs that had kidnapped Merry and Pippin, and together they would be known as the three
hunters. Throughout their hunt Legolas would often
run ahead of his companions tirelessly, and even when they rested at night, he would stand
quietly, gazing in the Hobbits’ direction. This march left his companions exhausted and
only Legolas seemed unaffected, though according to Tolkien, Legolas would rest in an Elven
manner, as he was able to rest his mind in elvish dreams, while he ran open-eyed in the
waking world, and perhaps this allowed him to get sufficient rest. His other elven skills would also prove to
be beneficial, such as his eyesight, which allowed him to keep track of the company of
Orcs, and his vision was so accurate, that he able to count the exact number of Rohirrim
and describe their hair and weapons from over 19 miles away. These Riders of Rohan were led by Eomer, and
he would help the three hunters by providing them with horses, and Legolas told Gimli to
ride with him upon the same horse. He rode in typical Elven fashion, without
using a saddle or rein, and to change direction he only needed to speak to his horse. The Orc trail would lead the three hunters
to the Forest of Fangorn and this forest would leave its mark upon Legolas, for he was surrounded
by ancient Trees, and here, he almost felt young once again. In Fangorn Forest the three hunters would
be reunited with an old companion, Gandalf, who had returned as Gandalf the White and
he brought with him a message from Galadriel for Leglas. She warned Legolas to beware of the sea, for
if he had to hear hear the cry of the seagulls, his heart would never find rest in a forest
ever again. —
During the Battle of Helm’s Deep, Legolas and Gimli would compete, to see who could
kill more Orcs. At first Legolas had the advantage, for he
slew many orcs with his bow, though after running out of arrows he had to resort to
using his knife. His final tally would be 41, and Gimli would
win this competition by slaying 42 Orcs, beating Legolas’ score by a single kill. During the Battle, Gimli had to retreat into
the Glittering Caves and he was overwhelmed by their beauty, and later, he struck a deal
with Legolas, that if they both survived the War of the Ring, Legolas would travel with
him to the Glittering caves and he in return would join Legolas to visit Fangorn Forest. Following their victory at Helm’s Deep,
Theoden travelled to Isengard accompanied by Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. Here they were reunited with Merry and Pippin,
and when Gandalf approached Orthanc to confront Saruman, Legolas joined him to represent the
Elven race. While in Isengard, Legolas would come face
to face with Ents, and he would be left in wonder around these ancient beings. He complimented Treebeard on his Forest, and
he told him that he hoped to one day journey though Fangorn Forest with his friend, Gimli. Legolas would later join Aragorn and his companions
as they journeyed through the paths of the Dead, and out of the company he was the only
one who was free from fear, for he was not afraid of the spirits of the dead. He was able to see an army of Oathbreakers
following them and he said “’The Dead are following, ‘I see shapes of Men and of horses,
and pale banners like shreds of cloud, and spears like winter-thickets on a misty night. The Dead are following.” Aragorn would lead this company to Pelargir,
and with the oathbreakers help, they managed to defeat a mighty fleet of Corsair ships
and take control of their boats. It would be in Pelargir, where Galadriel prophecy
would come to pass, for when Legolas heard the sound of the seagulls, he stood motionless,
forgetting the battle that surrounded him for his heart was suddenly burdened by a strong
longing for the sea, to travel to the undying lands. And yet for now, he had to push these dreams
aside, and go on, and he followed Aragorn upon the Corsair ships, as they travelled
upriver to land close to the Pelennor Fields where they turned the tide of the Battle. Following this victory, the company rested
in Minas Tirith for a while, and Legolas said that the houses in the city lacked life, and
there was very little nature to be found. He stated that once Aragorn would be crowned
king, he would bring him some birds from Mirkwood and trees that do not die. Yet this would have to wait until Sauron was
defeated, and Legolas would follow Aragorn and his forces to the Black Gate, to distract
Sauron and his armies, and improve Frodo’s chance of making it to Mount Doom unhindered. As they journeyed towards the black gate,
the force of the West was filled with a feeling of dread, and Legolas was the only person
who could see its cause; For the Nazgul were flying above atop fellbeasts, out of the sight
of mortal eyes. Though the odds seemed to be stacked against
them, the Host of the West would emerge victorious, and after the Ring’s destruction, the fellowship
remained in Minas Tirith for a few days. Legolas would later travel with Gimli to the
Glittering caves where he was left speechless by their beauty, and to set the score, he
took Gimli with him to Fangorn Forest, before they travelled to their respective homes of
Mirkwood and Erebor. Yet Legoas would not remain in his home land
for long, and he soon led a group of Elves to live in the land of Ithilien in Gondor,
and over the years it became one of the most beautiful places in Middle-Earth. When Aragorn passed away, in the year 120
of the Fourth Age, Legolas would finally follow his heart’s desire, and he would build a
grey ship in Ithilien and sail it down the River Anduin to the sea. Yet he would not go alone, for Gimli travelled
with him and together they would reach the Undying Lands. According to Tolkien, the friendship that
Legolas shared with Gimli was greater than any friendship that had ever existed between
an Elf and a Dwarf, and that it is strange that a Dwarf would be willing to leave Middle-Earth
for something they love, or if even that he’d be permitted to travel to the undying lands… Yet Gimli was allowed to do so, because of
his friendship with Legolas and because Galadriel might have obtained permission for him. Throughout his journey, Legolas often wore
green and brown clothing, and he was able to sense and hear the feelings of the nature
that surrounded him. For example In Eregion, he could tell that
the trees and grass had forgotten the Elves that used to live there, though he could also
hear the stones mourn their passing. Similarly in Fangorn he could hear the voices
of the trees calling from a distance, and feel the watchfulness and anger of the trees
that surrounded him. Anyway friends, this wraps up today’s video
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  1. Hey guys I hope you enjoy this week’s video! Funnily enough, the hardest part of this video was researching how Legolas it meant to be pronounced (totally serious about this). As always feedback is appreciated and subtitles are available.

  2. Hello I have been doing some research on orcs and I've hit multiple dead ends. so as it turns out you are the man to ask. why are all the orcs so ugly were they born that way? or were they tortured and disfigured?? Also are the dwarves Immortals or just extremely long lived?

  3. Cool video, I learned alot about this character. I always thought that legolas and gimli's friendship was funny lol especially when he sees gimli's baby picture lol.

  4. hey i have a dumb question do you still play lotro if so what server are you on and did you create a kinship ?

  5. correct me if i am wrong, but i think mabe legolas has never seen a balrog prior to moria? the remaining balrogs hid themselves beneath the earth after the war of wrath. that was in the first age. I dont believe legolas existed during that time. or did he? 🙂 I think legolas knowledge of such great foe was passed down from the older members of his kin.

  6. In LOTRO, Thranduil is the king under the mountain. very depressing for him, making his hostility somehow understandable

  7. Hi @GeekZone What do you think about the idea of a new movie/book revolving around Legolas' younger years or maybe about his mothers return?

  8. Really cool to imagine Legolas fought in the Battle of the Last Alliance. I think its understandable he'd lay about as a pointy eared elvish princeling if he was just sixty, taking part in the battles justifying being in the Hobbit.

  9. Poor Orlando Bloom though, he had a cracked rib at the time of the two towers

    And Viggo broke his toes during the same film.

    Jeezus Peter, you gotta prevent our beautiful actors from being hurt

  10. 6:07–6:55 Meanwhile, in Peter Jackson moviedom, Legolas draws his bow and aims and arrow at the Lorien elves when they accost the Fellowship, mouth drawn, eyes hard, ready to loose an arrow into the heart of his fellow Elven brethren. Frigging Peter Jackson….

  11. When the Lord of the Rings movies were coming out I always thought it was funny that people would say that Legolas was overpowered. This was a good way to tell those that had read Tolkien and those who had not.
    Legolas wasn't that strong compared to the elves of Elrond's and Galadriel's generations 🙂

  12. Everyone in the fellowship was shook when he killed the flying beast with one shot. They couldn’t even identify it that’s how far.

  13. I thought Jackson did a great job of flushing out his character in the movies (not the hobbit) and just showing how badass the eleven warriors could be. It did go a little over the top by Return of the King

  14. exellent video…only thing i think different about is what happened in Lorien. I do not think that Galadriel talked to Legolas in that mather your describing …everyone was more or less given a choise if they could have what they wanted. I think what turned Legolas was Gimlis encounter with Galadriel and how she showed him understanding and compassion and this also opened up Gimli towards the elfs….no telepathic talk about "hey be nice to the dwarf" …thats to specific for my imagination.

  15. Hello love the videos! What is the computerized program you use to display things like Fangorn, Minas Tirith etc? I would very much like to see this

  16. Thranduil's father established the Woodland Realm in the early SA after the destruction of Belariand. So it's likely he was born just before the migration, or early SA, or mid SA. Take your pick. That would mean Legolas would have been born mid SA at the latest. Possibly early SA. Or maybe even just before or after the time of the Sindaran migration through Ost-gil-i-ath to the Greenwood.

  17. The way u described Legolas and Gimmlie’s friendship really makes me appreciate the movies so much more and I really like all the lore that cake after the war of the rings. How they traveled to the mines and the forest together, then later on they both sailed to the lands of the undying.

  18. "…he could sleep, if sleep it could be called by Men, resting his mind in the strange paths of Elvish dreams, even as he walked open-eyed in the light of this world." (Two Towers Chapter 2)

    Tolkien used words with care. In his essay 'On fairy-stories' he gives a definition of the word 'strange':

    "the strange (that is rare or remote facts)"

    Which is a pretty strange definition. He means, I think, things that are hard to bring to mind, or it takes a long time to do it — the feeling you have when a word is "on the tip of your tongue"

  19. Do you ever things about how Legolas and Gimli went on a honeymoon after the war of the ring? And then took him home to meet his dad??? Because I think about it everyday of my life

  20. I read the books and remember that when Galadriel spoke to the company she had great sympathy for Gimli the dwarf , knowing how grand the mines of Moria were and how sad he must feel. In the book he felt gratitude and love for her, becoming devoted.

  21. It does sound super unusual that a Dwarf would leave the safety (and treasures!) of the mountains to sail on a boat across the sea. He must've trusted Legolas wholeheartedly and seen him like family

  22. If they had just given the ring to Legolas and turned around when they got stuck on Caradhras he probably could have hopped and skipped over the mountain down the other side all the way to Mordor destroy the ring by himself then catch an eagle back to Rivendell to meet the fellowship no problem the only reason destroying the ring became difficult is because they had literally the most helpless creatures they could find doing it

  23. Thanks for this, my daughter is a huge fan of the Hobbit and LOTR. (She's fascinated by Legolas and is aspiring to have waist length, blonde hair. Already practicing archery.) Fantastic video!

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