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Legolas was a Sindarin elf who was part of the Fellowship of the Ring in the Third Age. As he was the son of the Elvenking Thranduil of Mirkwood, Legolas was Prince of the Woodland Realm (Mirkwood), a messenger, and a master bowman. With his keen eyesight, sensitive hearing, and excellent bowmanship, Legolas was a valuable resource to the other members of the Fellowship. He was well-known for becoming friends and eventual lovers with the dwarf Gimli, despite their long-held differences.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

Legolas was the son of Thranduil, the King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood. His mother, Ellarien was the queen of that realm, but was taken captive and abused by the Orcs of Mount Gundabad. She had already suffered from a long illness beforehand as a result of the encroaching evil in the Greenwood, and this final abomination spent the last of her strength and died. Legolas's father, Thranduil blamed Legolas, because she was captured while protecting him.

War of the RingEdit

Legolas came to the Council of Elrond in Rivendell, the great meeting held by the Elf lord Elrond, as a messenger from his father to discuss the escape of Gollum. When the council was choosing the "Nine Walkers" to pit against the "Nine Riders," Legolas volunteered to represent the elves, and to become one of the members of the Fellowship that would set out to destroy the One Ring.

During their journey, Legolas would stay at the rear due to his keen eyes. On Caradhras, Legolas was able to run nimbly over the snow, leaving behind little imprint, whereas his companions struggled to plow through it. When Gandalf gave his counsel, Legolas voted against passing through Moria. In the morning, the Fellowship was waylaid by wargs and Legolas fought for their defense. After the battle, he picked up his arrows, save one which was damaged.

Gimli quarreled with him in Moria (which was not unexpected considering the ancient quarrel between Elves and Dwarves) - Legolas' father Thranduil had once imprisoned Gimli's father, Glóin. It was not until Gimli had sung of the ancient Kingdom of Khazad-dûm that his opinion slowly began to improve. He and Gimli became friends officially, however, when Gimli greeted the Elven queen, Galadriel, with gentle words. In Lorien, Legolas witnessed Gimli's grief over the news if his cousin Balin's death, and his heart was moved still further for him.

Before the Fellowship departed from Lorien, Legolas was given a new Galadhrim longbow. While the Fellowship was travelling over the River Anduin, he used his new bow to shoot down a nearby Nazgûl with one masterful shot in the dark.

To be continued...

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