Greetings and Welcome, my friends
or in Sindarin:
Suilad! Mae Govannen, mellyn nin"
Title(s): Prince of Mirkwood, Prince of the Woodland Realm
Year of Birth: TA 665
Race: Silvan Elf
Parents: Thranduil, the Elvenking (see portrait below), and Anáire, Elvenqueen *deceased*
Biography of Prince Legolas
Legolas the son of King Thranduil of Mirkwood and Queen Anáire. He is also called the Prince of the Woodland Realm; which the realm itself is in the northeast of Mirkwood. Legolas was descended from the Sindar, but counted himself one of the Silvan people. Legolas is also a master bowman and messenger; which he will be when he goes to the Council of Elrond. As an Elf, Legolas has keen eyesight, sensitive hearing, and quite excellent bowmanship. His skills will be useful when he joins the other eight of the Fellowship on a journey to destroy the One Ring during the War of the Ring.
Legolas' Character and Personality
Although he lived among them and in their culture, Legolas was not one of the Silvan Elves. As a son of the Elven-king Thranduil, who had originally come from Doriath, Legolas was actually a Sindarin Elf. This is complicated by the fact that a small minority of Sindarin Elves ruled the predominantly Silvan Woodland Realm of Northern Mirkwood, a minority to which Legolas belonged. The Sindarin minority in that realm, who should have been more nobler and wiser than the Silvan Elves, can be seen as having "gone native" at the end of the First Age: after Morgoth was defeated and all of the grand Elf-kingdoms of Beleriand were destroyed, they can be seen as going back to "a simpler time" in their culture.
Like all elves, Legolas has a great respect and appreciation for nature. While in Fangorn Forest he longed to return once more in order to explore its wonders more thoroughly. He is kind, and cares greatly for his friends, even Gimli the Dwarf, which was a rarity for Elves and Dwarves to express a liking for one another. Due to his age however, he is somewhat egotistical and thinks of those around him, adults in technicality, as children (all except for Gandalf).
Weapons of Choice
Legolas carries two weapons with him when he begins on his journey with the Fellowship. He sports a slender bow of Mirkwood which he aims with deadly precision. He prefers to pierce his enemies from afar, but he also carries "at his belt a long white knife" (The Fellowship of the Ring, p314). In Lothlorien he was given a bow of the Galadhrim, stouter than those of the fashion of Mirkwood. Nevertheless he adopts his new bow and makes deadly use of it in the remainder of the War of the Ring. This bow had a draw weight of about 150 pounds. It could reputedly send an arrow with deadly force for over 400 yards. The bow was over six feet tall, and was made from a single piece of Mallorn heartwood. Its string had a single strand of Galadriel's hair entwined with it to help speed the arrow along even faster. Legolas' skill with the bow is revered, even as good as that of Beleg C�thalion.
Legolas first meetings with Lady Elvina Herewood is when he came with his father, King Thranduil of Mirkwood to meet with Lord Elrond. This was the first meeting between the two Elflings. Lady Elvina Herewood, only daughter of four children of Captain Aneurin Herewood and Lady Belva. Little did either of them knew that they were related through their mothers but also it here that Legolas slowly develops deep feelings for Elvina.
Years later, Legolas meets Elvina now Captain of the Rivendel Guards and also adopted daughter of Lord Elrond, but this was at the Council that was called upon to discuss about the potential war (War of the Prophecy) against the darkness from the east and with the war over in the winter of 3001 TA. Elvina lost her betrothed Glorfindel in death and gone to Undying Lands. Many months have past, Elvina and Legolas began to grow closer beyond friendship.
Little did both know that Glorfindel has come back to Middle Earth, for the darkness and shadow is stirring in the East once more.
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