Frodo looked up at the Elf standing tall above him, as he gazed into the night, seeking a mark to shoot at. His head was dark, crowned with sharp white stars that glittered in the black pools of the sky behind.'
JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book II, Chapter 9: The Great River
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This is so different from the movie Legolas, not just the hair, but the aura, I don't know how to say it, but it's positive He is much more like the Legolas described in the books, still don't know why...
You're a great artist, did you know? While some, like me, call they're sketch-like drawings "art", this truly is...
Love this, really
How tall is Legolas in the books?
And the way you draw faces with the eye-cheek bone line standing out.
Wonderful bookverse emotion.
And Legolas himself.. his pose is great, just drawing back the bow, raising it to aim. His clothes and equipment are beautiful and i like his face, that determined look in his eyes. And the best part is his hair! I mean, i think the movie Legolas was fine, but MY image of him has, has always had, and always will have brown hair! Too bad we who see him this way seem to have become a minority after the release of the movies.. well, no matter -- we know what's right! And Legolas is not the only character whose hair colour they messed up..
But anyway, back to this painting.. I think it's fantastic and it will definitely get my I feel like faving half of your gallery, but let's be reasonable, shall we.. It is really a pleasure to find such awesome illustrators here.. i've been inspired to do Tolkien illustrations again lately after a long break of many years and it's wonderful to find the works of others and see how they have interpreted these beloved scenes. i will definitely be watching you from now on..
And sorry for spamming you with so many comments.. i just couldn't help it when i found such an amazing gallery full of Tolkien illustrations..
Anyway, yes. The age-old Legolas' hair colour debate. For myself I can only say that I always envisaged it this way, and since most elves are regarded as being dark-haired (when it comes to Noldor and Sindar/Teleri), I would think the Prince of Mirkwood would be so as well. Only the Vanyar as a race are explicitely said to be golden-haired, of course. To each their own though.
see i think the green hair would be quite pheaale.. unless it was some sort of lime green... as i supose living in the woods a dark green would help one blend in more witht he surroundings... since the elves where suposed to be able to talk withthe trees it could also be thaught that to become invisible withthe surroundings... with having moss green hair they could conceal themselves within trees quite easily.
Actually, the Sindar (Legolas is said to be part Sindar, part Silvan) are said to be hardly distinguishable from the Noldor, including when it comes to hair-colour:
Direct quotation from The War of Jewels - History of Middle-earth (vol XI) by JRRT (edited by Ch. Tolkien):
On the origin of this name The Loremasters also supposed that reference was made to the hair of the Sindar. Elwë himself had indeed long and beautiful hair of silver hue, but this does not seem to have been a common feature of the Sindar, though it was found among them occasionally, especially in the nearer or remoter kin of Elwë (as in the case of Círdan). In general the Sindar appear to have very closely resembled the Exiles (the Noldorin exiles who returned to Middle-earth) being dark-haired, strong and tall, but lithe. Indeed they could hardly be told apart except by their eyes; for the eyes of all the Elves that had dwelt in Aman impressed those of Middle-earth by their piercing brightness. For which reason the Sindar often called them Lachend, pl. Lechind 'flame-eyed'.'
HoME XI: Quendi and Eldar: p. 384
I've seen the Gil-galad banner on your desktop picture is it? Or the webcam. Anyway, it looks really cool, nice one!
actualy,does it say anything at all about his hair in the book,cause i don't realy remember...
It's so refreshing seen not-Orlando-Bloom- based-on Legolas...
Who sad that he was blond!? He might have been, but it's quite rare hair colour among Eldar, even Sindar. So I like this vision better.
I wonder if I woluld be able to cut myself out of the movie image sticking to my mind and draw him dark haired... If I was going too. I'm not at the moment
Can't remember what was my image of him when I red the book a few years ago...
His sad eyes are longing... Or perhaps he is just aiming, nothing more
Really beautiful capture!
Oh, sorry, didn't I mention that it's fab?
PS You're British, that is soooo wicked.....^_^