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Legolas aims for the Fell Beast by peet Legolas aims for the Fell Beast by peet
'Legolas laid down his paddle and took up the bow that he had brought from Lórien. Then he sprang ashore and climbed a few paces up the bank. Stringing the bow and fitting an arrow he turned, peering back over the River into the darkness. Across the water there were shrill cries, but nothing could be seen.
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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AnnabethLovegd Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I love your character depictions!
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very glad of this, thanks for commenting!
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AnnabethLovegd Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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ShinyUmbreon01 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much! :D I picture Legolas with brown hair in the books too. ^^
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ChristineMW Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
spectacular work, the "his head was dark" line always puzzeled me. I never was sure if they were talking about hair color or the shadows.
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DragonSanctuaryLord Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
lol legolas is epic.
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HatakeNobara Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010   Writer
This was always one of my favourite passages. :heart: Thank you for so beautifully illustrating it.
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DrakeAuge Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
I really liked this version of Legolas, and you did the details really well!:) Keep up the good work!
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Bexkex92 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing, I checked your LoTR illustrations, and they're so... Great. The Tolkien-ish atmosphere.. wow.
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
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Yu-Xiulong Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Is great!

How tall is Legolas in the books?
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funky-yazz-jaz Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
You style is great! i love the sky. water colour?
And the way you draw faces with the eye-cheek bone line standing out.
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SatanicFreedom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
That is fucking amazing. I love this painting!
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The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Hobbyist
that's a painting!?!?
brilliant stuff!
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UnicornPoki Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
I like your style.Very much. Great paintings!
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wanderingmage Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006
I love the illustration style of this, it reminds me of Alan Lee's work somewhat. :)
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
I think (and hope) I've already mentioned my considerable appreciation and admiration of your Tolkien works... this one just slays me, though, as I had a very very similar mental picture of this exact scene... never got beyond a pencil sketch in my case....
Wonderful bookverse emotion.
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2005
Ok.. this is probably my favourite of your gallery. The composition, the wonderful trees, the intricate details, the muted colour scheme..:wow: Your watercolour technique is so amazing.. the atmosphere (like in all your works) is stunning and the background with stars looks just incredible! How do you keep them white, if i may ask? i always manage to get the colour everywhere even when i try to keep the paper clean at some places..

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.. :roll:

But anyway, back to this painting.. I think it's fantastic and it will definitely get my :+fav: 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.. :+devwatch:

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.. :)
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aqullion Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
You are really good, and thank you for not making him blonde
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twilightseeker Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005
The colors are wonderfully rich and deep, which really expands upon the sense of the night here. The shadows are deliciously eyecatching. Very bold and full of a hidden energy. This is one of my favourite parts of the trilogy. Thanks for this.
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
And thank you for another lovely comment. This too is a favourite scene of mine -- one of those classically understated moments that Tolkien likes to delve into, full of meaning and beauty in itself, though not necessarily ‘important’ to the outcome of the story.
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Biggsy-J Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
ooh controversial... there has been a debate over the years as to what colour legolas' hair would be... withthe onset of the current films the blone theroy seems to be more popular but i have seen a few pictures with him sporting green hair... a nice picture... well done :)
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. Green hair?! Hmm, if I recall, I think I may have seen a Legolas too with green hair back on Elfwood a few years ago. Perhaps it's the same one :shrug:!
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.
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Biggsy-J Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
see for me... i oft thaught of legolas with more blondey brown hair... but the noldorians with ource black/dark brown hair... with even facial hair... the noldorian has always been my favorite,... as since a young age have loved the stories of Gil galad... so much so i had a friend of mine make me a standard for him... lovely picture by the way :)

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.
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, I'm not sure that elves could change their hair colour to blend in with the environment. Perhaps that's taking things a little too far ;)? I'd imagine wood-elves would be proficient enough to blend into the environment without the need for that -- it's said in 'The Silmarillion' that were you to walk from one end of Ossiriand to the other, you would be able to hear the Nandorin Green-elves singing, but you wouldn't be able to see them simply because they were masters of melting away into the landscape. I suppose it's similar with the Rangers of Ithilien in the Third Age, though I'd imagine they wouldn't be quite as adept at it.

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. Elw 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 Elw (as in the case of Crdan). 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!
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Lumysaara Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
i'm sorry,but wasn't legolas supposed to have white hair?or did they just come up with that in the movie?
actualy,does it say anything at all about his hair in the book,cause i don't realy remember...
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
The movie came up with the idea that he had 'white' hair. It isn't actually stated in the book, but Tolkien says in his other works related to Middle-earth that most elves are dark-haired, and blonde elves (or golden-haired ones) are extremely rare (particularly by the Third Age). Moreover, I definitely imagined Legolas to be dark-haired when I read the book.
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Yoko-Foxgirl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005   Writer
luv the colers this one looks great i add this one to favs also
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HeroesDaughter Featured By Owner May 25, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: :clap: Awesome!! I'm shocked on how beautifully it came out :nod:

It's so refreshing seen not-Orlando-Bloom- based-on Legolas...
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vuwenstar Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
ooh I like, well done on interpreting the character into your own way
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Hethien Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
Wow, the night sky in this is gorgeously done! The folds in his clothing are very realistic. Also, nice to see a brown haired Legolas for once ;) But my favourite thing here is the texture on the tree barks :3 Great job!
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Grisznak Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
Wow, finally someone draw Legolas different than this Bloom something...Good picture.
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peet Featured By Owner May 18, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Bloom never has and never will be the Legolas that I envisage :D.
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Aiwe Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely shading and beautiful colours... mmm, and he is oh so elvish! ;) I wish my skills with watercolour could be half as good as yours... :) Truly amazing!
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005   Digital Artist
I don't remember the scene, hah. But it went out great. Legolas looks here wise and - very important - is not a blond. :thumbsup:

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!
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bobrox15 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
Wow!!!
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musicfan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
oh man.. legolas is the best!
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SonoRussa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2004
beautiful!!
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HogoshaTenshi Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2004
ooh this is one of my fav legolas moments! and this is quite nice. you have an amazing style! he looks good lol :D
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amuletts Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
*amuletts starts crying* I'll never be as good as that! Sniffle.
Oh, sorry, didn't I mention that it's fab?
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
You did mention it at the end. =)

It just takes time and practice -- believe me!
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Shodan127 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2004   Traditional Artist
Interesting interpretation. Very nice use of colors, particularly in the setting of night, and nice composition with him standing with the roots going around him. His physical structure and the curve of the bow are off though, they could use some work. All in all nice job.
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. Archery is not my strongest point, but I'm glad to read that you appreciate the effort.
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ShAdEsOfGrAyRaIn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2004
wow...I *really* like it...You're awesome! I love LOTR and Legolas is my beloved....But anyway, you did a marvelously splendid job on this! ^_^

PS You're British, that is soooo wicked.....^_^
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Why's that such a good thing, though?
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ShAdEsOfGrAyRaIn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2004
You're welcome! Why is it such a good thing that you're British? I dunno....I'm enamoured with ENgland and Brits and all such things...But anyway...
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha! Okay then. But you wouldn't be enamoured with half the people that I walk past in the street daily! ;)
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ShAdEsOfGrAyRaIn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2004
lol well...perhaps not but still...I can't resist fine guys with British accents, mate....

;)
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I guess that could be someone like me then. ;)

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ShAdEsOfGrAyRaIn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004
Haha...I'm sure you are...

;)


Added you to my friends list/watch....hope u don't
mind! ^_^
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tathren Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2004
:clap: This was my favorite part in the first book! You did a beautiful job of capturing the scene, it's quite lovely!
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