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Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel

Legolas art on the table

I had a sketch of Legolas that I'd started a decade ago (literally ) and it was fantastically awful. In that version he looked like a constipated horse in a particularly murky pond.
So yesterday while feeling a little delicate and in need of distraction, I indulged my curiosity to see if I could make anything of that horrible early version - and lo, I made this. And I like it.

If you want to see the transformation from constipated pond horse to woodland prince, check the next message for an animated gif of the journey.

Mixed media on 8.5x11" paper

June 19, 2016
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animated Legolas
Animated Legolas, dark and light

June 19, 2016
Legolas and Crebain, by The Bohemian Weasel
"Legolas, seeing the Crebain from Dunland."

Legolas and the cave troll
Legolas and the cave troll

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
Boromir has just died.

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
Boromir has died.

‘We came when we heard the horn, but too late it seems.’
‘Alas,’ said Legolas. ‘We should have been of more use here.’

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Legolas in Lorien
Legolas looks back at Frodo.  The Lorien wardens have said,
"You can go no further. You bring great evil with you."

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
Legolas in Rivendell, hearing the elves
 singing a lament for the death of Gandalf.

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
Legolas is too sorrowful to tell the Fellowship
what the Lorien elves are singing in their lament for Gandalf.
The grief is yet too near.

Legolas - The Grief Was Still too Near

"The Grief Was Still too Near"


Legolas in Lorien, during the lament for Gandalf.
May 24, 2018
Started last Autumn.

"Legolas would not interpret the songs for them, saying that he had not the skill,
and that for him the grief was still too near, a matter for tears and not yet for song.

Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien

A character sketch and first attempt of a book version of Legolas. (Pencils and gouache over acrylic, 21x29 cms)

Until now I've avoided doing Tolkien's better-known characters (book versions I mean)
because they've already been drawn so often and so well by such terrifyingly talented people.
And of course with the films, those versions of the characters have become predominant.
*However* just cos something's scary, doesn't mean it shouldn't be done, but (ugh) probably the opposite.

My Legolas isn't as blond as the films, nor dark-haired either (despite the line about his 'dark head' being silhouetted against stars near the end of FotR);
but rather I imagined a dark blond or even light brown, though I realise it's probably a different colour for every reader. :]

The idea for this actually came a few weeks ago after the loss of one of my dearest friends,
and possibly one of the nicest people I ever did / will know,
and who loved Tolkien's even more than I do.
The world is a bit of a bastard and it will take away the nice people,
so go hug a friend today; and consider yourselves all super squeezy-hugged as well.

(A print may be bought at Red Bubble to support the artist.)

Legolas and arrow, by The Bohemian Weasel
Legolas inspecting the fletching of a new arrow.

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel

Legolas - plains of Rohan
The Plains of Rohan
‘What business does an Elf, a Dwarf, and a Man have in the Riddermark?’

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
Legolas prays for Merry and Pippin
whom the Three Hunters believe to be dead.

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
Prayer for Merry and Pippin.
Orc brags to Legolas
‘Your friend took a little tumble..’
Orc brags to Legolas


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Haldir and Legolas at Helm's Deep (movie).
Haldir and Legolas with an army of elves at Helm's Deep. (movie only)

Legolas - "The way is shut"
‘The way is shut. It was made by those who were dead, and the dead keep it…’


Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
In the Paths of the Dead.
"I see shapes of men and of horses!"

Aragorn and Legolas flee Paths of the Dead, by The Bohemian Weasel
"Aragorn and Legolas fleeing the Paths of the Dead." (movie)

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
In Gondor, just off the ship
 and about to kill a lot of orcs,
at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

Legolas, by The Bohemian Weasel
At the Black Gate in Mordor,
at the battle of the Field of Cormallen.