15 August 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 46: Legolas

Orlando Bloom as Legolas
S. ‘Green-leaf’ – Legolas, son of Thranduil, was a Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm (though he lived among the Silvan Elves).

The War of the Ring

Little is known about his history prior to the War of the Ring. In TA 3019, he attended the Council of Elrond in Rivendell, where he became one of the Champions of the Ring. During their journey, he struck up an unlikely, yet long-enduring, friendship with the Dwarf Gimli. 

When the Fellowship was broken in Amon Hen following the death of Boromir and capture of the hobbits Merry and Pippin, Legolas went with Aragorn and Gimli in search of their companions. The three came upon the resurrected Gandalf, who led them to Edoras. The companions fought together in the Battle of the Hornburg; after Isengard’s downfall, they found the two hobbits unharmed. 

Once they had left Rohan, the Elf, Man, and Dwarf traveled to the Paths of the Dead, where Aragorn made an alliance with the Shadow Host. With the help of the dead army, they captured a corsair ship headed for Minas Tirith. They again fought together in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and once more at the Gates of Mordor. 

After the War of the Ring

Following the War of the Ring, Legolas led a number of Elves of the Woodland Realm to Ithilien, which came to be the fairest of all the western lands. After King Elessar’s death in FO 120, Legolas gave in to the Sea’s calling, and with Gimli took to the Great Sea and sailed into the West. 


Fisher, M. (2008). Legolas. In Encyclopedia of Arda. Retrieved from http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/l/legolas.html

Foster, R. (2001). Legolas. In The complete guide to middle-earth: from the hobbit through the lord of the rings and beyond. New York: Del Rey.


  1. Hello!

    I've been following you on Twitter for a while and I've discovered your blog by the links you post...

    First, you have done an amazing job on here! I'm totally impressed by all your knowledge.
    But I was wondering if you knew how old was Legolas during the War of the Ring? I'm writing a fan fiction where he's involved and I searched everywhere to find his age but no one seems to agree on it...

    1. Hello, and thank you for the kind words!

      While Legolas' exact date of birth is unknown, he was likely several thousands of years old at the time of the War of the Ring. Some sources suggest he was born in TA 87, which would put him at around 2,931 years old. Unfortunately, little is recorded of his history prior to the War of the Ring, so it's hard to be certain.

  2. Well I guess I will do with this then!

    Thank you very much for your answer! :)

    Cheers from France. ;)

    1. My pleasure! I'm glad I could help a bit :)