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arrowpoint ([personal profile] arrowpoint) wrote2014-07-18 08:25 pm

Ryslig App

OOC INFORMATION
Name: Mark
Contact: PM or [plurk.com profile] marcuswolf828
Other Characters: N/A

CHARACTER INFORMATION
Character Name: Legolas
Age: Around 2100 (No official age in canon, age headcanon based upon canon evidence.)
Canon: Tolkien (Books & Films)
Canon Point: Sailing to Valinor (about 120 years after The Lord of the Rings)
Character Information:

His history can be found here at the lotr wiki

Personality:

There is an almost ethereal quality about Legolas that comes in part from being an Elf. He is graceful, agile, and a master of his own body. He is both filled with sorrow and joy at the same time, and can be a bit child-like in wonder as well as have a wisdom of someone who has lived for thousands of years.

However, though long lived, he is a bit unworldly, not having traveled much outside of Mirkwood. (His father, King Thranduil, tends to keep a tight hold on the people of Mirkwood, which might tell us why he hasn't left home much.) It is clear that before the events in the Lord of the Rings, he had not yet been to Lothlórien, or Imladris (Rivendell) before this time despite his ample time to have done so.

Interestingly, Legolas never refers to himself as a prince, and between characters it is very rarely mentioned. His everyday actions tell us that he doesn't usually consider himself particularly entitled - this may be in some part cultural, as Elves are immortal, and it is very possible that he'd never have to succeed his father.

That is not to say that he is in any way uncouth, or ignorant about the matters of being a King's son. He is also very loyal to his father, though not noticeably close with him. He has referred to his father as "My Elven-lord" when talking about his idea regarding moving part of their people to Ithilien.

On a related matter, Legolas is at least half Sindarin on his father's side of the family. Yet, he says things like "...to us of the Silvan folk" which shows he in some way identifies with the Silvan or Wood Elves - the majority of the people his father rules over. As he was likely raised entirely in the Greenwood/Mirkwood, this doesn't seem too odd.

Due to his age and overall Elven nature, Legolas sometimes feels a sense of superiority over those of other races. While he is generally respects other members of the fellowship, he considers them "children" whose hearts might be in the right place, but are in some ways immature. That is not to say that he doesn't think they have merit, in fact, he readily follows Aragorn as he leads the fellowship after Gandalf's death. He recognizes that Aragorn is more worldly, and an experienced tracker.

Ironically, sometimes Legolas himself can appear a bit like a child in his inquisitiveness, and lack of experience in the world outside of Mirkwood. This curiosity is especially peaked at historical or legendary sites. Sometimes as the Fellowship encounters such places, if it is safe to take a moment and stop, he asks to do so. For example upon reaching the river Gilrain, he stops to enjoy it and sing a song about the Elf Maiden Nimrodel to whom the river was an important place.

When it comes to Dwarves, due to long-standing troubles in the relations between Elves and Dwarves (Doubly so with Mirkwood Elves - Of which his father played a part,) He found them particularly distasteful before the events of the The War of the Ring, and even treated them unkindly.

However, over his time in the Fellowship he forms a particularly strong bond with Gimli, which shows his ability to learn and overcome prejudice. The friendship between Gimli and Legolas is considered to be "greater than any that has been between Elf and Dwarf."

Otherwise, Legolas is able to make friends easily, and keeps a light heart when things are going well. Considering how long Elves live, and how little time he spent with the Fellowship of the Ring, it's surprising that he became close to many of them. Also, Legolas also appears to have no problems with occasionally joking around or gently teasing his friends. He made fun Aragorn and Boromir when they had trouble walking through snow, and on one occasion he called Merry "Master Sluggard" for being lazy. His exchanges with Gimli are often humorous or lighthearted, including having a kill-count contest with Gimli on at least two occasions. He is also loyal to his friends, and was once ready to kill Eomer for threatening Gimli's life, despite being completely outnumbered by the Riders of Rohan.

Nature is something he takes joy in, and is able to draw strength from. He once comments; "Ah! the green smell! It is much better than sleep!" He is also often admiring trees, and was thrilled to see the mallorn-trees in Lothlórien. He was also awed by the age and atmosphere of Fangorn forest, and made plans to re-visit after the war was over. He also mentioned that Minas Tirith could use more gardens, and said he would help make the place green again.

Like most Elves, Legolas does not usually feel comfortable venturing deep underground. When Gimli mentions that Dwarves would pay gold for just a brief glance of the Glittering Caves, Legolas responds by saying "And I would give gold to be excused, and double to be let out, if I strayed in!"

One thing that makes Legolas stand out a little among other Elves we see in the series is his tendency to show emotion a touch more readily. When he is angered his reaction is quick, strong, and brief. He often has an expression of wonder when it comes to nature, and he smiles regularly with his friends.

Sadness and sorrow are things Legolas feels a bit deeper. When it comes to deaths of people close to him, or losses that follow a battle, the grief that he feels is almost painful. He, like most Elves, is a being of deep feeling, and his reverence for life would make the loss of it all the more difficult. After Gandalf's death, Legolas refused to translate the lament to him, saying that for him the grief was still too near; "A matter for tears and not yet for song."

Towards the end of the war, after hearing and seeing the gulls at the ports at Pelargir, Legolas' sea-longing began. This is an innate desire in all Elves to sail across the sea to Valinor/Aman. While Legolas would delay this trip for another 120 years until after Aragorn's death, this feeling of wistfulness began at this time. His experiences in the War of the Ring had likely contributed to this, as many Elves in history have felt called by the sea after traumatic events.

5-10 Key Character Traits:

➼ Loyal
➼ Curious
➼ Feels things deeply
➼ Connected to nature
➼ Wistful (Due to sea-longing)
➼ Feels superior (to mortals)
➼ Unworldly / Sheltered

Would you prefer a monster that FITS your character’s personality, CONFLICTS with it, or EITHER?: Fits
Opt-Outs: Wendigo, Nymph, Troll, Goblin, Arachne

Roleplay Sample:
Sample Log (Action) at [community profile] demeleier on 7/12/2014
Sample Log (Prose) at [community profile] demeleier on 4/1/2014

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