[ID: Legolas, his brown hair in a long braid, leans over gimli, one arm over his shoulders, the other tangled in his dark beard. Gimli is looking up at him, and Legolas is looking down. Their noses are almost touching. End ID]
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So I heard the other day that hair can be made into diamonds, albeit small ones, but that made me think about the hairs Galadriel gave to Gimli, and how he might've made jewelry from them so he could keep them longer.
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Oh shit another blast from the past omg
How I feel about this character
I distinctly recall being teased by my sister's friends when I was about 11? for liking Legolas. Potentially the first time I registered another human being as attractive. That might just be how I feel about Orlando Bloom though. I haven't read the books in a very, very long time. I do think there's a lot there in terms of a character who is the son of royalty but has no aspirations toward the throne at all because it's not really possible for his dad to die.
All the people I ship romantically with this character
Gimli, natch. Also Kíli, because I wrote that endless Legolas/Kíli hobbit AU mostly born out of disappointment with the Hobbit films.
My non-romantic OTP for this character
Also Gimli, and basically the whole fellowship. Found family!!
My unpopular opinion about this character
I...don't think he's thaaaat dumb? I dunno I don't really have a lot of depth on this one. I know he got the rep as being the exposition guy in the movie, but I think that can be laid at Tolkien's feet for giving elves all the super senses and then only putting one elf in the fellowship. I also don't think Orlando Bloom did a bad job, I know he got a lot of flack for the role - I think Peter Jackson played very strongly into Gimli being comic relief in the later movies and Legolas' character suffered for that too because it took the weight and pathos out of a lot of their interactions.
One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
Well, I kinda wish the movies had shown him and Gimli sailing away together that would have been great. Otherwise idk. If I'm remembering the books right, Tolkien wasn't really into the interiority of his characters, it was mostly about the plot, and I'm all about the ~feelings~ so I don't really have anything much to say about LotR
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