Sunday, February 3, 2013

Legolas Greenleaf. Legolas is now on his way to a collector in Scandinavia. This is part of a collection (The Fellowship) painted very much in a impressionist style. Thank you Vesa.

Legolas Greenleaf

"Legolas Greenleaf long under the tree,
In joy thou hast lived, Beware the Sea!
If thou hearest the cry of the gull on the shore,
Thy heart shall then rest in the forest no more."

J.R.R Tolkien

When approaching Legolas the first place I looked for inspiration (outside of the books) was the Cherokee Native Americans. The typical life of these Eastern Woodland Indians involved hunting deer and other game animals in the forest; they fished and trapped in the rivers and lakes; and made their homes from what the forest provided them.

I have always 
imagined  wood Elves to be quite feral, fleeting and far less refined than their kin. Legolas has been purposely clad in an ever green cloak, matching the season, the holly braided into his hair reinforces this. I have also used mainly ochres and greens in his skin tones, as I wanted him to look like a deity of the forest.

Tolkien first describes Legolas as "a strange Elf, clad in green and brown".

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