Legolas from The Lord of the Rings is definitely one of the most popular elven characters of all time. Many fans loved this character, and he is one of the main reasons why fantasy elves have become so much more popular in the past decade or so.
Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom, might be done in Middle-Earth movies, but he will always have a big place in pop culture. While the Lord of the Rings franchise continues on, the original stories will always be popular with many devoted fans. Here are the ten best Legolas quotes from The Lord of the Rings.
10 “HE STANDS NOT ALONE. YOU WOULD DIE BEFORE YOUR STROKE FELL.”
One of the most rewarding and enduring friendships in The Lord of the Rings is between Legolas and Gimli. This friendship is actually a big deal because it’s a symbolic friendship that speaks to healing the rift between elves and dwarves.
Legolas and Gimli both begin with prejudice against one another, but they grow to be great friends. Legolas shows his loyalty here when he defends Gimli against Eomer’s threat. Clearly, Legolas has Gimli’s back.
9 “AND YOU HAVE MY BOW.”
While Legolas might not be the main character of the series, he is the only elf in the Fellowship of the Ring. His position as the only elf is meant to be symbolic as a member of one of all of the good races in Middle-Earth helping to destroy the ring.
So, when Legolas volunteers to join up with the Fellowship, it shows that he is a capable warrior as well as a caring person. He also clearly wants to support Aragorn, who is one of his good friends.
8 “THEY’RE TAKING THE HOBBITS TO ISENGARD.”
This might be one of the most well-known Legolas quotes from the series because it was made into a hilarious Youtube video. While this video might be years old at this point, it’s still pretty memorable.
Because of its position in pop culture, this quote had to be on the list. Plus, it’s also an example of Legolas using his skills as an elf to track the Uruk Hai as Legolas, Aragorn, and Gimli try to rescue Merry and Pippin.
7 “A RED SUN RISES. BLOOD HAS BEEN SPILLED THIS NIGHT.”
As an elf, Legolas has a different connection to nature and a different way of viewing the world than the other races do. He has a lot of insight and is able to read signs and nature in ways that humans and dwarves can’t.
So, when he says this line while Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas are trekking to find Merry and Pippin, it’s clear that he sensed something serious and dark has occurred. This kind of elvish quote is what made many fans love the character and made him stick out.
6 “THIS FOREST IS OLD. VERY OLD. FULL OF MEMORIES…AND ANGER.”
This is another example of Legolas using his connection with nature and his understanding as an elf. He has lived for thousands of years, so his understanding of how the world works and the nature of living things is much deeper and more vast than many others in the party.
With this quote, he speaks to the fact that, in Middle-Earth, most living things have some sort of connection to one another and that they can feel things. He also refers to the Ents with this quote.
5 “YOUR FRIENDS ARE WITH YOU, ARAGORN.”
One of the defining relationships Legolas has in the films and the books is his friendship with Aragorn. These two actually have a rather long history as friends before the Council of the Ring begins. So, his friendship and loyalty to Aragorn are very strong.
He shows his loyalty to Aragorn many times throughout the series. One example is when Legolas says this line. It’s clear that the bonds of friendship are strong in this series, and this is one of the main themes.
4 “A PLAGUE UPON THE STIFF NECKS OF DWARVES.”
This is actually a quote from the books that doesn’t appear in the movies. This is something that Legolas says early on during the Fellowship, and it’s one of the first things he says about Gimli.
This might be how their relationship starts off, but these two grow to be close friends. Seeing these two become friends is definitely rewarding.
3 “WHAT ABOUT [DYING] SIDE BY SIDE WITH A FRIEND?”
This is another example of the strength of the relationship between Gimli and Legolas. When Gimli tells Legolas that he never imagined he would meet his end fighting next to an elf, Legolas returns with this question and a smile on his face.
The friendship between these two is one that is quite hilarious and jovial in the movies, and fans definitely loved this line.
2 “SHALL I DESCRIBE IT TO YOU? OR WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO FIND YOU A BOX?”
This line is one of Legolas’s funnier lines. He says this to Gimli just before the Battle of Helm’s Deep.
When Gimli complains about not being able to see over the wall at the oncoming battle, Legolas is happy to help him out. After all, he clearly doesn’t want his friend to be unsure of what is going on or unable to defend himself.
1 “THIS IS NO MERE RANGER. HE IS ARAGORN, SON OF ARATHORN. YOU OWE HIM YOUR ALLEGIANCE.”
The last quote on this list is said by Legolas during The Fellowship of the Ring. He says this quote quite passionately during the Council of Elrond when Boromir questions Aragorn.
It’s clear that Legolas won’t stand for his friends being disrespected, and he is rather enraged and annoyed at Boromir’s attitude.
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