First Look at Legolas in ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’

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First Look at Legolas in The Hobbit First Look at Legolas in The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Though The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn’t hit theaters until next week, reviews are already starting to pop up – and they’re not exactly “glowing.” Some of the criticisms (48fps aside) have been that it’s overstuffed, overlong, and that it includes too many references to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings.

On a related note, the first image of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) from The Hobbit: There and Back Again – that is, the third film in the trilogy – has been released, along with an explanation from Jackson as to why the blond elf is appearing in the Hobbit movies when he did not appear in the source material.

Check it out below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

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The picture features Legolas (obviously) on the right, and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) on the left. So – just a couple of bowmen, hanging out, talking about bows and arrows and that kind of thing.

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit know that Bard will be a key player in the next two Hobbit films (The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again).  It’s still unclear how large Legolas’ role will be in the films, though it has been described as being “more than a cameo” – whatever that means.

Peter Jackson explained the reason behind including Legolas in the Hobbit film (films?), saying:

“He’s [elven king] Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in ‘The Hobbit,’ and because elves are immortal, it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm.”

Though too many unnecessary references to LOTR has been one of the complaints for An Unexpected Journey – the beginning, which apparently dragged for some people, features (SPOILER ALERT!) an introduction with Old Bilbo (Ian Holm) and Frodo Baggins (Elijah Woods) – there’s little doubt that many a fan of Jackson’s previous trilogy will be elated.

Phillipa Boyens, Peter Jackson’s go-to screenwriter, also talked a bit about the Bard’s character and how they’ve expanded his role for the adaptation.

“Bard is an interesting character, but [in the book] he’s kind of a random character who comes in after the fact. We take more time introducing him. We know from what follows that he was a father, so we [explore] that. I don’t think we take liberties, because it’s all there in the storytelling.”

Are you happy to see Legolas return in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy? Let us know in the comments.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th, 2012. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters December 13th, 2013. And finally, The Hobbit: There and Back Again hits theaters July 18th, 2014.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. so happy to see Legolas back in The Hobbit trilogy

  2. Im getting tired of complaints about how a movie deviates from the book. People, it’s an adaptation. And it’s not like it doesnt make sense at all. I love Legolas in the Hobbit 2 and I dont care if you didnt.

  3. Very pleased that he’s back, he adds more excitement. He’s my favorite character from the LOTR trilogy, why wouldn’t I want him back? Also, Peter Jackson’s theory on why he’s in the movie does seem to make some sense…however no one really knows how old Leggy is :P

  4. I don’t mind having Legolas in the Hobbit because it makes sense. I don’t like the way he’s been made to look younger, though. It looks unnatural and makes no sense at all. Elves are immortal and only 60 years have passed between The Hobbit and LOTR!!

  5. Extremely happy of Orlando Bloom back in The Hobbit films! He is an epic archer as Legolas and deserves to be in this film. :)He makes the movie seem more interesting as he fights with his enemies.

  6. My only issue with Legolas’ addition was that he looked… only word I can use is fat and bloated. Granted it’s a decade on in real time but come on guys…
    Also, what on earth did they do with his eyes..?!?

    • Fat old, not to mention that in real life Orlando Bloom is a disgusting guy who looks 20 years older than he is and likes much, much younger woman. He’s a horrible actor too. Accepting the hobbit was very embarrassing,cringe worthy to watch. Not that I watched the movie, just gifs, trailers, they killed so many animals I’ll boycott this movie forever. He was fat alright.

      • He looks almost identicle besides having human ears and non elf hair and non beautiful eyes

  7. Legolas is the only reason for me to watch that movie.

  8. Speaking as someone who had NEVER read or herd of LOTR before PJ’s ROTK movie I LOVE his adaptations. After seeing that 1st movie, I rushed out & brought the LOTR trilogy & devoured them. Loved the books, love his vision of middle earth on screen. I also have NEVER read the Hobbit (in all honesty, Elves are what caught my attention in LOTR & since the Hobbit is all but devoid of them, I had no interest in that book at all) & have no intention of reading it, I LOVE what PJ has done with the Hobbit movies so far. I loved Legolas in the LOTR & I love that he’s included in The Hobbit saga too (as with Tauriel). The 1st movie was good, but the 2nd was Fantastic, I cant wait to see what the 3rd is like :)

  9. I am getting tired of people complaining about the amount of LOTR references in the The Hobbit movies! If anyone bothered to read the first book in the LOTR trilogy, Legolas is from the Woodland realm! It makes perfect sense to have him in the Hobbit movies because he is an elf and from the very elven kingdom mentioned in the book even though he is not mentioned in the book! Stop complaining about it! Even in book form, the Hobbit is explaining and linking up the events in the LOTR books and movies! So let Bilbo tell his story!!! Peter Jackson is doing a wonderful job of telling Bilbo’s story and setting the audience up by making LOTR references. Once again, read the Appendixes at the end of The Return of the King. The references make perfect sense!!!

  10. I only watched LOTR because of Legolas as he is extremely good looking.

  11. I love the fact that Legolas is in the film it makes it seem much more interesting if the dwarves were taken to and there was no Tauriel or Legolas it just would not make sense.I am loving the movies so far and can’t wait for the third one to come out in December!!!!!

  12. Legolas is soooooooo cute he is my favorite

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