The picture of good elf.
Despite not appearing in Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s decision to include Legolas in his story raised some eyebrows. However, most criticism was muted when it was swiftly remembered that Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy remains one of the best adaptations of a novel in film history.
Orlando Bloom has been speaking to Collider.com about his thoughts on returning to one of the great epics of cinema. He began by talking about the moment he was asked to return to Middle Earth:
“It was sheer joy. It was also a little bit of, ‘Oh, my word.’ This is ten years later, I’m ten years older and how’s this all going to work? I quite literally was like, ‘Can I just try on my old costume just for posterity of it all?’ It was amazing that Pete was back at the helm of this movie, and it was amazing that I got a call to say we would love you to be a part of the film.”
Bloom then expounded on how the film would give context to Legolas’ character and motivations:
“Essentially the Woodland Realm Elves, which is where Legolas is from, and my father being Thranduil, the king of those Elves, are a particular type of Elf as described by Tolkien to be… I’m not going to quote him correctly, but they are different from the Lothlorien and the Rivendell elves. They’re more militant if you like.
“Legolas in Lord Of The Rings was sent as a bridge from his people into the world of dwarves and humans and wizards and everything else. This is an introduction into the Woodland Realm Elves. Obviously we meet my father, Thranduil, who is a very powerful and strong character who is very particular in his vision of who the Elves are, who the Woodland Elves are, specifically…there was an opportunity to create a father-son, a prince versus king dynamic that would be interesting and serve the story.”
And on changing aspects of the novel, Bloom assuaged fans, reminding them that with Peter Jackson at the helm, they are in the safest of hands.
“There’s a big love for these books and these films and these stories. I think in the hands of [director] Peter [Jackson],the fans, I would hope, would feel rest assured that he will deliver a movie that will both entertain and enjoy and will be in keeping with Tolkien’s vision of the stories. They never stray at all from Tolkien’s vision of what the world is, and for me it was exciting to think of returning to Middle Earth and to be a part of something. This is Pete in his element, doing what he does best. So it was just very exciting.”
The official synopsis for The Hobbit sequel reads thus:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released on 13th December.