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" Legolas in Mirkwood "

24" x 30" oil on panel
© 2009 Donato Giancola
private collection


Although Legolas is one of the main characters in The Lord of the Rings, not much is said about his description. There is inevitable controversy whenever anyone takes a stab at his likeness. However, I like to think of Tolkien's lack of specificity in his descriptions as a gift to artists, and possibly the reason his books continue to be such a rich source of inspiration for us. Since Legolas is a Mirkwood Elf, I gave him coloring that would blend in with the forest's woodsy atmosphere, becoming one with the environment. The Autumn setting is a nostalgic nod to my childhood in Vermont.