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COSTUME PORTFOLIO

Legolas (Book Version)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings fandom is a bit torn about whether or not Legolas' hair in the movies was appropriate. Some believe Tolkien's words implied Legolas had dark hair. Afterall, Frodo described Legolas saying his "head was dark, crowned with sharp white stars that glittered in the black pools of the sky behind" and the appendices of the Lord of the Rings specified this:
 

"They [the Quendi] were a race high and beautiful, the older Children of the world, and among them the Eldar were as kings, who are now gone: the People of the Great Journey, the People of the Stars. They were tall, fair of skin and grey-eyed, though their locks were dark, save in the golden house of Finarfin ..." Appendix F: Part II, "On Translation."



Now, Thranduil, Legolas' father IS described as having golden hair in The Hobbit: " at the head of a long line of feasters sat a woodland king with a crown of leaves upon his golden hair." 

And, of course, Christopher Tolkien in The Lost Tales contradicted the original appendix and clarified that those "words describing characters of face and hair were actually written of the Noldor only, and not of all the Eldar: indeed the Vanyar had golden hair, and it was from Finarfin's Vanyarin mother Indis that he, and Finrod Felagund and Galadriel his children, had their golden hair that marked them out among the princes of the Noldor" (Tolkein). 

Overall, the fandom can't make up their mind about Legolas. I'm on the side of Legolas having dark hair. So, I decided to create a costume that reflected. I took this opportunity to explore creating historical clothing and refining my ability to line garments. 

Completion Date: Spring, 2010.
Logged Time: 16 hrs