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Legolas Greenleaf, child-snatcher by hibbary Legolas Greenleaf, child-snatcher by hibbary
Painted while I was looking for a style I wanted to use on the FWA badges. (They're almost done but I'm afraid I can't show you until after the con :P ) This was just a doodle that I painted up super quickly.

I'm not certain that I like how domesticated elves have become. As with sparkling vampires, elves are losing their edge and have become magazine models who pose in front of beautiful vistas. Mythological elves, even good elves, were not people you'd want to fuck with. They'd dance you to death, steal your children, or send you the plague if you looked at them funny. The Mirkwood elves supposedly contain some of this eerie wildness but that was not at all present in the films. Orlando Bloom is such a doughy boy-scout. He had no teeth.

Elves are graceful by nature and I imagine that for the elves of wild places this grace takes the form of that which belongs to untamed animals, tiger-like and dangerous; the sort that can jump from languid tranquility to violent action in the blink of an eye. Legolas might not technically be a wood elf by birth but he inhabits Mirkwood and I'd like to think some of that prowling, slightly sinister nature has rubbed off on him.

Edit: I keep repeating myself over and over in the comments so I may as well post here. I've somehow given the impression that I don't like Tolkien elves or that I want to limit other people's creativity. Noooooo that is not how I feel at all. I love all incarnations of elves. If someone edited the films and replaced Orlando Bloom with someone more edgy, I would be very upset. I'm glad this version exists. I just want other versions to exist, too.

What bothers me about Tolkien elves, Dungeons and Dragons elves, PJ elves, is that they're SO pervasive, nobody moves beyond them. It even gets to the point that people start to attack anyone who tries to do something different. It's the trend that I dislike, not the representation itself. There have been a lot of pre-modern versions that deserve research. (Same with vampires, kappa, werewolves, whatever.) I WANT there to be good elves, bad elves, boy scout elves, etc. I made this image *because* it's different from what is becoming 'standard'. I am not a purist. I find mythology fundamentalists who's self-appointed mission is to tell other people that their creative interpretations are wrong to be ridiculously tedious.
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small-myth Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
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ToaTepsak Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Aaah I love thiiiis muuuuuch~
I've seen a few odd-and-end creepy!Legolas pictures and I love 'em!
MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LotrAddict Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Take Sam's Kid
TheAnonymousPen Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, I've never given much thought to elves (although, yes, I do love LOTR). Looking at your description, I think I've just discovered exactly why they've never held much interest for me.
Fortunately or unfortunately, reading your post has converted me :P
Your picture has so much expression, and I'll just repeat what you've probably heard a bunch of times before, but I absolutely love the eyes. They really are cat-like, and not in a "I'm so cute and fuzzy" sort of way.
Manwathiel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Photographer
I love this! It's such a great, refreshing interpretation. ^_^
YikYik Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I agree with all of the above! Elves should be mysterious. That's what they have lost most I feel with all the popularity they have at the moment. Elves are mysterious and secretive and like you say, kinda wild and dangerous. But also beautiful, graceful and kind (if they like). I like that smug looking smirk. :D
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   General Artist
I want to color a frame from your comic where Legolas sings the song from Little Mermaid. THE FUTURE!!
Can I do that?
hibbary Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sure! You can color any of them :F
byrnstar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Heh. Definitely has that ‘oh by the way, did you like the present I left you?’ smug look cats get. Said present being somehing bloody and dismembered across half the house.

I remember reading the Time Life Enchanted World books and Brian Froud’s Faeries in grade school. Seeing what’s become of elves in the modern media is just...disappointing, given the historical variety. :X
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