This image started out as a little doodle of yet-another-Elven-helmet, but rapidly turned into a full-blown portrait of Legolas and Gimli atop the Deeping Wall.
I had imagined Legolas with an incredibly slim-fitting full armour, which he would wear all or pieces of, depending on circumstance (and yes, I know you can’t draw a bow with those ridiculous antennae on a helmet - they’re for decoration, and fully removeable).
I also toyed with the idea of making Elven armour rather more grim, as if it already contained the funereal aspect of risking eternal life for a land you will be leaving one day.
On the other hand, what I DO want to know is how all those unfortunate Elves, who were armoured from head to toe, died to a man (well, to an Elf…), whereas Legolas, with his wee leather shoulder guards, survived unscathed…
I’m browsing John Howe’s amazing gallery of concept art he did for the LotR movies, looking for inspiration for a new design/layout/something. Anyway, came across this sketch of Legolas and Gimli at Helm’s Deep, which is one of my favorite scenes in both the book and the movie. But the caption just takes the cake.
(via John Howe.com)