I have always wondered how old Legolas was supposed to be Physically.
I know that he is Immortal, and that he is over 2000 Elf Years Old, but how many Human Years would he Be?
Elrond and Galadriel are even older, like over 10,000 years old, but they look like they're in their early to mid Forties, which means that Elves do Age, just extremely Slowly.
Orlando Bloom was 23 when he first started playing Legolas, so would Legolas be around the same age, in Looks?
A similar topic is Hobbit Aging, which says that a Hobbit 33 Years Old, would be the Equivalent of a Human of 18 years.
What are your Thoughts?2/05/2011 #1
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i'm just sayintg in the BOOK elron looks agles they dont look forties or what not thats was just bad casting. elves r emortle they dont age. .3/06/2011 #2
You're basing elven aging on movie casting, which isn't the same thing as the books.
Tolkien never told us how old Legolas was. Peter Jackson made up his age. Whether he's 2000 or 200 doesn't really matter. I personally think he's far younger than 2000. He doesn't ACT like the older elves in the books. Elves look ageless. Their age tends to be in the wisdom in their eyes. To me, that would mean elves age until somewhere between 25-30 and then stay looking that way. But other people may interpret 'ageless' differently.
Elrond is around 6000 during LOTR. He was born at the end of the First Age. But he wouldn't look any older than Legolas. Again, that was Peter Jackson's interpretation of the characters, NOT Tolkien's. Elves reach maturity and then stop aging. Elves didn't reach maturity until between 50-100. They aged the same as humans until age 3 then slowed down, enjoying a long childhood.
Tolkien didn't say a Hobbit of 33 was the same as a human of 18. ONly that Hobbits didn't come of age until 33. I think they recognized that people don't really mature until in their early 30s.5/22/2011 #3
If that's the cause then alot of them are like in their teens or something :)6/28/2011 #4
I've always had a thought that as they're immortal, elves just reach a stage where they just stop any outward aging but continue maturing mentally. So Legolas may be young among his people, but pretty ancient compared to, let's say Pippin or Merry. Anyway, I think he's physically mid-20ish. Are you pickin up what I'm puttin down?4/29/2012 #5
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