The Lord of the Rings is one – if not the most popular high fantasy movie ever created. With the initial trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy already behind us, along with a new LOTR TV show coming out next year, there are many fan-favorite characters we just can’t get enough of. Legolas, the beloved Elf archer and a Fellowship of the Ring member, is one of those characters.
One thing that makes him so likable is his personality – and some phenomenal quotes that made us laugh, cry, or simply feel inspired. Without further ado, here’s the ultimate list of 20 best Legolas quotes and lines from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy and the subsequent The Hobbit movies (a prequel to Peter Jackson’s initial LOTR run).
Best Legolas Quotes from The Fellowship of the Ring
“And you have my bow.”
This line comes near the movie’s beginning, while the Fellowship of the Ring is assembled. As Frodo is chosen to carry the Ring to Mordor, many Fellowship members don’t support the idea.
However, Aragorn admires Frodo’s bravery and supports him, giving him his sword in protection. That’s when Legolas gives his bow and Gimli his ax. It’s an epic testament to their loyalty and bravery, which ultimately led them to victory.
Interestingly, this one line is the only line in the entire trilogy where Legolas speaks to Frodo.
“And heir to the throne of Gondor.” [referring to Aragorn]
One thing in the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy was never in question – Legolas is completely loyal to Aragorn, who he believes is the rightful king. As he speaks with Boromir, the son of Denethor, the current Ruling Steward of Gondor, he reveals to him who Aragorn is.
Boromir asks almost mockingly: “This is Isildur’s heir?” to which Legolas answers he’s not only that but also heir to the throne of Gondor. Sorry Boromir, but the king is back.
“Something draws near. I can feel it.”
If there’s anything that the rest of the team needs to learn, they should listen to Elves. Legolas’ can not only see incredibly far away but his other senses are very heightened as well.
He can feel danger coming or a presence coming closer. This is the first time he had expressed that, but there have been more instances where he showcases his “sixth sense.” For instance, in the Two Towers, he senses the white Wizard approaching, thinking it was Saruman, when it was, in fact, Gandalf the Grey, becoming Gandalf the White after battling a Balrog.
“The Ring must be destroyed!”
This quote is iconic in its way, as Legolas drives the point Lord Elrond was making before. Although it’s almost impossible to enter Mordor without being murdered, there is simply no other way to destroy Sauron other than destroying the One Ring.
As cool as this quote from Legolas was, though, it wasn’t nearly as iconic as the one that preceded it – when Boromir said, “One does not simply walk into Mordor.” It became an iconic pop-cultural reference and an inspiration for thousands of hilarious memes.
“I have not the heart to tell you. For me, the grief is still too near.”
Listening to this guy speak is like reading a new poem every time he opens his mouth. The movies and the books are exceptionally well-written. Every sentence gives you goosebumps.
This quote referred to Gandalf after falling in the dark fighting a Balrog.
Best Legolas Quotes from The Two Towers
“They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard!”
This might be the most iconic quote that Legolas has ever said in the movies. So much so, it had been remixed by fans into techno versions, parodies, memes, gifs, and much more.
He delivers the line as he, Gimli, and Aragorn chase a horde of Orcs holding Merry and Pippin as hostages, taking them to Isengard, to the evil wizard, Saruman.
“A red sun rises. Blood has been spilled this night.”
Legolas has lived for over 500 years at least, and he has seen it all. Also, his Elvish nature lets him see, hear, and comprehend things in nature that a common human being cannot.
When the banished riders of Rohan slaughtered a horde of Orcs (that were coincidentally carrying Merry and Pippin to Isengard), the Fellowship members chasing the horde – Legolas, Aragorn, and Gimli – saw a red sun rising at dawn. That’s when Legolas knew something had happened, delivering this quote way before they had ever seen the remains of the horde.
“Shall I describe it to you? Or Would you like me to find you a box?”
Ten thousand Orcs are marching towards Helm’s Deep, protected by some 300-ish people, most of which are too young, too old, or never carrying a sword before. Legolas and Gimli sand on top of the wall, but Gimli can’t see over it. He asks Legolas what was going on the field, to which the Elf answers with this hilarious quote.
Even Gimli couldn’t help but laugh at this one. The game of “who kills more Orcs?” begins from that point.
“I’m on seventeen!” [shoots two arrows] “Nineteen!”
The battle of Helm’s Deep is storming. However, Gimli and Legolas keep their spirits up, even while facing horrible odds. They play a game of kills – whoever kills more Orcs wins.
As the Orcs started climbing the Keep’s walls, Gimli brags to Legolas about already killing two of them. Well, Legolas quickly shots him down with his numbers, which only inspires the Dwarf to fight even harder.
“You would die before your stroke fell.”
This quote shows just how much Legolas cares about Gimli despite all of their friendly bickerings. As Eomer and his Rohan riders stumble upon the trio of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, he threatens to cut the Dwarf’s head off. Legolas is having none of it, as in a split second, he already has an arrow aimed directly at Eomer’s face.
Things settle down quickly, though. However, it’s amazing to see that even though Legolas knows it would be his end if he just killed the leader of 2000-ish riders surrounding them, he’d still try to protect his best buddy.
“This forest is old. Very old. Full of memories… and anger.”
Legolas have been alive for centuries, living as one with nature. He can feel it. Read it. Empathize with it. While searching for Merry and Pippin, the trio enters the Fangorn forest, where the trees speak. Legolas knows that and feels the anger the trees are feeling.
They are disturbed, killed, ravaged by the wars of Men, Orcs, and other nasty creatures. Many things happened there, and Legolas feels it underneath his skin.
Best Legolas Quotes from The Return of the King
“What about side by side with a friend?”
I’m a huge Lord of the Rings dork, and I probably take things too emotionally, but this quote always gives me the hardest chills and hits me right in the feels. The final battle for Middle Earth is starting. As usual, Gimli and Legolas are side by side, teasing each other as they always do. Gimli says, “Never thought I’d die fighting side by side with an Elf.”
Legolas’ response wasn’t snarky but rather heartfelt and appreciative this time. It’s the culmination of them setting aside their differences and showing what true friendship looks like once again.
“The way is shut. It was made by those who are dead, and the dead keep it. The way is shut.”
Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli approach the City of the Dead in the mountains. They come to a place with such horrifying energy that even their horses make a run for it. As they approach a gateway, Legolas reads the sign above it.
Still, they decide to go inside, which I would certainly not ever do, but hey, it proved to be the right move in the end as the undead army certified their victory in the Battle of Minas Tirith.
“One that is cursed. Long ago, the men of the mountain swore an oath to the last king of Gondor to come to his aid, to fight. But when the time came, when Gondor’s need was dire, they fled, vanishing into the darkness of the mountain. And so Isildur cursed them, never to rest until they had fulfilled their pledge. Who shall call them from the gray twilight, the forgotten people?”
Legolas refers to the army of traitors and cowards who are now undead in the Dimholt, a door under the mountain, a city of the dead. The entire thing just gives me chills, but Legolas is so epic at describing things in such a poetic way.
“I feel something. A slight tingle in my fingers. I think it’s affecting me.”
This was yet another competitive game between Gimli and Legolas. This time, the Dwarf wanted to prove he could easily outdrink an Elf, even though Elves are virtually unaffected by alcohol.
The drink pint after pint, and after each had over a dozen, Legolas says he feels like something might’ve started to touch him a bit. Gimli answers: “What did I say? He can’t hold his liquor.” before passing out on the floor. Legolas claims another victory over the dwarf, finishing with a “Game over.”
Best Legolas Quotes from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
“And who is this horrid creature? A goblin mutant?”
Okay, I probably laughed at this one way more than I should have. Legolas looks at pictures and talks to Gloin, the father of Gimli, with whom Legolas later teams up in the Fellowship of the Ring. He looks at a photo delivers the quote, to which Gloin answers that is, in fact, Gimli in the photo.
What’s even funnier, Legolas saw a picture of Gloin’s wife before that and asked Gloin who it was, thinking it was his brother. The Elves are awesome, but sometimes hysterically bland, it seems.
“Taller than some… but no less ugly.”
No love was lost between Elves and Dwarves, especially back in the old days. He asks Tauriel in Elvish, “Why does the Dwarf stare at you, Tauriel?”
She answers: “Who can say? He’s quite tall for a Dwarf, do you not think?” after which Legolas delivers the awesome quote. It’s funny how much disdain Legolas had with Drarves before, while later, he became best friends with a Dwarf.
“It is not our fight.”
This quote gives us an insight into how Legolas was before the Lord of the Rings. He was careful, disappointed, angry, and he meticulously picked his fights. However, he learned from his mistakes and grew into the Legolas we know and love, which is an awesome way to flesh out the character that didn’t quite speak much in the original trilogy.
Tauriel explains to him that, while evil may not still be at their doorstep, if they let it trump over others in battle, the evil will grow, expand, and eventually become “their fight” as well.
Best Legolas Quotes from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
“It’s what I fear may come.”
After the Smaug had been killed, Legolas knows what’s coming next. Everybody will be out to claim the Mountain and all the treasures within. As he speaks to Bard, Legolas says that others will look to the Mountain, not only for the wealth but for the strategic position it holds.
Bard asks him what it is that he knows coming, to which Legolas gives a legendary response: “Nothing for certain. It’s what I fear may come.”
“Yes, he is my King, but he does not command my heart.”
Rarely do we see Legolas break the chain of command and disobey his King’s commands. However, he would do anything for Tauriel – romantically or not – and he lets her know how he feels with this epic quote. I chose this one to be in the top 20 because it shows a more human side of our beloved Elf – something we hardly ever see in Legolas.