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During the [[War of the Ring]], the creature [[Gollum]] was captured by [[Aragorn]], and put under lock and key by the [[Elves of Mirkwood]]. Through their over-kindliness to him, however, Gollum managed an escape with the help of [[Sauron]]'s [[Orcs]]. Legolas was dispatched to [[Rivendell]] to bring this ill news to [[Elrond]] and [[Gandalf]].<ref name=Council>{{FR|Council}}</ref>
 
During the [[War of the Ring]], the creature [[Gollum]] was captured by [[Aragorn]], and put under lock and key by the [[Elves of Mirkwood]]. Through their over-kindliness to him, however, Gollum managed an escape with the help of [[Sauron]]'s [[Orcs]]. Legolas was dispatched to [[Rivendell]] to bring this ill news to [[Elrond]] and [[Gandalf]].<ref name=Council>{{FR|Council}}</ref>
  
Legolas was present at the [[Council of Elrond]] and related the news of Gollum's escape, being quick to add that it was not through lack of vigilance that he slipped their grasp, and gave detailed account of the whole affair to the Council.<ref name=Council/> He spoke little after his report, if at all, but later was chosen as the representative of the Elves in the [[Nine Walkers]] of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] to perform the [[Quest of the Ring]]. His capabilities would prove invaluable to the Company.  
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Legolas was present at the [[Council of Elrond]] and related the news of Gollum's escape, being quick to add that it was not through lack of vigilance that he slipped their grasp, and gave detailed account of the whole affair to the Council.<ref name=Council/> He spoke little after his report, if at all, but later was chosen as the representative of the Elves in the [[Nine Walkers]] of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] to perform the [[Quest of the Ring]]. His capabilities were welcomed.
 
===The Fellowship of the Ring===
 
===The Fellowship of the Ring===
For the early part of the quest, the nine companions walked single file, [[Gandalf]] leading, Legolas, with his keen eyes, providing the rearguard.  When the Company came to [[Hollin]], Legolas was very deeply moved: the wholesome air yet spoke of the Elves that dwelt there long ago, and his sharp ears heard the very stones crying out for grief at their departure and memory of their ways.
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For the early part of the quest they walked in single file, with Legolas often at the back due to his keen eyesight. Later, he was at the head of the company as they entered [[Eregion|Hollin]]. Though all in the Company could feel the wholesomeness of the country, only Legolas could hear the stones lament the lost presence of the [[Elves]], and his words were poignant.
  
[[File:Ted Nasmith - The Anger of the Mountain.jpg|thumb|[[Ted Nasmith]] - ''The Anger of the Mountain'']]As they ascended [[Caradhras]], Legolas in his light shoes could walk on top of the snow, whereas the others were forced to trudge and wade their way forward. But snow or no snow, nothing could dampen his buoyant Elven spirit, and he joked lightly with Gandalf even at the darkest moments. He scouted ahead and behind the company, dancing over the snow with great ease, and brought news that the storm was, as they had been fearing, put out to stop them by some Power greater than they. When this report arrived, Gandalf reluctantly decided to abandon the idea of crossing by the [[Redhorn Gate]]. Legolas stayed close by the [[Hobbits]] on the dangerous descent.<ref>{{FR|South}}</ref>
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[[File:Ted Nasmith - The Anger of the Mountain.jpg|thumb|[[Ted Nasmith]] - ''The Anger of the Mountain'']]As they ascended [[Caradhras]], Legolas could walk on top of the snow, whereas the others were forced to trudge. He also unsuccessfully attempted to light a fire. When they decided to retreat due to the snowy conditions, [[Boromir]] and Aragorn tried to push a path through the snow to get out, but Legolas danced lightly on top, passing them easily.<ref>{{FR|South}}</ref>
  
At the bottom of the mountain, the company took a vote as to whether or not to attempt passing through [[Moria]]. Legolas was silent until asked his opinion, and then said simply and seemingly reluctantly, "I do not wish to go to Moria." His loyalty and respectful deference to the decisions of the two leaders, Aragorn and Gandalf, extended even to following them through darkness and unknown horror; of all the Company, he was arguably the most loyal to leadership. When the voices of the [[Wargs]] were heard and the attack began, Legolas did perhaps more than anyone save Gandalf, shooting numerous Wargs and even collecting his spent arrows to fire again, retrieving them, like a responsible bowman, after the fight ended.<ref> {{FR|Journey}}</ref>
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Perhaps a bit grumpy with the irrepressibility of the elf, Boromir during the vote as to whether or not they should pass through [[Moria]], asked, “What do Legolas and the little folk say?” Legolas voted against the passage with Boromir, but was overruled, especially when [[Wargs|Warg]] voices were heard. During their defence against these beasts, Legolas did more than perhaps all the rest of the company except Gandalf, shooting numerous Wargs. After the fight, he retrieved all of his arrows except one.<ref> {{FR|Journey}}</ref>
  
 
The Fellowship reached the West Gate of Moria, and were halted by the doors fast shut. At last gaining entrance, the Company, following Gandalf's staff, began their march through Moria, a pit so profoundly dark that even Legolas' eyes could see nothing. He served his turn, like the others, in lookout duty through the night on the march. When they came to the [[Chamber of Mazarbul]] and were brought to battle by the Orcs, Legolas dispatched at least two before following the others out the east door, having to drag Gimli away from [[Balin]]'s tomb. When [[Durin's Bane]] made its frightful appearance, Legolas was the first to recognize it as a [[Balrog]], and it is the only recorded time he was ever truly afraid: a Balrog held far more terror for an Elf than for any other, for only they remembered where the Demons of Fire had come from and whom they had first served.<ref>{{FR|Bridge}}</ref>
 
The Fellowship reached the West Gate of Moria, and were halted by the doors fast shut. At last gaining entrance, the Company, following Gandalf's staff, began their march through Moria, a pit so profoundly dark that even Legolas' eyes could see nothing. He served his turn, like the others, in lookout duty through the night on the march. When they came to the [[Chamber of Mazarbul]] and were brought to battle by the Orcs, Legolas dispatched at least two before following the others out the east door, having to drag Gimli away from [[Balin]]'s tomb. When [[Durin's Bane]] made its frightful appearance, Legolas was the first to recognize it as a [[Balrog]], and it is the only recorded time he was ever truly afraid: a Balrog held far more terror for an Elf than for any other, for only they remembered where the Demons of Fire had come from and whom they had first served.<ref>{{FR|Bridge}}</ref>

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