The physical form of Legolas is his emblem. Legolas is tall and straight. .. Legolas has tunic of green, cape of grey and has fair hair. The step of the elf is light. Legolas is a walking spiritual spectrum:
Green tunic: shows the elfís connection with the earth. Green is the colour of spiritís connection with nature. Legolas is not merely connected to nature but is deeply interwoven with it.
Grey cloak: Legolas is partly of the grey in the spiritual spectrum of middle earth. Grey is between black (hatred of nature), and white (spiritual life behind nature) and is for spiritís love of the life on earth. The grey cape enfolds the green tunic. Through these colours Legolas shows he is earthbound. There is no darkness in Legolas. The depth of the eyes comes from a deep blue not black. Legolas casts no shadow as he walks.
Fair hair: shows that Legolas is connected also to the pure light of spirit. There is much spiritual light in the hair of an elf. To some it can be a prize, an heirloom.
~changing light body
The colours that predominate in the elf vary according to the environment and circumstances. The hue of the elf changes because he is so closely aligned to nature. It is like an animal seeming to have a different coat depending on itís state or environment. In battle the green and grey dominate. Warriorship is his earthly calling. Legolas blends in with the background. In Lothlorien however the elf seems to shine with an etheric light. Set against the blues and yellows of the elf kingdom Legolas radiates a whiteish spiritual light. He is free to express this aspect of himself. The eyes of the elf seem deeper blue here.
Legolas is aligned to nature so he changes as nature does. As an animalís coat changes so does the outer feel of this elf. Legolas has a Ďsecond skiní or light body. It changes tone. This happens unselfconsciously as in an animal. This makes Legolas outwardly honest. We can read his state by the tone of his light body. He is on the surface, up front. During the day we see light fall on Legolas. By night we realise that he is also a source of light. It is the nature of the elf to radiate light.
The second name of Legolas is Greenleaf. The colour of the leaf is different depending on the time of year, time of day or itís circumstances and background. Being in battle is a kind of Autumn for Legolas. In battle the elf tones down, the radiation of blues and whites gives way to muted greys browns and yellows. Out of battle in his own land legolas enjoys a personal Springtime, radiating bright yellows and blues.
below: tones of the edge of the wood and Legolas on the road: then the tones of Lothlorien set against Legolas in the kingdom
~Emblem of the spiral
Unsurprisingly we find that Legolas is adorned with spirals.
The elf is of the spiral form. He is open and his spirit reaches to the highest. His chosen weapon is engraved with the spiral form. Though he engages in battle he carries a reminder of his higher nature, his favoured weapon the bow is marked with a spiral form. He is a spirit prepared to fight for the earth.
The spirals decorating the elf are fairly loose on the jacket and bow. The hair, however, is tied into a tight spiral. The spiral in the hair of Legolas speaks of the potency of the spirit of the elf. This is a spiral woven from light. In this way Legolas appears angelic. He is of the cadeuces or winged spiral.
The winged spiral speaks of a will to ascend. By directing his will Legolas can become more etheric, more angelic: less battle hardened. The winged spiral also links to hidden powers. The powers that rise from Legolas cannot fully be seen or known. When Legolas uses these powers, say to spy a distant enemy, he is using the upper, spiritual end of the spiral. He is using his wings. At these moments the elf is at his most angelic.
There is no aggression in Legolas. In battle the elf usually adopts a defensive posture. legolas will position himself in one spot and let the enemy come to him. Battle for Legolas is a kind of enhanced concentration. Legolas stills his mind and quickens his actions.
The elf exists in two states. In a state of complete physical stillness he can perceive great distances and discern what is going on as both a sense-perception and a heightened state of feeling. In battle this is reversed. Legolas is frantically active, loosing arrows at tremendous speed: the body quickens and now the mind is stilled. Legolas can be still of mind and quick in reflexes or still in body and have tremendous distance perception. Legolas therefore has exceptional free will. Legolas can choose either state. Just by stilling either his body or his mind, by will, Legolas can switch from rapid fire to telescopic perception. No man can do this.
Legolas elf treads lightly because he is suspended between the earth and spirit (green and white). The lightness of his being is supreme. Legolas is in a permanent state of semi-ascension, floating slightly above the earth and it is this that gives him an ethereal air. Moments that tie the elf too strongly to the earth therefore cause him a lingering melancholy. Around him wizards may fall into shadow, stewards may suffer in battle and hero's carry a mighty burden. For Legolas the ordeal of the quest is more inward. It is a pain felt in the feeling and spiritual identity of the elf. We see this in the changing light around him. But the green, grey and white are also the flag he will fight under. Legolas is the banner of the Fellowship.
On the bow quiver of Legolas is an ornate rendition of a peacock. Peacocks are a traditional symbol of immortality. Peacocks symbolise immortality though as endurance of the spirit. Legolas has an enduring spirit and this means not only that he is physically immortal but that his immortal spirit is always visible. In life the immortal aspect of Legolas is always there. The peacock also is prized for its tail feathers. The colours in the peacock's tail also vary according to the season. How fitting then is this as a symbol for Legolas. The elf too changes colour and hue according to season an circumstances. The display is always striking however.
Legolas wears a half spiral, again a sign that he is aligned to the struggle for the earth. The half spiral omitting the upper, higher seeking aspect, is worn as a symbol of commitment by the elf to earthly matters.