Legolas, if you break it's meaning down, means "Greenleaf". Legolas is Prince of Northern Mirkwood. His father is Thranduil, Elven King. Thranduil was the king that locked away the dwarves on their quest through Mirkwood for their stubbornness. Thranduil sent Legolas to Rivendell bearing a message to Elrond, and he was summoned to the secret council meeting. When they decided to destroy the ring, Legolas was chosen to accompany Frodo to however far he was willing to go. They then set out on their journey. In Moria, he recognized the legend of the Balrog, which is one of the main reasons Elves and Dwarves dont get along. When Moria was built, Elves were still friendly. However, when the dwarves delved too deep into the mountain, they released an ancient and fearsome creature made of shadow and flame, the Balrog. When they lose Gandalf, the party goes to Lothlorien. When Gimli sees the Lady Galadriel, he is enchanted, and has no more harsh words against the lady -- in fact, he dare not speak it! It is around this time when Legolas and Gimli build their friendship. The party departs from Lothlorien, then they come to the point where the ringbearer must decide where they will go. However, when they are overrun by orcs, they have their hands full. The orcs take Merry and Pippin hostage, and Frodo and Sam have already left. They decide to follow the orcs, and go after Merry and Pippin. They follow their trail to Rohan, where they meet Eomer. Eomer speaks harsh words to Gimli, and Legolas replies with threatening his life, for saying such things of his dwarf friend. Aragorn, that smooth talker, breaks it up. They follow the tracks into Fangorn, and Legolas is facinated by the trees of the Forest, and how old they are. That is when they meet Gandalf, and are told that the hobbits they've been tracking are safe and sound, and that their help is needed elsewhere. They go to Theoden, and once his trance is broken, they head for Helm's Deep. During the battle, Gimli and Legolas begin a contest of who can kill the most orcs. Afterwards, they go to Minis Tirith, and then Legolas follows Aragorn into the Paths of the Dead. The come back by the end on black ships, as to fool their enemies. Then after much discussion, they march to the Black Gate to form as a possible distraction for Frodo. Just as all hope seems to be lost, Mordor falls apart, as the ring has been destroyed. Legolas and Gimli made a promise to one another that after the war, Gimli would go with Legolas to the forests, and Legolas would go to the caves with Gimli. They withheld that promise, and when Aragorn died in 120 FO, Legolas built a ship, and took Gimli with him, to reunite with his people.