His early history was unknown but he was known to be a member of the House of the Tree and a scout of Galdor. He escaped the Fall of Gondolin with the survivors and led them across the Cristhorn. After the First Age, he moved to Tol Eressëa where he remained there ever after going by the name Laiqalassë.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The character was mentioned only once and was unrelated to the character discussed above. Because Tolkien had reused the name in the The Lord of the Rings, this Legolas was not included in the published Silmarillion.
The Legolas of Gondolin, who Tolkien would have likely renamed, has a different etymology. His name (Laiqalassë in its pure form) comes from the primitive Quenya (Quenya) words laica, green, and lassë, leaf. The names are very similar, but the characters were different: Legolas of Gondolin was a Ñoldorin exile, head of the House of the Tree.
- But the others, led by one Legolas Greenleaf of the House of the Tree, who knew all that plain by day or by dark, and was night-sighted, made much speed over the vale for all their weariness, and halted only after a great march.