J. R. R. Tolkien is, of course, known for his enormous contribution to the fantasy genre, especially with the epic The Lord of the Rings series that became a sort of staple when talking about high fantasy. Not only did Tolkien put the groundwork for generations of fantasy writers (and consumers) to come, he also created some of the most memorable characters to represent the many different aspects of the genre. We definitely think of Gandalf, when someone brings up the topic of wizards. The elven world is hardly imaginable without the presence (and shenanigans) of prince Legolas Greenleaf. Throughout the books, Legolas acts as one of the main channels to the elven world and culture that Tolkien has carefully constructed (he even created a fictional language, just for this race, Quenya).

By following the Fellowship of the Ring on their adventures, we find out that Tolkien’s elves are tall, immortal, and keener senses than the common men. One of the more memorable moments of the series, when Legolas uses his elf eyes to see that “[The orcs are] taking the Hobbits to Isengard”, recently became a subject of a Tumblr post that attracted a lot of attention. One user, colonelmagpie, posted their physics homework, where they had to reason how could Legolas see what’s 5 leagues away. The user soon added their results and from there… hilarity ensued!