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Wow. Okay, I can answer some of your questions, while others will just have to be left up to interpretation/headcanons. Here’s what we know:
After the War of the Ring ended, Aragorn asked the members of the fellowship (including Legolas) to stay in Minas Tirith a while longer - it’s later revealed that he knew Arwen was on her way, and wanted his friends present for his wedding. Afterwards, they all travelled to Edoras for Theoden’s funeral (and after that Legolas and Gimli visited the Glittering Caves.) Then they went to Isengard, where the fellowship parted. Legolas and Gimli traveled north to visit Fangorn, as was their deal, saying “You shall come with me and keep your word; and thus we will journey on together to our own lands in Mirkwood and beyond.”
So, presumably, after visiting Fangorn the two traveled north until they reached Mirkwood and Erebor, respectively. But just two years later Legolas returns to Gondor. This was because, right after the end of the war, he’d visited Ithilien and said “In days to come, if my Elven-lord allows, some of our folk shall remove hither; and when we come it shall be blessed, for a while. For a while: a month, a life, a hundred years of Men. But Anduin is near, and Anduin leads down to the Sea.” The references to the sea are important, because they remind the reader that, Ithilien or no, Legolas’s time in Mirkwood is over. He’s seen the sea, and the sea-longing is a strong force within him at this point (see this post for more information on sea-longing.)
So, knowing that his days in Middle Earth are basically numbered, he offers to spend some time in Gondor helping to repair Ithilien after centuries of warfare. And, since Legolas says himself that his coming to Gondor is dependent on his lord’s approval (that being Thranduil), we can only assume that Thranduil agreed to let Legolas leave Mirkwood. He and his fellow elvish colonists spent the next 120 years rebuilding Ithilien - successfully I might add - while staying close to Aragorn in Minas Tirith, and Gimli in Rohan (he was doing his own work in the Glittering Caves.)
Then, when Aragorn died in the year 120 of the Fourth Age, Legolas built a ship, and he and Gimli sailed west to Valinor, leaving Middle Earth forever. This part of the story is very vague - while Tolkien doesn’t say, it’s always been my assumption that he visited Mirkwood one more time before leaving. Whether any elves stayed in Ithilien after Legolas’s departure is a mystery. And whether Thranduil later followed his son west is also unknown.
SOURCES: LOTR, LOTR Appendices
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OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE
THEIR SLOGAN IS “STRONGER THAN GREASE”
AND I WAS LIKE OKAY YEAH MAKES SENSE FOR A DISH SOAP- WAIT
AJAX WAS A GREEK SOLDIER RENOWNED FOR HIS STRENGTH
AJAX IS STRONGER THAN ALL OF GREECE
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I’m not even in this fandom, but hearing this made me feel so much better about life
I needed this today.
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