Legolas forever

Legolas forever
Orlando Bloom reprises his Lord Of The Rings' Legolas role in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

SINGAPORE- Girls, rejoice. The svelte blond male supermodel of Middle-earth is back.

Legolas is leaping onto the big screen with a vengeance in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which opens here tomorrow.

Orlando Bloom, who reprises his role as the scene-stealing elf prince from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, gets a fair bit of screen time in the prequel, to show off his slick moves, be it swinging gracefully down from a tree with the wind blowing in his hair or shield-surfing down a wall while shooting arrows at enemy orcs with great speed and accuracy.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he accompanies wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) through the Woodland Realm of Mirkwood forest where they encounter Legolas and his dwarf-averse family, headed by Thranduil (Lee Pace).

Playing Legolas has, no doubt, been the highlight of Bloom's career.

It turned the British actor from a fresh-out-of-drama-school rookie to a global matinee idol, opening many doors for the 36-year-old from Canterbury, Kent.

In the two years following the release of The Fellowship Of The Ring in 2001 and The Two Towers a year later, Bloom's celebrity status grew, with the media crowning him with titles from "the star to watch" to "the hottest Hollywood bachelor".

Playing blacksmith-turned-pirate William Turner in the popular Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise from 2003 to 2007 raised his profile even more.

But his star did not shine beyond that, which is why Bloom should be thankful that he has Legolas - his first and still his most famous role - to give him a second wind.

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