Legolas doesn’t hug. He does the whole Elvish hug, hand to his heart. He’s not used to full contact hugs, and the closest thing he has to a proper hug is Aragorn and the shoulder clasps.
Gimli is a hugger. He hugs Aragorn, no problem. The dwarves in general are a jovial, affectionate bunch, all big bear hugs and forehead bumps. Even Thorin Mcserious face is a huge hugger. Gimli wouldn’t hold back on the hugs.
IMAGINE LEGOLAS FREEZING UP THE FIRST TIME GIMLI GIVES HIM A HUGE HUG.
IMAGINE GIMLI BEING LIKE “PFFT ELVES WHY DON’T YOU HUG PROPER” BUT THEN THE NEXT TIME HE GOES IN FOR A HUG HE ASKS LEGOLAS OR MAKES SURE HE’S OKAY WITH IT
AND LEGOLAS ACCEPTS THE HUG A BIT AWKWARDLY AT FIRST, LIKE WHAT IS THIS oh IT FEELS NICE??? A BIT WEIRD, UM, BUT NICE?
THEN IMAGINE AS TIME GOES BY AND GIMLI AND LEGOLAS TRAVEL, GIMLI GIVES HIM MORE HUGS WHEN HE GETS MORE COMFORTABLE AND LEGOLAS EVENTUALLY LOOKS FORWARD TO THE HUGS AND HE EVEN STARTS GIVING GIMLI HUGE HUGS OF HIS OWN
AND THE OTHER ELVES ARE BAFFLED BECAUSE WHAT IS UP WITH THIS TOUCHY FEELY ELF WHO KEEPS GOING IN FOR A BEAR HUG