In the screenwriters’ and actor’s commentary/interviews for Lord of the Rings, they say they portrayed Legolas as an immortal elf who’s always lived among immortal elves, who has never encountered death or grief before.
His “arc” in Lord of the Rings is about confronting death for the first time in his immortal life, and struggling to understand it.
But like…Legolas must be so confused by the idea of death??? Because everyone who “dies” keep coming back????
Legolas: So when is Boromir coming back? Aragorn: Legolas…Boromir’s dead. Legolas: Gandalf was dead. He’s back. Aragorn: That’s different— Legolas: You fell off that cliff, and you came back. Aragorn: But I wasn’t really— Legolas: Merry and Pippin were dead, but they came back. Aragorn: But they– Legolas: *busy looking around for Boromir*
He was tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow and shoot down a Nazgûl, endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, so hard and resistant to hurt that he went only in light shoes over rock or through snow, the most tireless of all the Fellowship.