Yeah, so Legolas and Gimli are also functioning as messengers, telling Imrahil of Aragorn’s intentions from outside the city. He wants to hold a council sometime soon.
They take their leave of Imrahil and head to visit Merry and Pippin in the Houses of Healing. They find the two frolicking in the garden. When Merry tires, and everyone begins to head inside, Legolas wistfully thinks of the sea, and its gulls calling him.
You see, Legolas recently had his first glimpse of the sea, when they attacked the corsair ships off the coast. Elves long for the water that they know they will travel over when the time comes for them to leave Middle-earth. Now that Legolas has seen it, apparently he has lost all joy for the peaceful wooded lands that he once called home. Well, so much for those, I guess? I’d never guess that Legolas (or any elf) would be so easily altered. It kind of goes counterpoint to everything that we’ve come to expect from the elder race.
Really, it’s just uncomfortable seeing Legolas being rather morose. It’s as if he just doesn’t care anymore, and that’s not the Legolas we’ve come to know. Even as an aloof elf (as is their tendency), he has developed a caring for Merry and Pippin, and now a deep friendship with Gimli. Leave it to Gimli to try to pull him back.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 32
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