The Kidnapping of Legolas
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is a hybrid story combining elements from LOTR, POTC, and a nameless
island somewhere out to sea...
The Kidnapping of Legolas
- Part 1
When Legolas discovered late one afternoon a bag of fan mail belonging
to Will Turner amongst his own the elf frowned. Now he had nothing
against the young man despite the fact he was a pirate. Instead it was
the fact that he had to go down to the port’s docks in order to be able
to give Will his mail. Now this was the only place he was afraid to go
to on this nameless island where all completed story lines converged
and he silently chided himself because there was no reason why he
should be feeling this way since the island had always been a safe
neutral site for all. Still he slipped a dagger into the top of one of
his boots before he picked up the mail bag and headed out the door of
the small bungalow he shared with Gimli.
However the fear quickly filled him again while he made his way
towards the docks through the port’s narrow crowded streets where all
manner of sea faring races and creatures were now rubbing shoulders
with each other. But this time the fear was accompanied by the feeling
that he was being followed so Legolas began to walk as fast as he could
without running into anyone while he kept his eyes on the Black Pearl
which was moored a good distance away at the end of the last dock.
Suddenly the elf felt a sharp sticking kind of pain in the right
side of his neck just as he was passing by the last dark alley way
before the entrance to the dock. Now this made him wince while it also
instantly stopped him in his tracks. Then with his free hand he quickly
reached up and pulled out the thin wooden dart and it was while he was
looking at it that two things happened in quick succession. The first
was a growing drowsiness that was now dulling his near panic and his
strong urge to run while the second was the appearance of two fierce
looking Corsair pirates swiftly approaching him from behind. Then they
each quickly grabbed one of his arms in a vice like grip and forced him
forward into the alley which caused Legolas to drop the mail bag and
dart. It also jerked him wide awake for the moment so he could show the
two muscle bound men just how strong an elf can be when he easily broke
free from their grips and next landed some hard solid punches to their
faces and bodies which leveled them both. Unfortunately he soon found
himself sinking to his knees and unable to move any further when this
wakefulness vanished while a third fierce looking Corsair pirate
stepped out from behind some nearby stacked crates. Now this one
grabbed Legolas by his long blonde hair and roughly yanked his head
back before he stuck the opening to a long neck bottle into the elf’s
mouth. Now the sneering man had made sure that the bottle was in only
far enough so as to not cause a gagging reflex. However that also meant
that Legolas couldn’t avoid swallowing the bitter black liquid that was
contained within it either and once he had done so the Corsair let go
of his hair. After that he was sent quickly into a deep dreamless sleep
by whatever was in that liquid and when his body slumped forward the
third Corsair smiled with satisfaction.
The gentle pitch and roll of a ship under sail was the first
sensation Legolas was aware of while he slowly woke up. However he
still felt lethargic so it was that several minutes passed before he
realized that he was lying stretched out on his right side on the bare
wooden floor of a large iron cage that was tall enough for him to stand
up in although at the moment he doubt he could even get to his feet.
Then he noticed that the cage was secured by chains to the deck of a
dimly lit cargo hold that was also filled with crates and barrels of
all sizes. Now this only deepened his growing confusion even more when
he slowly began to remember what had happened to him earlier in the
alley way. After all he knew of no reason why anyone would want to
kidnap him since this was clearly that. However his thoughts were
suddenly interrupted when there was a loud banging of a wooden hatch
cover above and behind him which allowed the light of day in and was
soon followed by the sound of a single pair of booted feet coming down
creaky wooden stairs. Nor was it long before the owner of the booted
feet was standing before him and when he looked up and saw that it was
the third Corsair pirate Legolas slowly frowned.
“Sleep well?” the Corsair asked in a mock caring tone of voice with a
smile that revealed a gold upper front tooth.
“Who are you? And what is the meaning behind all of this?” Legolas
demanded as forcefully as he could. Still he sounded weak and when he
tried to sit up his lethargy soon had him slumping back down with a
barely audible groan after he had only raised himself up a few inches.
Meanwhile the Corsair was watching this with a look of satisfaction
on his face. Then that changed to one of pure hatred when Legolas
focused his attention back on him again. “I’m your worst nightmare
elf!” he said in a now deadly tone of voice. “Remember that man you
killed before that now poor excuse for a King unleashed that dead horde
on the black ships? Well that man was my older brother and I intend to
avenge his death by making yours a slow and painful one once I have you
back in my home port.”
Now this sent a cold chill through Legolas for he instantly
realized that he would die unless he was able to somehow free himself
and escape before the ship reached that port since none of his friends
knew where he was at.
“As you can see I’ve spared no expense to make your stay aboard my
ship as comfortable as possible,” the Corsair continued this time in
his mock caring tone of voice while he tapped his finger against one of
the cage’s bars before him. “Oh and that black liquid I had you drink
earlier was a long lasting potion to insure that you remain nice and
quiet for the whole journey so you will be well rested and able to
enjoy your death to the fullest!” Then the man let loose with an evil
laugh which sent another cold chill through Legolas.
“Captain you had better come and look at this!” another pirate’s voice
suddenly came down the open hatch.
Instantly the third Corsair was running for the stairs and Legolas
forced himself to roll over onto his left side so he could watch the
man disappear up through the large square opening through which he
could see a bit of blue sky amongst the gray sails and rigging. Now
much of his confidence at being able to escape on his own from this
ship had vanished after he had heard what the Corsair had said about
the potion since that meant his lethargy wouldn’t be passing any time
soon like he had hoped that it would. And it was that which soon had
him dozing despite his wanting to listen to what was happening above
him in case there was a slim chance that it could somehow help him out
of the present dire situation he was in.
Kidnapping of Legolas – Part 2
Suddenly there came several loud booming sounds from outside which
startled Legolas awake. Then he just managed to cover his face and head
with his arms when what followed next was a large black cannon ball
quickly smashing through the starboard side of the cargo hold which
showered him with many pieces of splintered wood while it past by his
cage and out through the opposite side. Now having never seen a cannon
ball before the elf had no idea what it was. But the fact that it had
caused the ship to shudder violently under him made him wish that he
wouldn’t have to face it again. Fortunately for him no more cannon
balls seemed to be forth coming at the moment.
Meanwhile the many shouts of men eagerly entering into a fight up
on the main deck came down through the open hatch. Soon the sounds of
swords clashing against one another were mixed with the shouting from
those rising up to meet their challengers as were the occasional cries
of those whose lives were ending. Now all of this caused Legolas to
cautiously uncover his head so he could look up through the hatch and
just as he did the dead body of a Corsair toppled into the cargo hold
and landed with a bone cracking thud on the hold’s deck a few feet away
from him. After that Will Turner peered down through the hatch and when
he saw Legolas he smiled broadly in relief.
“Legolas is down in the hold!” the young man then shouted over his
right shoulder to someone out of the elf’s sight before he was quickly
forced back from the opening by the sword wielding third Corsair who
had a murderous look on his face.
Now the sight of Will renewed Legolas’s hope of escaping and this
drove him to try and force his lethargic body into getting up off the
cage floor so he could be ready to leave when the opportunity presented
itself. However once again he only managed to raise himself up a few
inches before falling back this time with a soft groan of frustration
at not being able to move like he wanted.
In the meantime the third Corsair had reappeared by the hatch. But
this time he was desperately trying to fend off someone’s sword with
his the murderous look on his face now replaced with one of
determination. Then he suddenly broke away from his opponent and ran
down the stairs and on over to the cage. “Your friends will not rob me
of my revenge!” he said angrily while he knelt down next to the bars
closest to Legolas’s head so he could reach through them and grab the
elf by his long blond hair. Then he roughly jerked his captive’s head
back while he dropped his sword so he could withdraw a hidden dagger
from his boot. Clearly he intended to slit Legolas’s throat which was
something the elf wasn’t about to let happen.
“Nor will I allow you to have it either!” he said weakly while his
need for self preservation suddenly gave him the strength necessary for
him to withdraw his own hidden dagger from his boot which was something
he only now noticed that he still had. The he used it to swiftly slice
open the back of the Corsair’s hand which held his hair while hoping
that it would cause the man to let go of him. Fortunately this had the
desired effect and the Corsair vehemently cursed him as he let the elf
go. And once he was free Legolas moved back away as far as he could
from him. Then he went limp when his surge of strength began to wane.
Now this also distracted the pirate enough so that he was unaware
of Will’s presence behind him until the young man had reached the
bottom of the stairs. Then he quickly grabbed up his sword in his free
hand and turned around. However he wasn’t able to raise it in time to
keep the blade of Will’s sword from the left side of his neck.
“Give up this folly! By now all of your crew have either been
killed or captured!” Will said firmly and to prove his point the sounds
of fighting up on the main deck was diminishing amongst a rousing cheer
of success led by Captain Jack.
“You have a lot to learn about what it takes to be a true pirate
pretty boy!” the third Corsair replied smoothly with a sneer while he
slowly lowered his sword. Now Legolas perked up a bit when the seasoned
warrior in him picked up on the hidden threat contained in the man’s
voice. Unfortunately Will only heard an insult so when the Corsair
swiftly drew back his arm in preparation to throw his dagger at the
young man he was momentarily surprised and froze.
But Legolas didn’t and with the last of his extra strength he rose
up just far enough so he could quickly throw his own dagger at the
third Corsair’s back where it lodged deeply while piecing his heart.
Now this instantly produced a look of surprise on his face as well as
stopping his throwing motion. Then the dagger as well as his sword
slowly slipped from his now lifeless fingers and both fell to the deck
just as his body pitched forward and hit the deck face first.
Meanwhile Legolas had watched this with a weak smile of
satisfaction on his face before he collapsed the strength he had
mustered together now totally spent and his eyes began to close despite
his not wanting them to as a wave of sleepiness threatened to engulf
him again. It was then that Will recovered from his surprise and when
he saw the elf lying so still on the cage floor he frantically said
“Hang in there my friend! I’ll have you out of there in no time!” After
that he started to search the third Corsair’s body for the key that
would unlock the cage door. Fortunately he found it quickly on a cord
around the man’s neck and soon he had the door open and was kneeling
down next to Legolas while Captain Jack and Elizabeth rapidly descended
“Oh no we’re too late!” the young woman exclaimed in dismay while
she paused just outside the cage’s open doorway with Captain Jack.
“No he’s still alive. Remember what the parrot said about seeing
him drinking something while he was being kidnapped? No doubt that is
what has him so limp now,” Will said firmly while he gently rolled
Legolas over onto his back which along with his friend’s words gave the
elf enough incentive to resist the sleepiness and to slowly force open
“The parrot…saw?” he managed to ask weakly the relief that someone
Will knew had seen his dire predicament now showing on his face.
“Yes he did. And the sooner we get you back on the Black Pearl the
sooner we can figure out a way to free you from the affects of that
drink,” Will replied with a reassuring smile.
Suddenly the deck under them all began to list towards the
starboard side of the ship which caused Captain Jack and Elizabeth to
quickly grab a hold of the cage bars next to its open doorway in order
to keep from sliding into cage while Will tried to keep Legolas from
sliding into the opposite bars before him.
“And the sooner is the key word here since this ship is now sinking
savvy!” Captain Jack said in an urgent tone.
of Legolas – Part 3
So the two men from The Pirates of the Caribbean swiftly picked up
Legolas by his arms and once they had them securely about their
shoulders they began to drag him as quickly as possible up the stairs
while Elizabeth went on ahead of them just as water began to pour
through the hole made by the cannon ball. Now moving the elf this way
soon proved to be a not so easy task since he was like a dead weight
between them and the ship was listing more and more towards the
starboard side with every passing minute. And when they finally did
reach the sun lit main deck they were confronted with the sight of all
manner of loose floating debris including the corpses of the Corsairs
swirling in the water before them while the ship’s railing began to
disappear beneath the surface. Beyond that was the old man and his
parrot waiting in the small rowboat that would take them all over to
the Black Pearl which was anchored and waiting a short distance behind
the smaller one.
“Leave me…save yourselves!” Legolas pleaded weakly after he slowly
realized what a daunting and dangerous undertaking it would be to get
him over to the small boat since the sinking of the Corsair’s ship
could suck someone down to their death if they were still next to it.
“No we won’t!” Will said firmly while the deck under their feet
began to tilt even more and to now cause them all too slowly start to
slide towards the water.
“Gentlemen I don’t think any of us have any choice now but to
swim!” Elizabeth said frantically before she slid shrieking feet first
into the swirling water next to the ship. Fortunately the water wasn’t
cold and when she kicked her way back up through the floating debris to
the surface she was in time to see Will and Captain Jack take the
plunge with Legolas between them. Unfortunately for the two men they
both painfully collided with a large wooden barrel that had floated in
each of their ways at the last second. Now this caused them both to
lose their grip on him and he quickly slipped beneath the surface since
he lacked the strength to tread water.
Suddenly the Corsair’s ship stopped listing and started sinking
rapidly straight down and the suction this created soon began to draw
Legolas down as well since he was the closest to it while Will and
Captain Jack drifted further away during their short recovery from
their collisions. Surprisingly he felt quite calm with the knowledge
that he appeared to be the one who would die like he had earlier
thought while the ship took him deeper. Meanwhile he could see Will and
Captain Jack treading water above him and just as the meager air in his
lungs was about spent the two pirates quickly dove down to him and
grabbed him by his arms before swiftly ascending to the surface with
him once more between them. Then while he coughed and sputtered the
water out of his lungs the third Corsair’s ship finally slipped totally
beneath the water with a dying loud gurgle which left behind only all
the floating debris and corpses to mark its resting place for a short
In the meantime the old man had rowed the small boat over to the
trio which now contained a relieved looking Elizabeth. Then with her
pulling on his arms and with the two men pushing him up from behind
Legolas soon found himself tumbling head first into the boat and lying
in a soggy heap on its bottom. After that he could no longer stay awake
and he was sound asleep before Will and Captain Jack had a chance to
Some time later the gentle rocking of the hammock he was lying in
began to register through the hazy of sleep in his mind while he slowly
woke up. Then the sensation of being dry followed quickly by the
feeling of a fresh sea breeze blowing across him caused him to open his
eyes. It was at that moment he saw that he was now up on the Black
Pearl’s main deck while the ship sailed under a starry night sky.
Unfortunately he continued to feel lethargic and this frustrated him
for in a way it meant that he was still a captive of the third Corsair
even though that man was dead.
Meanwhile the sound of booted feet slowly approaching from behind
had him wandering who it was until Will came around into view at his
right side while he carefully carried a battered silver tray which held
a chipped white china bowl full of something that was steaming and a
silver tankard. Now this reminded him just how hungry and thirsty he
was for it appeared to be a soup in the bowl.
“I’m glad to see you are awake my friend,” Will said with a smile
after he had set the tray down on top of a nearby barrel. “Elizabeth
managed to put together an edible soup from the Black Pearl’s rather
limited stores. Maybe once you’ve had something to eat and drink that
will counter the affects of that liquid the parrot saw you being forced
“I hope so! I’m weary of feeling this way,” Legolas said weakly. “Where
is the parrot? I would like to thank him.”
“He’s down in the crew’s quarters with the old man as is most
everyone else so you can have some peace and quiet since Captain Jack
has broken out the rum,” Will said with an amused smile while he helped
Legolas to sit up and to stay that way by sitting down next to him so
he could lean against him.
Now this brought out a similar smile onto Legolas’s face for he
knew just as the young pirate did that Captain Jack never passed up any
opportunity to drink rum although in this case it was justified them
most. Then he made quick work of the edible soup which seemed to be a
mixture of something chickeny, beefy, and veggie as far as he could
tell. However after he had taken a big swig of the liquid in the
tankard he nearly choked on it since it was rum and something he wasn’t
accustomed to drinking.
“Will I don’t think that Legolas should be drinking that rum!”
Elizabeth scolded while she ran over to them so she could take the
tankard away from the elf who was only now recovering from what he had
swallowed by taking deep breaths. “Tolkien never met for him to be
drinking like a pirate!”
“But it could free him from the affects of that drink!” Will protested.
“It certainly seems to be doing that now!” Legolas managed to gasp
out while he rubbed his watering eyes for he had never felt so wide
“See!” Will crowed triumphantly while Elizabeth snorted in disbelief.
Unfortunately all the strong rum in the tankard was only able to
keep Legolas wide awake for a short time. Then he was once again
battling to stay awake.
“Don’t fight it,” a disappointed Will said while he laid a
reassuring hand on the elf’s shoulder while Legolas lay back down in
the hammock. “We will be in port by mid-morning tomorrow. Maybe Aragorn
will know what to do.”
So Legolas slipped into another long nap while Elizabeth insisted
on covering him with a blanket despite Will arguing with her that the
now cooler ocean breeze wouldn’t bother him since elves were quite
tolerant of the cold.
The Kidnapping of Legolas - Part 4
It was the invigorating scent of athelas
under his nose which woke up
Legolas enough so that he could breathe it in more deeply. Then the elf
felt someone gently slip an arm under his neck and shoulders and
partially lift him up while the rim of a metal goblet was gently placed
between his lips.
“Come on my friend. Drink this for me,” he heard Aragorn softly urge.
Now this spurred the elf on and to force his still lethargic self
to drink from the goblet. Nor was it long before the warm soothing tea
like liquid began to wake him even more. So by the time he had drained
the goblet dry he was able to open his eyes and for the first time in
what felt like ages he actually thought he could keep them open without
much effort. It was then that he noticed he was now lying on his back
on the Black Pearl’s main deck with Gimli, Will, Elizabeth, and Captain
Jack standing on either side of him. All of whom looked concerned
except for Captain Jack who kept looking off to his left apparently at
something which was hidden from Legolas’s sight by the ship’s railing.
Now this earned him a quick elbowing in the ribs from Elizabeth in
order to get his attention back on the elf.
“How do you feel? Has the athelas helped any?” Aragorn asked.
“I’m feeling more awake and able to stay that way so yes it has
helped,” he replied although still his voice still sounded a bit weak
while he smiled hopefully.
Instantly this brought out similar smiles on everyone else’s faces.
“Can I go now seeing how the elf is better?” Captain Jack whispered to
“No so hush!” she shot back in a low voice which quickly shut up the
pirate although he didn’t hide his disappointment.
Meanwhile Aragorn had helped Legolas to sit up and he lightly
continued to support him so the elf could sit comfortably. Then he had
Will fill the goblet full of the athelas tea once again and hand it to
their friend who could now hold onto it himself.
“I want you to drink more of it now just to make sure,” Aragorn
said while turning serious. “Did the Corsair who forced you to drink
that black liquid blame you for the death of his brother?”
“Yes he did eventually. But how did you know about that? I thought
the parrot only witnessed my kidnapping?” a curious Legolas asked
before he began to drink the tea.
“He did only see that. It was the island’s management who got wind
of the Corsair’s plan from one of their staff in a dockside pub.
Unfortunately they didn’t learn about it in time to stop him from
luring you down there with a fake bag of mail for Will. My friend you
were kidnapped by a rogue background character who wanted to make a
name for himself. So the story he told you was nothing but a lie which
he obviously used very effectively to convince those poor souls who
died fighting for him into thinking they could be a part of his glory,”
Aragorn said in an angry and disgusted tone of voice.
“And just to make sure that no one else bothers you Laddie I and
all who are here will keep our eyes and ears open over the next several
days in case there are any more corsairs who still believe that
Corsair’s lie,” Gimli said firmly which caused Legolas to smile.
“I appreciate that but surely this is all over with,” he said his voice
now stronger as the second goblet of athelas kicked in.
“Humor us my friend. We nearly lost you and we don’t want to lose
you again,” Aragorn asked while everyone there nodded in agreement.
“Please do as your friends say!” Captain Jack pleaded while he
backed slowly towards the nearby gang plank. “There’s new rum in the
offering now from the island management and I don’t want to miss out on
that by having to chase after yet another ship load of kidnapping phony
pirates!” After that he turned around and ran down the gang plank.
“Oh honestly!” Elizabeth exclaimed while rolling her eyes in
disgust at Captain Jack’s behavior. “You would think that by now he
would have learned that the rum never runs out here!”
“I seem to recall you acting in a similar fashion not to long ago
over the opening of yet another new boutique for the ladies!” the
Captain’s voice came back to everyone on the ship from the dock down
Now that brought out onto Elizabeth’s face a smile of embarrassment
as well as a rosy blush while Will had all he could do to keep from
smiling himself and then laughing out loud. As for Gimli he just looked
a bit confused since the neither activity that was being spoken of was
something the dwarf had never heard of before this day.
Meanwhile Legolas had finished the second goblet of athelas tea. “I
want to try and stand up,” he said to Aragorn while he set the goblet
down on the deck next to him.
“You feel up to doing that already?” the man asked clearly pleased that
his friend was recovering rapidly.
“Yes I do! I’m tired of lying about like a limp rag,” Legolas replied
firmly his voice now back to its normal tone.
So Aragorn quickly stood up so he and Will could provide steadying
hands while Legolas cautiously tried out his legs. And when he was
finally standing unaided he felt like his old self before this whole
ordeal had started. After that he enjoyed the sensation of walking
under his own power down the gang plank and back to the bungalow he
shared with Gimli who had taken it upon himself to see to it that no
one hindered his progress through the port’s crowded and narrow streets
by physically move anyone out of the way if necessary. And once Legolas
was seated in a comfortable chair on the bungalow’s patio he sighed
happily and closed his eyes.
“Are you alright?” Will asked while he, Aragorn, Elizabeth, and Gimli
gathered around him again.
“Yes I am!” he replied back with a contented smile before he opened
his eyes. “I’m just savoring the feeling of being back to normal and
back in familiar surroundings.”
Now this spurred on his friends to see to it that he could continue
to do just that over the next few days. Then he was released from their
care and watchfulness since no other corsairs showed any interest in
picking up where the third Corsair had left off at. Still it would be a
long time after that before Legolas would even think of venturing alone
down to docks again.