"He was as tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow and shoot down a Nazgul, endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, so hard and resistant to hurt that he went only in light shoes, over rocks or through snow, the most tireless of all the Fellowship" (Tolkein, Book of Lost Tales pg. 3333). These reasons, as well as many others, are why I chose the character Legolas Greenleaf as my hero. Heroic traits that Leoglas demonstrates throughout the Lord of the Rings trilogy include: loyalty, courageousness and his swift nature.
Legolas proved his loyalty when he volunteered to protect Frodo at the meeting in Rivendell. He gives his bow to rid of the awful ring that is terrorizing middle earth. Some examples that prove his loyalty would be the traveling all through middle earth with some extreme challenges. First the cave of Moria, where the fellowship meets the terrifying Belarock. Another challenge is the Path of the Dead, in to Dewimorberg. This is where he and Aragorn gather the army of dead to help defeat the armies of Sauron. Those items show huge loyalty to me.
Legolas" keen elf eyes, archery skills and his closeness to nature help build his courage throughout the fellowship"s adventure. An example to show his courageousness would consist of the battle of Pelennor Field where he jumps off the ship willing to fight with a full heart. The biggest part of being courage is how he never stops. He takes his courage to go find the Black Eye without fear. Most of the warriors in the movie fear the big animals but Legolas doesn't. He climbs up a elephant to kill it and the bad guys on it. If those traits do not show courageous then I don't know what will.
His last and most impressive skill is his surpassing abilities. The Elves are know for being tireless and always on watch just as Legolas was. He was the fellowships sight and was always the first to know what was coming.