Orlando Bloom’s Legolas Returns to Middle Earth in 2014’s ‘There and Back Again’

Behold the first image of Orlando Bloom reprising his "Lord of the Rings" role in the third and final "Hobbit" film

Legolas was a fan favorite in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiasts won't see the warrior Elf return to Middle Earth until 2014 when "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" hits theaters.

Entertainment Weekly published the first image of Orlando Bloom reprising his role and he looks pretty much the same, with the exception of his very blue eyes (weren't they brown before?).

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It's true that the character is not featured in the book this trilogy is being adapted from, but luckily for Bloom's bank account, his father is.

“He’s [elven king] Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in 'The Hobbit,'" Jackson explained. "And because elves are immortal it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm.”

If you don't recognize the man standing next to Legolas, it's because he's a new face in the franchise. Bard the Bowman — played by Luke Evans — is a heroic human Laketown warrior who (if you couldn't tell by his name) is also quite the marksman. He'll come into the picture when "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" lands in theaters on Dec. 13, 2013.