Orlando Bloom on his 'nail-biting' return to Middle-earth
December 3rd, 2013
04:48 PM ET

Orlando Bloom on his 'nail-biting' return to Middle-earth

The more things change for Orlando Bloom, the more they seem to stay the same.

The 36-year-old actor has technically moved on from both Middle-earth and his wife Miranda Kerr, but these days he's getting plenty of play with both.

Bloom, who was spotted having a happy reunion with his estranged wife over the weekend, is reprising his "Lord of the Rings" character, Legolas, in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" sequel "The Desolation of Smaug."

Director Jackson previously explained to Entertainment Weekly that although Bloom's “Legolas isn’t discussed in 'The Hobbit,' as far as Tolkien is concerned he would have been part of that structure within the Woodland Realm and we needed characters within the Woodland Realm to drive the story.”

Given how much his starring role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy bolstered his career, Bloom was more than happy to return.

"It's a lovely thing to come back to these films, and to come back to the fans of these films," Bloom told CNN at the "Desolation of Smaug's" premiere in Hollywood on December 2. "I feel very fortunate that I got my start in 'Lord of the Rings,' and that the fans that have followed my career have been very loyal. I'd forgotten what a huge event these movies had become."

And even though he's spent so much time there, Bloom was still a little nervous to return to Middle-earth.

"It was a little more nail-biting than I thought it would be," Bloom said of his return. "But it was wonderful. Legolas is such a beloved character to me, and a character that resonates with the fans. I hope he does again, because I had a great time playing him."

Bloom has hinted to EW that Legolas will see plenty of action in this follow-up to 2012's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," and will have "his save-the-day moments."

As far as Legolas' potential with Evangeline Lilly's newbie elf Tauriel, “Elves are eternal in their thinking and their being, so a love story would almost belittle the idea of what the relationship would be," the actor went on. "Their connection is a very deep elven feeling that’s done more done in looks than in words. I always imagined if elves were to make love, they’d probably be tantric lovers. Because if you’re living forever, you’re not in a hurry.”

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