The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is just around the corner, which means that our favorite mythical creatures will soon be back in our lives. But Legolas shouldn't get all of the glory, right?
Here's a list of the mythical beings from film and TV that make us weak at the knees:
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Name: LegolasMythological Creature: ElfFamous From: The Lord of the Rings and The HobbitPortrayed By: Orlando BloomSo, Legolas is seriously sexy. I have no problem saying that I'm attracted to an Elf. (Okay I'm a little weirded out that I just admitted to having a crush on an Elf.) His jawline could cut a rock, his bow skills are amazingly fantastic, and J.R.R. Tolkien's description of him doesn't do our lovestruck hearts any favors: "He was as tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow and shoot down a Nazgûl, endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, so hard and resistant to hurt that he went only in light shoes over rock or through snow, the most tireless of all the Fellowship."
Name: KiliMythological Creature: DwarfFamous From: The HobbitPortrayed By: Aiden TurnerSo who else wants to get down with some Dwarves? Okay, so I know that sounds creepy, but it's totally common knowledge that Kili is kind of actually attractive. Dwarves get a bad rap for being pretty dopey, squat, hairy, and a bunch of other unattractive adjectives, but Kili beats the stereotype. He's definitely someone to look forward to in the next Hobbit.
Name: GaladrielMythological Creature: Royal Elf (I don't know why the distinction is necessary; it just is.)Famous From: The Lord of the RingsPortrayed By: Cate BlanchettBy definition Galadriel is ethereal: Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world. With her golden hair, snow-white skin, and piercing blue eyes, she's what elf dreams are made of. Plus, she's seriously powerful, and there's nothing better than a powerful woman.
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Name: NeytiriMythological Creature: Na’vi princessFamous From: AvatarPortrayed By: Zoe SaldanaYes, she's blue. I totally get that. But, she's also beautiful, skilled in combat, and extremely sassy. And even if we don't actually get to see Zoe Saldana, we're always very aware that she's what makes this Na'vi princess so gorgeous.
Name: Thor Mythological Creature: A Norse GodFamous From: ThorPortrayed By: Chris HemsworthThor is literally a god. Like an actual god. According to Wikipedia, in Norse mythology, Thor is a "hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing, and fertility." Fertility, ladies. Fertility. Add on the face, body, muscles, and voice of Chris Hemseworth and we've got a serious winner on our hands.
Name: HerculesMythological Creature: A Half-GodFamous From: The Legend of HerculesPortrayed By: Kellan LutzOkay, so he's only a half-god, but that's more god than most people can claim to be. He's amazingly strong, and he loves to go on adventures. And who wants to bet that his online dating profile says he loves "long walks on the beach"? (The Legend of Hercules is set to come out in 2014.)
Name: Eric NorthmanMythological Creature: VampireFamous From: True BloodPortrayed By: Alexander SkarsgardWe're not talking about Twilight vampires over here, we're talking about True Blood vamps. And obviously the steamiest vamp around — well, besides Pam — is Eric Northman. He hardly ever wears a shirt and deep down, under all of that pent up anger, is a heart that yearns for someone to love.
Name: Alcide HerveauxMythological Creature: WerewolfFamous From: True BloodPortrayed By: Joe ManganielloIf vamps aren't your thing, then you might want to check out their mortal (or, I guess, non-mortal) enemies: Werewolves. Also prone to not wearing a shirt is Bon Temps very own Alcide Herveaux. Just look at that scruff.
Name: Cormac McLaggenMythological Creature: WizardFamous From: Harry PotterPortrayed By: Freddie StromaCormac is totally a pompous jerk, but he's a very attractive pompous jerk. And if you can't get past his self-righteousness, then look no further than my second favorite wizard, Oliver Wood. He might have only been around in the wizarding world for a short while, but he definitely captured the hearts of Hogwarts-wannabees all over the world.
Name: Daenerys TargaryenMythological Creature: She descends from dragons, so it counts.Famous From: Game of ThronesPortrayed By: Emilia ClarkeSome might say that she's not technically a mythical being, but (spoiler) she was able to survive sitting in a fire for hours. She's the mother of dragons, and she's one of the fiercest ladies to grace the world of Westeros. She's a strong woman who knows what she wants, and she looks beautiful while on her journey to claim her rightful throne. Go, Team Daenerys!
American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe is the brains behind the show, which will also feature Leave it to Beaver child star Jerry Mathers and Broadway sensation Jennifer Leigh Warren, and Dancing with the Stars professional Mark Ballas will choreograph.
The lead has yet to be announced. After months of searching California, the producers have selected 30 hopefuls who will attempt to impress celebrity judges Stroma, who plays Cormac McLaggen in the last two Potter films, and Neil Patrick Harris next week (05Oct10).
Their pick will play Cinderella when the show opens at the historic El Portal Theatre in the San Fernando Valley at the end of November (10).