Yeah, changing stuff and elaborating. He’s never once called Thranduil in The Hobbit, he’s the Elven King. So I was very interested in what inspired him (Tolkien.) What made him interested enough to put the Elven King on the other side of the wild in this story and I found some really inspiring archetypical characters: The Fisher King, Oberon. There’s a story: when I went back for my second block of shooting, I went out camping and hiking around this big lake called Lake Waikaremoana. It’s a two hour drive from the nearest town in the wilderness. And I was trekking through there and on the first night I lost my iPhone and it was all I had to take pictures with. So, I looked through all my bags and I couldn’t find it anywhere. The next day I’d stop and look again, in my tent and sleeping bag because I couldn’t take any pictures. All day without my phone. The last night I was there, I was sleeping and I woke up in the middle of the night and it was stuck to my back! And it helped me understand what the elves were in a way.
—  Lee Pace ( interview)