Thranduil, made famous in 2012 with his first “humanoid” appearance in Peter Jackson’s second epic Tolkien Trilogy “The Hobbit” portrayed by actor Lee Pace. This is the Thranduil the world fell in love with in the first ten seconds of the prologue of the first of three films. For me, it was great–he replaced Gollum’s cousin in my childhood memories:
Yeah, way better look because in 2001, we saw this:
Legolas, son of Thranduil.
And seeing 1977 Thranduil and 1978 Legolas:
You are left scratching your head if you read the book, “There was also a strange Elf glad in green and brown, Legolas, messenger from his father, Thranduil, the King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood.”–Chapter 2: The Council of Elrond, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Someone in the seventies watch too much Scooby Doo? No. First of all, they were two different productions altogether. On the book side, Thranduil is not in the Hobbit–well, not as the King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood. His introduction was left far less specific, “In a great cave some miles within the edge of Mirkwood on its eastern side there lived at this time their greatest king.”–Chapter VII: Flies and Spiders, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Throughout the hobbit, he is the Elvenking. Not Thranduil–not the father of Legolas (in fact, where’d Legolas come from by this logic?) By date, Thranduil first shows up as Legolas’ father in The Lord of the Rings by name. The Silmarillion (1977) was released after the first two books.
“Now of old the name of that forest was Greenwood the Great, and its wide halls and aisles were the haunt of many beasts and of birds of bright song; and there was the realm of King Thranduil under the oak and the beech. But after many years, when well nigh a third of that age of the world had past, a darkness crept slowly through the wood from the southward, and fear walks there in shadowy glades; fell beasts came hunting, and cruel and evil creatures laid there their snares. Then came the name of the forest was changed and Mirkwood it was called, for the nightshade lay deep there, and few dared to pass through, save only in the north where Thranduil’s people still held evil at bay.”–Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.
So, that is the history of Thranduil in a nutshell in all three of the most “important” novels about this adventure–but wait, there is more. A great deal more. Enter The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy. The metamorphosis from nameless king, to father to toad to drop-dead gorgeous live action vision of perfection wouldn’t be complete without a fictitious fiction written about a fictitious character in a fictitious world by a fan of fiction writer J.R.R. Tolkien with a realistic slant based on reading 21 volumes of the histories of Middle Earth, his letters, his inspirations, his essays and any other thing he wrote in order to find the real fictitious Thranduil inside of the greatest high fantasy tale ever written.
You will find it as complex a story ever written–because the original complexity of J.R.R. Tolkien had to be maintained at all cost. (Translation: I love to write and have no life–might as well do something before I die). Shall we begin?
*The Hobbit (book) original release: 21 September 1937; The Lord of the Rings (book) original release: 24 July 1954/11 November 1954/20 October 1955; The Silmarillion (book) original release: 15 September 1977.
**The Hobbit (animated): aired 27 November 1977. Its sequel was The Return of the King: A Story of the Hobbits (animated) that aired 11 May 1980.
***The Lord of the Rings (animated): Theatrical Release was 15 November 1978.
Sooo… I just figured out how to make notification alert sounds and ringtones, and now I’m making Poldark/Aidan alerts and notifications! If you have any specifics you’d like, PLEASE send me an Ask!!! I’d love to make them, and there’s so little Aidan stuff for our phones out there.
the extended edition behind the scenes are so great! Gets me all pumped up to draw hobbit fanart. Billy is so funny as Dain. The first one is if Thrain took his sons on a diplomatic trip to the Iron hills. The second is just that part of Billy’s personality in Dain.