Thranduil's Not-So-Isolationist Policies
Summary: At best, fans and scholars view Thranduil as a cautious isolationist; at worst, he is seen as a greedy dwarf-hater beset by paranoia. In fact, he is not an isolationist at all.
Thranduil’s Not-So-Isolationist Policies
Thranduil would not risk the lives of his kin against the wrath of the dragon. No help came from the elves that day, or any day since. (1)
The narrator presents a clear picture of Thranduil’s policy toward the Dwarves. This scene has just one problem: Tolkien did not write it. It is Peter Jackson’s interpretation. Tolkien did not tell us anything about the Woodland Realm’s reaction to Smaug’s attack on Dale and the Dwarves. At best, we have a snippet describing Thranduil’s realm, which
…extended into the woods surrounding the Lonely Mountain and growing along the west shores of the Long Lake, before the coming of the Dwarves exiled from Moria and the invasion of the Dragon. (2)