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Thranduiliel
Bree

Feb 4 2014, 4:00pm


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I hadn't read the Hobbit before I saw DOS


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I've often wondered what those who didn't read the book thought of Thranduil. Most of us have read Tolkien and are familiar with Thranduil's background, as are most of my friends.

I'm trying to imagine how he would come across if I knew nothing about the character except what I see on screen--especially without the benefit of the AUJ EE.

I know I'd still find him mesmerizing, and I believe I'd still see the complexity of his character. (That's due to Pace's superb acting.) But had we seen him through Bilbo's eyes, I think that would have helped temper some of the "he's a jerk" comments from those unfamiliar with the character (canon). Sadly, the conversation he had with Tauriel about the spiders / Legolas thinking she fought well / Legolas being fond of her and how he won't sanction the match turned off most of my friends. Everyone, myself included, was like: "Your kingdom is under attack--don't you have more important things to discuss and worry about!?" Shocked


I found Thranduil to be mesmerising in the trailers - first his voice, then seeing him more animated than the brief sighting we had in AUJ - I couldn't wait to see his scenes in DOS. Before that, I always had a kind of casual interest in him just by virtue of the fact that he is Legolas' father. But Lee Pace's performance and appearance just blew me away. I didn't notice him much in AUJ (not that there was much to notice), but for me, it was the voice that sealed the deal!

One thing I loved during my repeated viewings was the audience reaction to Thranduil saying "I know you're there" to Tauriel, when we think he's addressing Bilbo. Many people collectively gasped when Thranduil suddenly appeared before Bilbo. And there were a lot of laughs when Thranduil freed the orc's head from his miserable shoulders!


(This post was edited by Thranduiliel on Feb 4 2014, 4:02pm)


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Post edited by Thranduiliel (Bree) on Feb 4 2014, 4:02pm


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