Jan 10 2008, 9:27am
The High-Elves being much more akin to ancient Faery conceptions and beliefs than to, say, the latter day elves encountered in some tales. But that adresses something said by someone other than you Rezn, so, back on topic. . .
Actually, Tolkien's Elves and traditional Faerys are VERY closely related
In Bowie, I see not only the look (which he has in spades, and not in a comic way, such as Mick Jagger as goblin King. . . I don't even see how someone could make such a comparison!), but also the gravity to pull off the role, and the hint of mischief and of selfishness and cunning that also factors into Thranduil, who is neither so benevolent nor so wise as Elrond, Galadriel or Glorfindel, despite being a venerable, thoughtful and noble elf king. I think David merges those qualities more effectively than Sands, and looks more the part to my mind. I know he wanted to play Elrond, and while I think weaving was dead on for the role, I'd still love to see Bowie involved as the elven king.]
Now as to Glorfindel, I think, first, that Jude Law is a solid actor, with solid presence. Not so daunting as Sands, now, but formidable.More so, I think, Than Jonathan Rhys-Davies, who runs my close second for Glorfindel. He certainly has more gravitas than Orlando Bloom, whom I like. Now, in terms of the look, it would have to be someone like for Glorfindel. He MUST look younger than Elrond, by descript definition. Bowie and Weaving can do Thranduil and Elrond, for Tolkien describes Elrond as neither old nor young, and while Thranduil is described less, one gets a feeling that a middle aged, but fit actor would do him justice. Glorfindel, however, is specifically described as not only powerful, but as appearing quite young and beautiful. "His face Fair and YOUNG . . . and full of Joy. His eyes bright and keen. His voice like music" I too have children, and am heterosexual, but I am also not blind, and in a side by side comparison of who better embodies, Fair ( synonym for beauteaous) and Young, with joyous eyes and full of music. . . I have to say Jude beats out Julian hands down. 20 years ago Julian fit that bill, but while he is still a handsome person, fair and young just don't spring to mind any more in looking at him.
But I am happy that you and many of the rest of us agree on Fishburne for Beorn. That would be great on so many levels.
"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"
"Do not be to eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."