Jan 12 2015, 6:02pm
Without Vilya, Thranduil and Elrond are beings of similar power, experience and age, though Thranduil is quite likely a little bit older than Elrond. In the books, Thranduil fought in the Last Alliance, killed the orcs that ambushed Isildur within the same time period, fought in the Battle of the Five Armies, the battle under the trees and kept the Woodland realm relatively safe through 3000 years. He also probably fought in the war between Sauron and the elves, the ruin of Doriath and some other events at the end of the first age. Elrond fought in the war between elves and Sauron, The last alliance, the war against Angmar (I guess) and nothing else I can recall. I think that Thranduil might have even better experience in terms of war, but given the importance of Elrond lets say it's a tie. I don't know who is a better fighter, in movie versions they are pretty close, as it should be, IMHO. Regarding sons, I think Elrohir, Elladan and Legolas are very close. Arwen has nothing to do here. In terms of armies, the woodland realm is far 8I mean, far) greater than Rivendell, even though in Rivendell are still some Noldor of incredible power, such as Glorfindel, whom could whip the floor of both Elrond and Thranduil. Nonetheless, I'll give the battlefield to Mirkwood, with heavy heavy casualties.
With ring there's no contest, Elrond wins, that's it.