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Thranduil in The Hobbit

TOR.n has a photo of Lee Pace dressed in his Thranduil outfit, taken from a movie-tie-in book.

Thranduil picture (spoilers, obviously)

It's hard to make too much of a photo, but he seems too... Lothlorienish? to me. That makes sense given Thranduil was a prince of Doriath, just like Celeborn, and also because he's just an elf with fair-colored hair. Also because he's Legolas's dad; there's a definite resemblance going on here.

Still, from a cultural standpoint, this look is too stern. Not really what I expected given the book - Thranduil is obviously a king, but this look makes him seem almost like a high elf. Which would be one of those things that ends up bothering me unless this is his look for council and they balance that with less regimented wardrobe in other contexts. I'll withhold judgment, of course, until I actually see the move.


Aug. 31st, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
He does look rather Celeborn-ish. To repeat more or less what I just said on jay_of_lasgalen's thread, I like the fierceness, but my mental Thranduil is a little more, I don't know, grumpy; and I'd never pictured him as quite that flamboyant (my!Thranduil would think that outfit was terribly Lothlorien, dahling).

(I have this theory that Thranduil is secretly more like a Dwarf - stubborn, proud, loyal, practical, grumpy - than he'd ever admit, and that this may be both why he is so prickly about them, and also why Legolas ultimately becomes bosom friends with a Dwarf...)

I also have an uneasy feeling he's dancing just on the edge of campness, which after the way Celeborn turned out in FoTR has me slightly concerned. But I'm willing to be convinced!

(OTOH I can, somehow, believe this is Orlando!Bloom!Legolas's father. After all, Legolas betrayed a certain weakness for glittery tunics at Aragorn and Arwen's wedding...)
Aug. 31st, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong that I have nuzgul off a publicity photo? I'm imagining this being some artist's idea of helping Mirkwood's cause by making their king look like a fashionable Lothlorien elf - a portrait that Thranduil never consented to and certainly didn't approve of, and Legolas's turning up in that ridiculous (if pretty) tunic at Aragorn's wedding was a way of poking fun at Dear Old Dad.
Sep. 1st, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
OWWWwww! Gerroff bunny!



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