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Thranduil is a fictional character in 's. He is a supporting character in, where he is referred to legolas as the Elvenking, and he figures briefly in,, and. Tolkien describes Thranduil as having a crown made of thranduil legolas 2018 red leaves and berries in the autumn, and wearing a similar crown of flowers in the spring. Like most of the, he would have been beardless, tall, and grey-eyed. The name "Thranduil" means "vigorous spring" in Sindarin.



Thranduil was one of the, or Grey Elves. Following the end of the First Age and the destruction of much of Beleriand during the many Sindar migrated into the east of Middle-earth. Crossing the, they found populations of living in the woodlands that bordered the River. The Sindar were welcomed by these people and some were made princes over them. In Appendix B of "The Lord of the Rings" Tolkien states that Thranduil was one of the Sindar who migrated eastward early in the Second Age and established kingdoms among the Silvan Elves. Later writings, featured in "Unfinished Tales," make Thranduil's father the founder of the realm. The realm originally included the southern portions of the forest of Greenwood the Great, which was later known as.

At the end of the Thranduil marched with his father and a large army of their people to join the in their war against. The Elves suffered grievous losses, including Oropher, who was slain in the Battle of before the Black Gate of. Following the war, Thranduil, now king of his people, led the remnants of his army, only a third of what had set out, back to their woodland home. Hearing word of the shortly after their return, Thranduil's forces set out to aid the, but arrived too late to save them. However, they did finish the destruction of the orc horde and prevented the mutilation of the dead. During the Thranduil's people migrated northward in the forest, especially after the year 1000 when a shadow began to fall on its south. Thranduil's folk eventually settled in north-east Mirkwood, beyond the Forest River. Here they managed to hold the evil emanating from the feared fortress of at bay and lived lives of guarded peace in both the forest and the great underground halls they built.

Being located so far north, and on the eastern edge of an increasingly perilous Mirkwood, Thranduil's realm became somewhat isolated, but he established cordial diplomatic and trade relations with the and who lived nearby in,, and. However, the attack of the in TA 2770 destroyed Erebor and Dale, and reduced Esgaroth to a shell of its former self; though there remained a healthy wine trade between the lake and the wood. This situation remained unchanged until the arrival of and a company of in TA 2941, on their quest to reclaim Erebor. The Dwarves were captured by Thranduil's guards and, suspicious of their intentions, he had them locked in his dungeons from which they later escaped inside barrels. After the death of Smaug, Thranduil along with the people of Esgaroth demanded a share of the treasure of Erebor, beginning a confrontation with the Dwarves, who were reinforced by an army from the, that nearly led to war. War with the Dwarves was averted by the intervention of the upon the arrival of the allied forces of and. The combined army of Elves, Dwarves, and Men was victorious in the ensuing, but at great cost of life. Following the battle, Thranduil established generally positive relations with the re-established kingdoms of Erebor and Dale, but ancient grievances and prejudices between the Dwarves and Elves continued to strain the friendship between the peoples.

Thranduil did what he could to aid his allies during the, including holding the creature in his dungeons for interrogation by Gandalf on the history of the. Gollum soon escaped with the aid of Orcs, and Thranduil sent his son to to seek the counsel of and Gandalf on this and other matters.Thranduil and his people withstood attacks by Sauron's forces during northern of the war. Having routed their foes in the north, Thranduil's forces moved south, and joined with the armies of under and in destroying Dol Guldur, cleansing Mirkwood of Sauron's taint of evil, and Thranduil, along with Celeborn, renamed Mirkwood Eryn Lasgalen, The Wood of Greenleaves. After the war, Thranduil's realm was expanded to include all Mirkwood north of its central mountains, and he and his people enjoyed peace. Whether he departed Middle-earth for is unknown.


In the, Thranduil is voiced by.

Thranduil is one of the playable Elven heroes in (2006), joining,,, and the Dwarves in destroying in the final battle of the good storyline, and falling to the Goblins mustered by the in the alternate evil storyline.

In the Thranduil is portrayed by American actor. announced the casting news on 30 April 2011, while simultaneously revealing that Pace had been a favorite for the part, after he saw his performance in. In the films, Thranduil rides a giant, similar to a. He mentions having encountered dragons before and reveals a massive scar on his face caused by dragonfire, which he then heals or magically conceals instantly by force of will. Legolas's mother is completely absent from Tolkien's writings, so the adaptations offer the explanation that she perished some time earlier during the war between elves and the forces of at.

Thranduil first appeared in the of, where he appears before. The extended edition also explains that the rift between the elves and the dwarves was caused when Thrór refused to hand over the White Gems of Lasgalen, which the Elvenking desired. Rewording Tolkien's explanation in the novel, Bilbo explains that the dwarves tell a different story: that Thranduil refused to pay them their full due, so they took what he had originally promised. Thranduil shows up with an Elven army on the day the dragon destroyed Dale and Erebor, but leaves the surviving dwarves to fend for themselves on seeing the might of the dragon and knowing what it could do to his army.

In, he appears as an anti-hero. After his elves have captured the company of Thorin, Thranduil offers to help Thorin in return for the jewels, but Thorin refuses and Thranduil decides to lock the dwarves in his dungeon. Having noticed his son's affection for, a captain of the guard, Thranduil orders her to not pursue the relationship - because she is a "lowly Silvan Elf" (Wood Elf) while Thranduil and Legolas are Sindar (Grey Elves), a higher order of Elves. Thranduil's kingdom faces increasing attacks from the evil giant spiders pushing up from southern Mirkwood, where the Necromancer's corruption over the forest is spreading out from Dol Guldur. In response to this growing threat, Thranduil pursues an policy, focusing his warriors on defending their own borders. When Tauriel suggests that the Necromancer's forces will simply move on to attack their weaker neighbours, Thranduil replies that he is not concerned with those outside his kingdom. After a captive orc reveals 's return, Thranduil orders his kingdom to be completely sealed off from the outside world, though Legolas and Tauriel leave in pursuit of the orcs. Thranduil banishes Tauriel from his realm for her disobedience and orders Legolas to return, though his order is defied.

When news of Smaug's death is made known to him in, Thranduil leads an Elven army to claim the white jewels from the dwarves of Erebor by force. He allies himself with and refuses 's counsel regarding the approaching Orc army. Thranduil's army almost comes to clashes with the forces of when the Orcs reveal themselves, leading to the. Thranduil himself fights in the battle against the Orcs, before deciding to withdraw his forces when the defense of Dale results in many Elven casualties. This leads to a confrontation between him and Tauriel before she and Legolas go to aid Thorin at Ravenhill. The event caused a rift between Thranduil and his son, and in the aftermath of the battle Thranduil advises Legolas to seek out the Ranger known as among the. Thranduil also accepts Tauriel's love for Kili when he finds her mourning over the dwarf's death.

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Inline citations[]

  1. The History of Middle Earth vol. 12, The Peoples of Middle Earth, II: "The Appendix on Languages", Languages at the end of the Third Age
  2. Unfinished Tales, 335.
  3. Unfinished Tales, p. 276.
  4. A wife of Thranduil is neither named nor discussed in any of Tolkien's writings.

General references[]

  • (1937),, ed.,, Boston: (published 2002),   
  • (1955),,, Boston: (published 1987), Appendix B, "The Tale of the Years",   
  • (1980),, ed.,, Boston:, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn," Appendix B: "The Sindarian Princes of the Silvan Elves",   

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