Movie-verse: Thranduil and Legolas’ relationship | Lurker in the Mirk
Rated: Fiction T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Legolas, Thranduil to Mirkwood and resumed, at the least, a working relationship with the Elven King. . advice and opinions were reassuringly sound and well considered. Their relationship was not described in Tolkien's books beyond Thranduil being Legolas' father, but in Peter Jackson's films, Thranduil was portrayed as the stern father and Legolas the obedient son -- until Tauriel came between them, and Legolas began to question his father's. Legolas doesn't exactly have a close relationship with his father and this goes into the demise of his mother. Thranduil has closed himself off.
Yeah, that… that makes sense. I mean, obviously the guy who has been cartoonishly isolationist so far and who has shown no sign whatsoever of changing his views, whose only action in this movie has been to call home his one trusted point of contact with the outside world, is going to get involved in a brewing war that has nothing whatsoever to do with him.
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So what about the second option: Thranduil is motivated by something else? Well, that would seem to be the only logical conclusion, but in that case, what is this elusive other motivation?
Well, the message he sent seemed to have nothing to do with getting Tauriel back or have any relevance to her at all - the messenger only told her she was banished when Legolas invited her back. Well, upon arriving in Dale, Thranduil never looked for Legolas or asked after him. He seemed to have no interest whatsoever in where his missing son might be. Is he there to confront Thorin?
Oh, and I mentioned Bard. Thranduil does himself say what his motivation is: However, he never really seems driven to go after the necklace in itself and never mentions it after that. It would then have acted as a reminder of why he was there and actually as a neat character point: Another thing they would have been helpful in this regard would have been seeing Thranduil making the decision to get involved.
Again, the last we saw of this guy, he was ordering the borders of his land completely sealed.
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So why is he suddenly interested in the outside world again? But we could then have known something about the decision and the very way in which he made it could tell us his motivation. It could also tell us something about why he decides to get involved in the way that he does.
I have no idea why he does this in the movies. You see, a major thing that is established about Thranduil in the scene where he tries to run away and Tauriel commits high treason for a man she just met - OK, sorry, that was unneeded.
So why does he help the refugees? I can draw my own conclusions, based on how he goes on to treat Bard: It is even further from Mirkwood, and yet Thranduil arrived only a day later than Bard despite - if all this guessing is correct - having to wait for his messenger to return before he even began preparations.
What did he do, teleport? So why is he even trying to get on the good side of people he thinks are worthless and who have no immediate use to him? Well, I think something similar was needed here. Except that we needed Thranduil to interact with people in a plot-important way. You want to know how I would have solved this? Show the scene where Thranduil makes the decision! We could have got some idea of why he was doing it.
Legolas and Thranduil’s Relationship
We could at least have had something like the messenger bringing him a report and we see his reactions to different pieces of news. He could comment on Bard being the leader of the refugees.
He could ask about signs as to whether Thorin was dead or alive. You could even throw in a reaction to the news that Legolas had chosen Tauriel above him because romantic love trumps all other relationships. Oh well, we needed the Gundabad scene. In the Gundabad scene, we learn that Menelmir died there and Thranduil was devastated by her loss. First of all, thanks for showing us that, movie! Thranduil never shows the least sign of being a grieving widower until his conversation with Legolas right at the end when he says that Menelmir would have been proud of him!
Secondly, there was a lot of potential here for developing all of them. Here are some ideas I came up with off the top of my head: If, say, she had been kidnapped and he was trying to rescue her and failed, that would be different to if they were fighting side-by-side and she died in battle. We learn that she had some sort of connection with Tauriel, thus explaining why Tauriel holds the position she does and why Thranduil is so fond of her.
Assuming Menelmir had a military role Legolas and Tauriel briefly but frankly discuss their feelings about one another in the light of the earlier relationship between Thranduil and Menelmir and how that ended.
Finally, if this is supposed to make me feel sorry for Thranduil, it fails. For one thing, as I mentioned at Point 1, he never seems affected. It could have actually had a point. And it keeps getting worse. He is afraid of war. He really does just wade in with every intention of picking an immediate fight, despite the fact that that seems to be wholly against his character. And we see that as soon as the battle kicks off and he starts taking casualties, he reverts to previous form and runs away.
Thranduil is just a bully. I have no idea if that was intentional.
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But this is a big part of why I feel that Thranduil has no redeeming features. The fact that he brought food for the refugees but he then proceeds to treat them as inferior beings. I think the purest example is the fact that the moment Thranduil arrives with supplies and Bard thanks him, he wastes no time assuring Bard and the audience that his motivations are purely selfish.
So as soon as things start going badly for Thranduil, he runs away. But now comes the part where I take the cookie back, because I have to point to all the stuff I said above about how this whole thing is out of character for even movie!
How has someone who seems to have no conception of the real world of international relations managed to hold onto his kingdom for so long? I suspect that I would be a better ruler! But I really ought to stop putting it off. We have the meeting of these two awful, awful characters: Because he is not a poor put-upon innocent in this.
Because why is he running away? Apart from the fact that he started losing, I mean? Well, he says why: I am just going to leave that there. Read it a few more times and let it sink in. I am in a cold, bitter fury. Thranduil for that moment alone. In that moment, I agreed with Tauriel. Someone needed to call this guy out. I believe Thranduil was intended as a villain on the same level as Sauron, Azog or Smaug. This was supposed to be someone evil whom the heroes had to overcome.
And all it took was that line. But I have to move on. Because within the movie, that was actually pretty much a throwaway. Specifically, it was all about Kili. What the hell does Thranduil care about Kili?
The Captain of your Guard just threatened to kill you. Are you seriously telling me that your main concern is that she did it for her dwarf boyfriend? If Kili were another Silvan elf, would you be fine with it?
I appointed her Captain of the Guard? Look at the entire way Thranduil treats her and Legolas up to this point: Which of these is the Captain, which is the prince ss on an outing?
He then quizzes her about the spiders and tells her off for not clearing them properly, which points more to her role as Captain, but quickly turns the conversation to her love life. He smiles indulgently as he speaks - we never see him smile at Legolas - and his voice softens. Tauriel is never censured for chatting and flirting with Kili, despite the fact that Legolas sees her and is clearly unhappy.
Why did he do that? Legolas returns when Tauriel and Kili are having their moment. He just waits patiently for her to be finished.
This tale explores one way in which their relationship and trust could be rekindled. He came on horseback, on a fine grey mare whose lines were inherited from a herd far from Mirkwood. He came with a jaw firm with defiance, clad in travelling clothes of brown and green and armed in the manner of a warrior.
He never did say how he came by the mare, although she seemed to find pleasure in his company, as most animals do with elven kind. She sidestepped with feisty and delicate paces into the stable yard with the white mist of an autumn evening creeping in behind her. At the stable doors, Legolas bade farewell to the two elves of his father's guard who had accompanied him since he met with a patrol on the edges of the realm. I wish to…surprise him. If they wondered at the reluctance to warn Thranduil, they gave no indication of it, knowing their station and having no wish to offend either of the high ranking elves.
He patted the silky mane absently and the horse twisted her head, turning a knowing eye in his direction. There was no delaying it any longer; he'd been gone for several years and in all that time there had been no communication between himself and his father. It was return now, or perhaps never return at all. He slipped to the ground; first he would see to the comfort of the mare. Thranduil needed no warning of his son's return. He had been aware of Legolas's presence long before he met with the patrol.
No word had been sent ahead, and by this he deduced that Legolas was unsure of his welcome, was perhaps still angry.
He would give his son time to approach of his own accord. Time was something of which he had seen much, aeons, stretching back as far as he could remember. A little more time in the life of an immortal should be of small import.
But it is a fact that the passage of some hours weigh more heavily than others, and Thranduil, every nerve alive with the knowledge that his child was nearby, found the hours of this final waiting bowed his shoulders with their immensity. An insidious fear crept into his heart; perhaps his son would turn around and leave without ever reaching the Halls. What would he do then? Cast aside his duties and dignity alike and chase after him? He could not be certain that he would not.
As no king of any worth can be seen with bowed shoulders, Thranduil hid his anxiety beneath an icy exterior, straightened his posture and swept his cloak behind him in a regal manner as he stalked about his business. It was so that Legolas found him, a parchment in one hand and the priceless gems on the other splitting candlelight into brilliant shards as he gestured.
His back was partially turned to Legolas, but his son knew his father was aware of his presence. There was a momentary stillness about the golden head, some unseen change to his expression that made the elf he was addressing look away in deference. The elf bowed and retreated at speed. Legolas sucked in his breath, cursing his own nervousness, and drew up to his full height.
It was not enough; his father was several inches taller than him, the height advantage adding to the factors that always made him feel like an errant child in the Elven King's presence. Legolas swallowed, feeling as though a rough piece of wood had lodged itself in his throat. It was a statement of the obvious; the Elven King was not given to statements of the obvious. He was playing for time, Legolas realised. It made him feel calmer, more secure in his position as the pieces were moved in this stately game.
Thranduil circled him slowly, head tilted as he eyed him up and down. It was unnerving but Legolas ground his teeth and bore it. Legolas eyed him in confusion.
Movie-verse: Thranduil and Legolas’ relationship
The spider nests grow ever more troublesome. There are dark creatures afoot. There is food and wine in my quarters. It was true that nothing could match the purity of the honey on the King's table; the memory of its flowery sweetness brought a rush of saliva to the younger elf's mouth. He blew out a quick breath of frustration and hurried after the Elven King, lengthening his stride to match the longer legs of his parent, careful not to step on what he considered to be the over-indulgent length of Thranduil's cloak.
It was not the most auspicious of new beginnings, but it served well enough. Father and son resumed the somewhat distant relationship they had practised for several centuries. The elves of Mirkwood, having held their collective breath, began to relax. Things were as they had always been. Except they were not.
Legolas had changed in subtle ways; his years apart from his father's influence bringing greater maturity, more wisdom. In turn, Thranduil had made changes of his own.
The events of the battle at the Lonely Mountain caused a fissure in the icy shell with which he'd surrounded his inner self after the death of his wife, a shell that at one time had been porous enough to allow the early years of fatherly interaction with his young elfling, but a shell that had become increasingly cold and brittle until even his son had felt himself excluded.
That fissure had, over the years since the battle, gradually widened and deepened, causing subtle changes in the Elven King's interaction with those in his kingdom and the outside world. To Thranduil, the changes in his son were immediately obvious.