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King Thranduil Oropherion by Lomelindi88 King Thranduil Oropherion by Lomelindi88
SCRAPPING THIS. Finally designed/redrew him here: [link]

For anyone that doesn't know, this is King Thranduil of Greenwood the Great, aka the father of Legolas from the 'Lord of the Rings'. ^^ He's a major character in the prequel to the triology, 'The Hobbit', where he both imprisons and befriends Bilbo when the hobbit trespasses in his forest.

Thranduil is a fascinating character, if you ask me. Most fanfic authors show him as being a very fond, if not overprotective father, and rightly so. ^^ He seems like a bastard at first in 'the Hobbit' but he's shown as being a just and powerful king who keeps evil away from his people and his forest WITHOUT the use of a Ring of Power. This is an impressive task considering Galadriel and Elrond have to use Rings to keep *their* kingdoms clean.

I HAD been planning to sit down and actually design a decent outfit (and hairdo) for this character because he deserves so much more than to be a random doodle, but I was bored out of my mind during work and I had nothing else to do. ^^; I'll design a bigger, neater picture of him later. (Not sure where I got the slightly-wavy hair idea from, but I think it suits him. If he had straight hair, I think it'd be too hard to tell him apart from Legolas, who is --by most people's beliefs-- supposed to look pretty much like him.)

Media: ballpoint pen, computer paper (touched up in PS CS2)
Time: 20 mins
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musrusticus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  New member
Call it "Young Thranduil" and be prouder of it!  It's wonderful, and your talent is to be admired!  - love from a fellow Thranduil fanatic.
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Ceilika Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Artist
You should write a Thranduil and reader story. I would love to read that. Send it to me if you are my gmail is Bakuraxryou96@gmail.com. Love the drawing
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LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice use of the correct proper titles!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks very good too :)
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PippinIncarnate Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
thranduilllllllllll


eeee i just love him in your style, and especially with this gradient line art >3
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Blueflame98 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Des~ Very nice! I love how you captured his imperiousness without making him the "evil!Thranduil" who seems to pop up in too many fics.
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Magicians-Maiden Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Wow! :wow: He looks absolutely amazing here, if you ask me. Especially for a 20 minute pen sketch. :)
And, as a side note, you are one of the *very* few people who draw Thranduil GORGEOUS (:love:) and didn't use an Orlando Bloom promo! :D [No offence to Orlando; it just gets annoying after a while]

Anyway, I'm glad someone else thinks that Thrnaduil would make a protective father. Most of the fanfics I've seen have him portrayed as a heartless bastard to everyone, including Legolas (probably due to his wife's death during childbirth, I believe), or nice toall elves in Greenwood/Mirkwood, except Legolas, to which he abuses. Badly. :(
If you ask me, I think he'd be VERY protective and loving to Legolas, since he is his *only* son. He probably worried like hell when Legolas joined the Fellowship.

Okay, got side tracked there. ^^;
As I've said, LOVELY PICTURE. AMAZING :+fav:
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GreenInkling Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
:nod::nod: There seemed to be an inconsistency with the way the elves were portrayed in the Hobbit vs. TLotR. But of course Tolkien hadn't yet realized that those elves would be the Quenya of his great mythology. So I always take that into consideration when reading about Thranduil's bullying the dwarves (and wanting a share in the gold - that doesn't seem very elf-like).

I would venture to say that Thranduil's was a lesser kingdom, and perhaps thats why he wasn't as threatened and in need of a ring of power. While Elrond and Galariel's people were Eldar. :shrug:

It is a very lovely portrait of him. You have a way with elfin-wear. ;)
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Lomelindi88 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
Nope, Thranduil and Legolas are Sindar elves, which count as the Eldar. The Eldar were all the elves that answered the call of the Valar in the beginning of time, but while the Noldor made it to Valinor, the Sindar got stuck at the edge of Middle-Earth. They are supposed to be the wisest of the elves that never made it to Valinor though, hence why the House of Oropher rules over the Silvan (lesser 'wood elves';) in Mirkwood/Greenwood. I wouldn't call Mirkwood a lesser kingdom either, though. The major difference is that Thranduil didn't get a ring of power, whereas both Elrond and Galadriel has one. Personally, I think he's such a harsh character because he needs to be. Sauron's tower is very close to Mirkwood and he has to keep the evil at bay by force, not by power.

I think the obsession with gold is a bit off, too. ^^; Not sure why that is, but it may be because Thranduil just has... issues. His father died an extremely violent death during the first war of the ring and it was Prince Thranduil who had to lead what few warriors Mirkwood had left back home. As if losing his father wasn't traumatic enough, he was forced to be king and also break the news to most of his people that their father/son/brother was gone. :(

Awww, I think I just pity him a lot. XD;; Thanks for liking the character!
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GreenInkling Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
:doh: I meant Noldor when I said "Eldar."

Now you make me want to give him some love because people don't pay as much attention to him as to Elrond and Galadriel. It also makes me realize what a big deal it was that his son came to the Council and joined the Fellowship.
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