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A Case of Mistaken Identity  by Conquistadora 67 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: 10 on 10/1/2021
Nicely written! I couldn’t bring myself to watch the third Hobbit movie, but what had been shown of Thranduil by that point was already bat-sh** crazy … so, yeah. This works as a very nice ‘appendix’ (so to speak, as Tolkien like appendices so well :-) to those stories which show him in a better (and, IMO, more realistic) light. Very good info, I really enjoyed!

PS - I only recently got Morgoth’s Ring — have only read Finrod and Andreth so far, but looking forward to the rest.

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/8/2019

You write such a ringing defense of Thranduil. Thank you. Point by point you disprove the misconception citing Canon text. I don't understand why he he gets such a bad rap. He is defensive and protective, yes, because life had taught him he needed to be. Is he maybe a little rough around the edges, yes. But again life lessons! He through the sheer force of his will, charisma and the strength and dedication of his elven warriors he maintains Mirkwood.

Having rewatched the Hobbit trilogy and also watched on YouTube the Hobbit film blogs that PJ produced during the making of the films, I think that Peter jackson and Pippa Boyens also had a less harsh view of Thranduil. Not quite sure the finished version of Thranduil that appears on screen quite meets up with the vision of him they speak of in the blogs. But it is none the less an Interesting portrayal. I do love Lee Pace's Thranduil, while harsh and some lines are troubling I think he portrays the restrained hurt and tight control of someone who has been hurt a great deal and has closed off a large portion of his emotional life in order to fulfill his duties. And in the end he does open up a little to realise what his closing off has cost him, namely his son.

Granted that last paragragh was a bit tangential to your wonderful and very thorough discussion, hope you didn't mind. :-))

Author Reply: So glad you enjoyed it!

I agree about the (very right) conclusions Peter Jackson and Co reached about Thranduil as a character not quite making it to the screen intact. Oh, well.

Thanks for all the comments! :)

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/8/2019
Thank you for pointing that Thranduil did not have a ring of power with which to defend his kingdom. Galadriel had Nenya and Elrond had Vilya but Thranduil had only the force of his will and his elven archers to defend Mirkwood. So if he was a little prickly at times, who could really blame him. He had much to contend with!

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/8/2019
looking through your list of stories I saw this at the bottom and I have only read the first entry but I completely agree. Thranduil gets completely short shrift. He is not perfect but he is not as many fanfics portray him. And Breathe I will continue to read!


mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 8 on 11/1/2019
You made my day with such wonderful news!!!! I am over the moon that you are going to update story about Thranduil.

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/1/2019
Could you please tell me where the last two articles could be found? I would love to read them.

Author Reply: It was so long ago that first one seems to be lost, but I was able to find the post by Karri in a few places. :)

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 9 on 11/1/2019
Yes!!! No one will move him.

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 8 on 11/1/2019
What do you think about the scene when Thranduil brought his army while Smaug was attacking Erebor? He was wearing no armor so he wasn't prepared for battle so why did he take his army? I absolutely love your ideas and I was over the moon to hear you are going to continue We were young once.

Author Reply: Yeah, I wasn't a big fan. It made a good expository movie scene, but didn't seem very practical. I've been figuring out how I'm going to cover The Hobbit material when I get to it.

Author Reply: Also, while the Irish Elk was a very interesting idea, I don't think that would be very practical either. Those antlers do make fabulous decoration, but it was supposed to be a plains animal that began to have trouble and die out partly because its habitat became more wooded. Ah, issues . . . ;)

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm deliberately carving out an evening today to work on the next chapter.

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 6 on 11/1/2019
I agree with every word you wrote. Thranduil as a king was right to ask for reasons why strangers were passing through his kingdom. Let's try to imagine what customer officer would say if a stranger on the airport refused to give reasons for traveling.

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 5 on 11/1/2019
Love idea of Elrond laughing at Thranduil's expense :). Perhaps he was the one who gave to Bilbo this information. Still wonder what Thranduil thought when he found out about it.

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