This might be a long post so I apologize in advance.
Personally, I was never really a fan of Lord of the Rings. But I watched The Hobbit series because, well, my friends wanted to watch a movie and they chose that one.
Honestly, I never really understood Lord of the Rings as a child. All I know was that the movie were beautiful and long. My favourite back then as a child was Legolas.
I only liked Legolas because, well, how could I not like him. He was good looking and he was a very good archer. Other than that, he had really nice long blonde hair and he was graceful. It was hard for me to not like him. Therefore, back then, as a child, I only watched Lord of the Rings for Legolas.
Then, when I watched The Hobbit, I was so glad to see Legolas. It was like seeing an old friend again from my childhood that I vaguely remember.
AND THEN, his father was introduced. Lord Thranduil, the King of the Wood Elves.
From that moment on, Legolas had to move aside because I really like his father now. His father was absolutely beautiful and fabulous. However, that was not the only thing that attracted. There was something deeper in his character. The way he carries himself.
He is King but it looked like the weight of his crown was heavy, no matter how beautiful it was. And that was what interests me.
So when I watched the final movie to The Hobbit series, I truly enjoyed it because I got to see Thranduil character more.
I think the reason that I connected with Thranduil as a character is because character such as his are so rare.
I miss having fabulous kings with luscious beautiful hair who can fight when it's needed.
I miss having characters where their motives aren't shown so clearly and they are misunderstood in the beginning (some manage to see through this while others don't).
And I have a thing for characters with long perfect hair. (Lucious Malfoy from Harry Potter, Lestat from The Interview with the vampire and last but not least, Phillipe or Louis from The Man in the Iron Mask)
There are people out there who think that man are ugly with long hair. Well, they are wrong. Long hair were only for nobles in the past. It's a symbol of power and prestige. Not only that, it's also a symbol of intelligence. So yea.
The reason why I like a character like Thranduil is because I, myself, have a character like this in my head.
Yes, and his name is Xerxes.
Xerxes is my fabulous intelligent character. But at the same time, like Thranduil, there's a pain in him that is so deep rooted that it controls everything he does.
By watching Thranduil, my head is trying to give more character to Xerxes or rather make him more fabulous. I am currently wondering if I should give him long hair or his best friend, long hair. lol.
Anyhow, I guess Thranduil character is beautiful to me because he is an elf. Elves lives very deep profound lives and they only marry once. Therefore, if their loved ones die, they will never remarry and they will mourn till the end of time. He lost his wife.
And because he has a son, he has to raise his son alone and that breaks my heart.
Other than that, he probably hates fighting because he saw his father and fellow elves comrades die in the battle of the last alliance.
This little details about his character makes me very curious about his thoughts processes and his motives.
Point is, I love Thranduil character because to me, I think it's well done.
If there was a movie just on Thranduil and Legolas, I will definitely watch it.