A Case of Mistaken Identity

Author: Coriel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The True Colors of Thranduil as Shown and Proven in Canon: a short essay.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Coriel doesn't leave anything to chance in this thorough, remarkable, and very convincing essay on Thranduil. Working almost exclusively from canon sources Coriel walks the reader through a series of conclusions and disproves some of the absurdities that run rampant throughout much of the LotR fandom. This is Thranduil as he should be portrayed. Coriel acknowledges faults, weaknesses, strengths, abilities, and looks at the few references we have in canon that speak of Thranduil or that speak indirectly of Thranduil (such as statements made by Legolas and others). Wonderful essay that leaves no doubt as to who earned the title of "Greenwood's Greatest King."

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I read this and immediately sang "Hallelujah!" Point by point refutation of the bad fanon clich├ęs about Thranduil's character (that he is abusive, mean, greedy, lecherous, etc., whatever is needed so that Legolas may endure "drama")-Thranduil fans will want this bookmarked for the days when they can't resist coming to the King of Mirkwood's defense, even though such arguments seem ultimately futile.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Thank you, Coriel, for this fine and logical defense of Thranduil, based on quotable remarks from canon and logical reasoning from those. I admit, fanon made me want to read The Hobbit to see what was up with that Evil!Thranduil. And I didn't find him there. I found a good ElvenKing.