Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Nerd Moment: Fan-art Win

While the substance of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was initially a colossal disappointment, in the ensuing weeks I've at least managed to appreciate the scenery, soundtrack, and almost every clip of Legolas.  I've been trying to imagine Thranduil's cavern palace for years.  Also, just hearing them say some of the token Sindarin words I've been using in fanfiction since I was eighteen was fabulous.

Meanwhile, considering myself an unauthorized authority on all things Thranduil, I wasn't thrilled with Lee Pace's incarnation of the character.  I do approve his voice, if he could just speak without the affected zombie cadence Peter Jackson's ruling Elves seem to favor.  Just spit it out already.

The upside is that the new movies have inspired scads of fan-art online, most of which is blah, some of which is humorous, and a very few of which are absolute gems.

This was the first and only decent artist rendering of Thranduil I could find, meeting Celeborn in Greenwood after the War of the Ring.  No idea who the artist actually is.  The fact that it doesn't show his face just made it less problematic.  Though, it would be nice to not have to imagine Thranduil's face all the time, and Lee Pace just doesn't cut it.

Huzzah!  An idle internet search turned up this beauty by NaSyu, which for all intents and purposes looks like somebody printed my mental image on canvas.  If I could just learn to draw faces, we wouldn't have these problems.  In the meantime, I have this, which I open on my laptop whenever I attempt to write these days.

Now for the bonus round!  Last night I actually found an exceptionally good young Thranduil by Brilcrist.  And his eyes are actually green!  SCORE!  I'll have to keep periodically checking Google Images for further developments.

Add this just because it's cute.  ^_^


  1. I found my way here from your account at Stories of Arda. Have you searched DeviantArt yet for pictures of Thranduil? If not, give it a try. He has become fairly popular there, and while most of the realistically-drawn ones are based on Lee Pace, you may find some things you like anyway.

    Most of my favorite ones do look like Lee Pace, but here are some specific recommendations that don't:
    (One of the comments down the page has a rough translation.)
    (No face again, but still nice.)
    (More no face.)
    (Entirely movie-verse, but cute.)
    (This is Oropher.)

    Actually, check out everything by kimberly80. She has loads of gorgeous watercolor paintings of Tolkien characters, mostly elves and the Valar.

    Also, I have to say this, but I hope you have had the time and inclination to work on your stories lately :D

    1. Thank you for the links! I do browse DeviantArt now and again, but I had not seen some of these before. And, in other good news, I actually have been writing lately. My husband and I have been collaborating on a story featuring Thranduil, Legolas, and Imrahil in Gondor, and it's really picking up. I've been doing lost of exhaustive plotting ahead of time to be sure it doesn't linger "In Progress" forever. Hopefully we can start posting it soon! :)

    2. I know it's been a while since you replied to me, but....

      Yay, another story!! How is it coming? Has "We Were Young Once" been abandoned? Not that I'm not thrilled for another story regardless of what it is, but I'm just wondering :)