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This is just a very brief outline of Thranduil's history. I plan to re-read the Hobbit in particular very soon, and a more detailed description will follow.

Thranduil, also known as the Elvenking is an elf of Sindar descent. He was born at an unknown time during the first age. He is the only son of Oropher and his unnamed wife. After Oropher was killed during the war of Last Alliance, Thranduil claimed his inheritance, and established a kingdom for himself in what would later be known as Mirkwood. Thranduil was presumed to have a spouse at some point, but nothing is known of her. He has one known son, Legolas, who would later become a member of the fellowship of the ring.

Thranduil has an obvious dislike or distrust of dwarf kind. No one knows exactly the reasoning behind this, but it is speculated that the stem of the issues began with the murder of Elf King Thingol with his Silmaril being pillaged by dwarves. The strained relationship between elves and dwarves is only later mended by the friendship between Gimli, and Legolas.

Thranduil is only mentioned in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and makes no appearance. He is mentioned in more detail in the Silmarillion. His largest part is played in The Hobbit. Whilst Thorin Oakenshield and his company make way through Mirkwood, they are captured by Thranduil's guards. The dwarves refuse the divulge their intentions in Thranduil's realm, and are imprisoned as a result. The dwarves and Bilbo make their escape eventually, using wine barrels to disguise themselves and float down the river.

Thranduil led his forces into the Battle of Five Armies, in which they were victorious. The elves were the first to charge into battle In this instance, and were said to hate the goblins they were facing more than anyone else. During this battle Thorin, along with many others, would fall. Upon Thorin's death, Thranduil returned Orcrist to the fallen dwarves' tomb.

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