Butterfingers wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:31 pm
As for the laws, you're then saying Thranduil wouldn't follow any tradition (for example, his father's before him?) So he'd make decision based on his current moods and information, and it would then become a law; or would everything be handled as individual cases, and he'd just rule as he felt? It sounds pretty chaotic, would his subjects stand for such a master?
I think what he is saying is that in most monarchies the "laws", whether codified or traditional, are handed down generation after generation. When you are immortal you don't have that, so the system of laws isn't handed down to you, it's yours. You aren't a steward of the legal structure, you are the legal structure.
Certainly some erratic personalities (no comment) might change their mood and their mind on a daily basis, but I suspect Thranduil likes consistency.
As for the composition of the court, I would start by just trying to imagine an interesting and diverse cast of characters, and then justify them being there, rather than starting with a bunch of job descriptions.
For example, "hero" is one of the examples listed in HotW. Ok, what does an Elven hero look like? We have Glorfindel and Legolas as examples, but of course we would want our new hero to be different. He might be a mighty archer, but this is a hero not just a huntsman, so I'm picturing something else. (And, again, we already have Legolas.)
Why is he a member of the court? It's not like Thranduil needs a "champion" to fight single combats for him. Bodyguard? Possible...but, that doesn't ring true for me. Maybe he's simply invited as an honor for past deeds. So what was this past deed? Is he simply a mighty warrior who performs heroic deeds in war? Or did he do just one 'heroic' thing that won him fame?
This is starting to coalesce for me: he's not obviously a warrior, but he is skilled and courageous, and at some point he did something on his own initiative that was foolish and dangerous and selfless, but he succeeded. And now he is honored and renowned, but he didn't do his deed for fame, and he's not terribly comfortable or happy hanging around in Thranduil's throne room. This is made worse by the fact that he himself thinks he got more than a little luck ("...good thing that Troll stumbled...") or credits the success to his friend who didn't survive, so he doesn't believe he deserves his fame. Maybe his achievement was tinged with, or motivated by, a great loss, and his acclaim does little to assuage his lasting grief. What he really wants to be doing is...something else. (Chasing spiders from Mirkwood? Finding and tending a vanishing species of tree? Searching for something/somebody he lost?) And maybe he likes hearing stories from people who get to do what they want.