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BREAKING: First Look at Lee Pace as Thranduil!

Harper Collins has just released The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Almanac 2013 (alternately called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013)! It is available on for £7.99. You can also find it at the Weta Cave! (US Hobbit fans can pre-order on Amazon for its November 6 release.)

According to Middle-earth News reporter Jack Machiela of, “The book is a hard cover, issued by HarperCollins Children’s Books, and it’s essentially a puzzle and activities book for kids. It’s a lovely looking book, very glossy and lots of fun stuff for the younger crowd, say, about 7-10 year olds.

“What’s a little odd is that it’s such a high quality pressing – it’s supposed to be scribbled on by children, which seems such a waste of a great looking book. It’s a beautifully bound hardcover with full colour glossy pictures on all pages. What’s also a bit odd is that the book is aimed pretty much at the children that The Hobbit book is aimed at – age 6 and up. Wasn’t Peter Jackson making a much darker movie? Why aim this at the younger market? Isn’t that a bit like having a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre Crayon Colouring Book”?

“One of the most delightful pages is the one that shows King Thranduil (played by Lee Pace) in all his glory. It’s officially the first time he’s been seen – there’s been lots of speculation about what Legolas’s father might look like, but here he is!”

 You can certainly see the family resemblance to his son, Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom.

Jack has more pictures on his website. Make sure to visit! Flickr user BexlinJ has also uploaded some photos from the book. Prepare to geek out!

I love Thranduil’s crown and think he looks spot on! What do you think of our first look at the Elven king of Mirkwood?

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  1. Silvercrow says:

    Looks even better than what I imagined. That crown is perfect. Wish I could live in Mirkwood.

  2. The only problem I have with the overall look is the eyebrows. Why the strikingly blond hair and then these darker than normal eyebrows that almost reach out and grab you?? It looks odd.

    Other than that, I love the crown, the bling, the robe . . .win, win all the way around . . .cept for the brows.

    • No, I don’t think it’s the problem at all. Legolas’s eyebrows are dark, too. And don’t you think it makes him look much hotter and charismatic? It’s perfect.. 😉

  3. -Cries his little hobbit eyes out- The eyebrows! Why the eyebrows?!

  4. I absolutely love it! Love. It.

  5. Hey, remember that PJ’s Legolas had eyebrows darker than his hair, too.

  6. It’s not the colour of the eyebrows that’s the problem. It’s the SIZE of the freaking things! Pluck that s**t, Thran!

  7. The eyebrows bother me… dont remember Legolas have such dark eye brows..

  8. Wow! Amazing! PJ hits a bullseye again!

  9. Hey, he’s definitely better than the Rankin/Bass version. 😉

  10. Looks Legola’s father totally.

  11. His ring is very reminiscent of Galadriel’s brooch.

  12. victorialadybug says:

    He makes a fine Elfking, that’s for sure. Loving the look. Especially the crown!

  13. Those are not eyebrows – those are the dark caterpillars of Mirkwood!

    ((well done, Lily!))

  14. LOL Roz. I was just thinking that! They look like caterpillars.

  15. Evie Bowman says:

    I think he’s really impressive. Just loving the look.

  16. When I saw the crown, the first thing I thought of was Mimbari from Babylon 5. But other than that, he looks suitably elven to me.

  17. The crown works well indeed and he certainly looks like he could be Legolas’ father.

  18. -=Continues to cry at the eyebrows=-

  19. Much win. You’ll get used to the eyebrows. 😉

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  22. He looks like the mysterious, silent type that could do anything unexpected at any minute. Thus, the dark, unexpected eyebrows fit in well with that character. I think because of their long-lived quality, Elves may eventually get grey or lighter hair, but it takes even longer for the eyebrows to get there. Just my theory! lol.

  23. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre coloring book” … okay, I do have a warped sense of humor because I actually chuckled at that one. But, as a serious collector’s item, the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Almanac sounds like a beautiful addition to any collection, and I am sure if I am given the opportunity to catch up on purchasing all the great stuff published so far — I would snatch that up as well! In fact, I have some time today … I think I will go scope out the bookstores to see what’s on the shelves. It doesn’t hurt to look, does it?

  24. Looks like he’s got a little touch of Malfoy in him, IMHO…

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  26. I can overlook the brows– looks even better than I imagined– very cool and regal and strangely beautiful. Love the ice-y, peircing eyes and his strong nose and jaw. I’d bow to him. …and yes…Malfoy has made it to Middle Earth.

    • Oh…and nice to have a “fresh elf” in the story…lol! Still wish they would have put Glorfindel in LOTR.

  27. i love his acting in “the fall” and “soldier’s girl”

  28. Helle Stenberg says:

    He is the perfect mix of King Balor and Lucius Malfoy <3

    I LOVE him! But yea… pretty violent brows 🙂

  29. Kendra Kate says:

    *sound of amusement* the eyebrows are probably more striking here because of the blonde hair. I never noticed the eyebrows on Lee Pace when he was in other movies and they actually look good on him xD here…not so much 0.0 the Bush twins make a return ;P Legolas must have inherited his mother’s eyebrows.
    That aside…
    All hail King Caterpillar! *bows*

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