Not only am I a bit tired of how every characters viewed as jerks end up hiding huge secrets making them secret victims in fan-works, but also, as a Moriquendi fan, I don't think that the Elvenking Thranduil will ever need that kind of background cheat to explain his actions, since thoses already made sense as far as I was concerned.
...Book-verse at least.
Darn. Now the weight of this Blind King theory is getting obvious and obviouser by the minute. X/
PS (to Aiffe) : You're a somewhat-annoying-definetly-amazing-clever-headcanon-breaker of a fan, you!
... Ah, lemme give you a hug~
I added some edits to the post regarding the next movie, but I'm excited for it too! I certainly think he can fight while blind, if his bit with the orc is anything to go by.
Still, I agree, Lee Pace's Thranduil can be interpreted very well in that way. Perhaps some fanfic author will take this under her or his wing, that would be awesome.
The movie established that he'd been at least on peaceful terms with Thror and visited Erebor, and there's a lot of stuff in the 'verse in general about how elves and dwarves used to be closer, like the password to get into Moria being the Elvish word for "friend." It would also add a certain symmetry to Legolas and Gimli eventually becoming close friends. But I'm not claiming it was canon they were bros or anything. I just like the idea of Thranduil having had some affection towards him, it makes the whole thing more tragic.
The glamor bit is just a word used for illusions of the fae in folklore and a lot of fantasy canons. I can't recall it being explicitly used in the Tolkienverse, but we do see him either creating or dispelling an illusion in the movie--that's canon, no matter what word you use for it--and even in the books, there seemed to be a lot of magic involving illusion or concealment: runes that could only be read by moonlight, or doors only visible when you said the password or at a certain time of year, that kind of thing. I know some book fans are mad, but I don't think the idea of Thranduil concealing a scar deviates all that much from the worldbuilding set forth in Tolkien's canon, where magic concealed all sorts of things all the time.
And yes, there's already two lovely fics! One's added to the post, one I'm about to add and it may be there by the time you read this. Plus I'm working on one myself, though I've been struggling with writer's block.
(You realize him having the ability to hide it WAS movie canon, though? As in, in the movies, it happened. This is not something you want to argue with me about. You're looking for Peter Jackson. I'm not him. I'm "a bit of a die-hard Tolkienite" myself, or at least I was about 15 years ago. But I take the movies at face value. They're their own canon. They don't diminish the books, the books are still there. Fans can cherry-pick things between the two if they like, but ultimately, book canon is not set in stone when dealing with the movieverse. And you know what? Book canon shouldn't be set in stone when dealing with the books, either. That just leads to a lot of elitism and inter-fan bullying and absolutely no fun, because no one can come up with anything, only slavishly worship what Tolkien himself put down. So. The glamoring happened. Elves--some elves, never mind which elves, since it's not like Tolkien rose from the grave and said Sindarin elves can't glamor shit--can make illusions. And. It happened. I don't think it's productive that no one can even play in the movieverse without getting dogpiled by hardcore book fans, simply for using a different official canon. It's making me resent book fans, and I AM a book fan, first and foremost. I can take it, but it's seriously making me wince for new fans.)
I thing I will use it once or twice. (but you'll need translator to read it...)
Seriously I'm not sure that he is completly blind. remember the extended scene from Erebor? doesn't seem blind at all.
And that's wonderful, I hope you have a lot of fun with it. I'd still be curious to see it, maybe I can find someone to translate it for me if that's all right.