The Second Age
King of Greenwood
Tall with silver hair.
Oropher is a Sindarin Elf of Doriath who became the King of the Silvan Elves of Greenwood the Great during the Second Age. His son is Prince Thranduil. He is thus also the grandfather of Legolas. Some of the Sindar of Lindon, not wishing to stay with the dominant Noldor under Gil-galad, chose to go east and live with the Nandor with whom they shared the same Telerin ancestry. Oropher with his people crossed the Misty Mountains and mingled with the Silvan Elves of Greenwood the Great. The Sindar adopted the language and wholly embraced the life of the Silvan Elves.
The Silvan Elves, who originally lived in the south of Greenwood, accepted Oropher as their King, who ruled from his capitol on Amon Lanc.