I am very on the fence over this king and am wondering of your perceptions of him? Do you love him, dislike him, or neither? I really can't make up my mind. Most characters I have strong feelings for one way or the other, but I can't figure this guy out.
I do not really understand his feeling and treatment of the Noldor when they first arrived in Middle Earth. His reception of them seemed chilly at best. Why was this? Did he perceive them as disrespectful? He was also not welcoming of Men at the beginning. Was this just fear of people he did not understand or prejudice? However, he did redeem himself with the fostering of Turin. Also, it seems to me that it would have been in Doriath's best interest had his realm participated in the Fifth Battle. Morgoth was his foe also and Morgoth considered Thingol his enemy as well as the Noldor. I understand that he was angry with the sons of Feanor for the kinslaying and their demands of the Silmaril being returned to them. But the Silmaril did rightfully belong to them and Melian even couseled him to return it. Did the Silmaril begin to have the same effect on Thingol that it did on Feanor? Was he becoming obsessed with the jewel, leading to more division?
I apologize for asking so many questions in this one post, but I do not understand this guy and he confuses me. What do you think of him?