First Look at Evangeline Lily as Tauriel in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

The second official photo from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (The Hobbit 2) was unveiled this morning by EW and depicts LOST star Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.

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Tauriel, is an elf warrior but you won’t find her in the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel. She is a new character created by Director Peter Jackson and his co-writers on the Hobbit trilogy, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. They invented the character to expand the world of the elves of Mirkwood Forest — and to bring some more female energy to the otherwise male-dominated Hobbit narrative.

“She’s slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill,” says Lilly, “Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard,” Lilly explains. “She’s a Sylvan Elf, which means she’s of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. She doesn’t hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she’s much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.”

Tauriel isn’t only a fierce warrior; she has a softer side, too. “She will definitely have a love story,” Lilly says. “I can’t give away too much about it. It’s not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions.” Will that romance involve Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, by any chance? Lilly won’t say definitively one way or the other, but she does offer this much:

“Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, [Elven king] Thranduil, has a soft spot for Tauriel and sees something very special in her. So if you grow up side by side, and your dad has a very special spot in his heart for this young woman who’s a fantastic warrior, I think it’s hard not to notice her.” She laughs. “That’s probably as much as I can say.”

Jackson and his team have the rights to play with Tolkien’s original story because in the 70s Tolkien sold his film rights to movie studios in order to leave some money to his family. Die hard Tolkien fans may not be happy about this drastic change to the book but personally I can’t wait to see Tauriel in the next film!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, set for release on December 13th, joins Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Ian McKellen with newcomers Evangeline Lily, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, and Billy Connolly.

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About Josephine Hardy

A 26-year-old writer from Melbourne, Australia currently living with her husband in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Content Marketing Producer at Simply Measured, hobby genealogist, cat lover, and world traveler.

Posted on June 5, 2013, in Film News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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