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Entertainment Weekly: First Look at Evangeline Lilly’s Elf Tauriel

Image Credit: EW Weekly

Image Credit: EW Weekly

Many Tolkien fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Peter Jackson’s second part of The Hobbit trilogy The Desolation of Smaug, which will open on December 13.

A lot of the growing excitement surrounding this particular installment has to do with the addition of new characters, including Thranduil the Elven King of Mirkwood, Beorn, Bard the Bowman, and of course the dragon Smaug. But there has been one character in particular that has caused some controversy within the Tolkien community. A character created solely for the film that does not exist within Tolkien’s narrative: Tauriel, a Mirkwood elf warrior played by actress Evangeline Lilly.

This morning, Entertainment Weekly published an exclusive article offering a first look into Lilly’s character Tauriel.  Tauriel is a Sylvan Elf, an elf of a lower “order” than other elven characters such as Arwen or Legolas but according to Lilly,  Tauriel “sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.” In the article, Lilly also alludes to a possible romance between Tauriel and Orlando Bloom’s character Legolas.

Evangeline Lilly mentions that she knows that there will be “people who will totally hate Tauriel,” but is optimistic saying “if anyone knows how to respect Tolkien, it’s Peter, Fran and Phil. And Tauriel fits perfectly in that world.”

So what can we expect from Tauriel? At this point, it is difficult to say, but you can see her, along with Bilbo and Company in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on the big screen this winter.

To read more about Tauriel, check on the full Entertainment Weekly article here.

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  2. Hmmmmm. I’m trying not to judge Tauriel too much before I see her in the movie but I can’t help but feel nervous about the love interest part. Having a love interest doesn’t make her weak or anything like that it’s just… I don’t know. I’m not feeling it. The Hobbit doesn’t need romance, I think. And since she does apparently have a love interest, I’m sincerely hoping it won’t be the most important thing about her.

    There’s the rumors about Kili having a crush for her, which bugs me because of how special Gimli’s feelings are for Galadriel. And then there’s the rumors about Legolas and Tauriel having some sort of “thing” going on. I don’t know the truth, so I can’t take a firm stance on the matter. Ahh, I just hope she’s a good character.

    Anyway, I think she looks great. I especially love her weapons!

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  4. lilymilos says:

    I feel the same way, Myla. I’m really quite pleased that there’s going to be a girl (who’s to say all those unnamed elves weren’t women, right?), but I roll my eyes at the idea of a romance. It doesn’t have to be like, “Ooohh, a girl! Let’s make a looooove story.” Even if it’s unrequited love.

    And I do really want to like her, so I plan on crossing my fingers and tiptoeing into the cinema.

  5. I’m with you, ladies! There’s no need for romance, we girls already love ‘The Hobbit’ just the way it is. I’m not opposed to Tauriel’s character, though. I’m a fan of Lilly’s, so I’m excited to see her in this role, I just don’t want to see a love interest take over the main story line.

  6. PS: I WANT THAT RECURVE BOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Hipnotik says:

    I agree, ladies. I didn’t watch LOTR for the Aragon and Arwen story. I watched it because it was epic. Why are women portrayed as warrior succumb to love? How many male warriors do you see that happening to. She’s strong, and yet, she pines after someone. And for goodness-sake don’t have her pining for Thranduil either. “I’m in love with the king storyline . You have to explain what happened to his wife (killed, divorced, in Grey Havens)? Leave it alone and keep her strong and fierce, if you’re going to stray from the book. That’s just my 0.005 cents.

  8. I really don’t know what expecting about it. I don’t want to judge before have watched the movie and I really hope that Tauriel’s character is good, because I’m a fan of Lilly.

  9. Gah, I’m really not liking the sound of this. 🙁 It has too much of a cliché, “rebel-princess” romance story feel, which I don’t think fits well in Middle Earth, much less the Hobbit. Really, I’m reminded of all those Mary Sues in LotR fan fiction. D: I hope I’m wrong and Jackson pulls this off, but I can’t help but just hope that her role is not too big.

  10. I just wish that they’d die her hair because that red is totally clashing with her tights.

  11. DYE her hair. This is what happens when you type faster than you think.

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