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Evangeline Lilly Talks About Her Badass (S)Elf In Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit


Most people know Evangeline Lilly from her time spent on a (mostly) deserted island on ABC’s Lost, but the actress will soon be known from her work on another island – New Zealand! She plays the elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s next two installments of The Hobbit trilogy and recently got to talking about the character. 

We got our first look at the newly created character thanks to some action figure packaging (we believe the image above is her stunt double, it was just too great not to use) but there was still a lot we didn’t know about Tauriel. What we do know, thanks to Lilly, is the new elf is definitely a warrior. Head of the Elven guard to be exact.

Thanks to an interview with Total Film, we know a bit more:

“She’s a very, very young elf,” Lilly told us. “She’s only 600 years old, unlike Legolas who’s like, 1,900 years old and Thranduil who’s about 3,000 years old. She doesn’t have quite the wisdom and pose that those two boys do; she’s a little more… gritty. A little more spontaneous, passionate perhaps.”

Taking her bow in The Desolation Of Smaug, Tauriel is a fighter who makes a mess with finesse. “To play this character I need to have a certain amount of grace,” said Lilly. “But I’m also supposed to be an absolutely ruthless, deadly killer.”

While some Tolkien purists may be upset over a new character being added to the mix I, for one, am excited we’re getting a fierce female character. Something Tokien’s works lacked and something Lilly previously addressed, “The Hobbit didn’t include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really. What Peter, Fran (Walsh) and Philippa (Boyens) have done is all in perfect keeping with Tolkien’s world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story.”

Are you excited to see Tauriel on screen?

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  • Anonymous

    Of all the criticisms I could make of that movie, “They added in a female hero” certainly wasn’t one of them.

  • http://arewerobots.libsyn.com/ DarthBetty

    Agreed. I hope she does not become a romantic interest for anyone, especially Legolas. Hoping they keep true to the continued possibility and shipping of Legolas and Gimli. I mean, they do wander the earth together for years going on adventures.

  • Emily

    I’m very excited!
    I’m sure Tauriel will kick ass.

  • http://twitter.com/OoMelyannaoO Chiara Pasquini

    Sounds like Tauriel will be an awesome character!

  • http://twitter.com/Adele_Quested Eudora Quilt

    She’s going to be the love interest for one of the dwarves – Kili or Fili. I do hope they give her something else to do besides.

  • http://arewerobots.libsyn.com/ DarthBetty

    One of the “handsome” ones? I’m honestly thinking they will force her upon Bard or something random just so there is an element of blockbuster romance. Though I wouldn’t be surprised with a reprised Galadriel obsession joke from the dwarves. I would not be opposed to her ruling as Queen Under The Mountain….ya know if I had to be okay with her as a romantic interest. But she has to have devilish dwarven armor

  • Robert Vary

    Oof, thank goodness. I mean, we’ll see how the character pans out, but I certainly won’t complain about them adding some female characters – especially kick-ass ones – to the Hobbit. Hell, the Lord of the Rings books were a veritable ladies’ night compared to The Hobbit’s Vienna sausage fest. I read the Hobbit out loud to my wife a little while ago, and it’s tough coming up with thirteen-plus male voices, especially when some of the dwarves don’t talk for forty, fifty pages at a time.

  • Unity

    If they manage this without shoehorning a romance angle in on top of it I might be ok with it.

    What am I saying, of course they will.

  • http://twitter.com/detfeitetrollet Lily Helen

    I kinda wish they had made one of the dwarves female…

  • http://twitter.com/Adele_Quested Eudora Quilt

    My guess is the one played by Aidan Turner. Clearly set-up to be the heartrob dwarf. It’s probably going to remain rather chasted though, cut short before anything of substance can develop, considering the canonical ending for that particular character’s storyline.

  • Anonymous

    “Vienna Sausage Fest” – I choked on my diet coke.

  • Carly Hunter

    The world would have imploded

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  • Robert Vary

    Maybe they’re like Discworld dwarves, and some of them ARE female.

  • Robert Vary

    Thank you, I’ll be here all week!

  • Jason Hunt

    Could be good, or could mirror the lameness of Arwen’s revised role in LoTR. Fingers crossed for a logical thinking calculated warrior role.

  • Anonymous

    She has come a long way from Fort Saskachewan.

  • opalexian

    Mmm, she prolly shouldnt have said ‘two-dimenstional’ tho, now there will be uber-super nerdrage…. : /

  • goosecannons

    Was Tauriel in the books? No. Thus I am not excited to see her. Stick to what’s in the books, please – that’s what made them work in the first place. Just say no to Tauriel!

  • Wilf Tarquin

    Isn’t there a joke to that effect in one of the Lord of the Rings movies?

  • Wilf Tarquin

    If they stuck to what’s in the Hobbit, it’d be one movie not a trilogy. And not a very long one at that.