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Peter Jackson Is Adding Female Characters to The Hobbit

Casting information has been released since Peter Jackson began shooting his adaptation of The Hobbit recently, including a new female character who didn’t exist in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s original story. While she is not confirming, Saorse Ronan, who was directed by Jackson in The Lovely Bones, is rumored to be considered for the role of Itaril, an elf who falls in love with an elf lord.

Here is the casting call:

[ITARIL] FEMALE, A WOODLAND ELF, this character is one the Silvan Elves. The Silvan Elves are seen as more earthy and practical. Shorter than other elves, she is still quick and lithe and physically adept, being able to fight with both sword and bow. Showing promise as a fighter at a young age, ITARIL was chosen to train to become part of the Woodland King’s Guard. This is the only life she has ever expected to live, until she meets and secretly falls in love with a young ELF LORD. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may also be required. LEAD. AGE: 17-27. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P.

Other new characters created by Jackson and his fellow writers, Guillermo Del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Phillippa Boyens are Frodo Baggins’ parents, Primula Brandybuck and Drogo. But what is the most notable about this is that there are zero female characters in The Hobbit. Galadriel has also been added to the story, with Cate Blanchett reprising her role.

Clearly making changes to the original source material paid off the first time. No reason to believe it won’t work again!

(Bleeding Cool)

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  • Sarah Hildebrand

    I’m torn here. I wasn’t crazy about what Jackson did with Arwen in LotR (I give thanks daily that at least she didn’t show up at Helm’s Deep), but he was true to Eowyn. In the end, I would love to see at least a couple female characters as long as it’s done well.

    Tiny nitpick: It’s spelled Saoirse.

  • Jahz

    Can’t say I’m thrilled with the idea. He didn’t exactly mess things up with Arwen in LotR, but this article makes it sound like there’s going to be multiple additions. The more he deviates from the original work, the more room for error there is.

  • Anonymous

    I had to do a double take…I didn’t recognize Peter Jackson. I have been out of the loop for a long time, clearly.

    I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t mind what he did with the Arwen storyline (otherwise Fellowship would have been a sausagefest, minus Galadriel). Also, it allows you to quickly determine who’s read the books and who hasn’t. I wonder if this means that they’ll be focussing a lot of the plot on what goes down in Mirkwood. (Personally, I always wanted to know more about the Lake-men, but I liked the moral ambiguity around the Wood-elves. They had better not cut out Beorn, or…well, I shall write them a sternly-worded letter, that’s what.)

  • Willow

    I’m just slightly disappointed that the big thing for this added character is her love story. It’s not enough she’s a badass guard who could be introduced for that reason alone. She has to be in love, probably problematically, with an elf lord. Could be fine but I’m usually against adding romantic entanglements to stories, especially a story that already has a ton of plot.

  • Anonymous

    Primula and Drogo are Tolkien creations – they just don’t appear in The Hobbit. Knowing Jackson, we’re going to get some interminable heart-wrenching drowning scene in slow motion. And the Hobbits will always cry. All the freakin’ time.

    “Clearly making changes to the original source material paid off the first time.”

    Yes, because that pointless five minute adventure on the toppling staircase in Fellowship and the needlessly drawn-out chase with Arwen really added so much to the pacing and depth…

  • Anonymous

    I fully expect that she’ll have a domineering father/society who disapproves of what they do, and that she has to fight to be taken seriously as a woman. Just like what they did with Eowyn. Grrr.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t a fan of their treatment of Eowyn. Instead of treating Shield-women as legitimate members of Rohirrim society, they push Eowyn as a trite old “nobody takes me seriously as a warrior because I’m a woman” nonsense. What’s more, they give her a ridiculous puppy-love obsession with Aragorn that makes her eventual bonding with Faramir look like a rebound, and completely change the reasons she was to stay behind in Rohan to exacerbate the whole “women have no place in war” nonsense.

    Bah, I know, I’m a giant nitpicker…

  • Constance

    I hope the love BS has since been cut out. What a convenient way to get rid of a female character.