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Here’s your first official look at former Lostee Evangeline Lilly as the bow-slingin’ Elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s upcoming “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. I’m still amazed the first “Hobbit” movie made as much money as it did, and it almost didn’t get made. Go figure.
According to Lilly herself, Tauriel is “slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill”. I would be too if I had to wear a funky green outfit that made me look like a character from those Zelda games. Ahem.
Lilly also explains about Tauriel’s position to EW:
Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard. 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.
And as for Tauriel’s relationship with LOTR’s most famous Elf, Legolas (pictured below, with Luke Evans from the sequel):
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. That’s probably as much as I can say.
Starring Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, Christopher Lee, and Aidan Turner.
Stringing that bow this December 13, 2013.
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