'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Photo with Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel

The 'Lost' actress describes her bow-wielding elf as ruthless and reckless in director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth sequel.
When The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters this December, Middle Earth fans will be treated to an original character who doesn't appear in J.R.R. Tolkien's novels, the elf Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). New Line Cinema has debuted a photo of this bow-wielding elf, taking aim at an unseen enemy from director Peter Jackson's sequel. Take a look at the photo, then read on to see what Evangeline Lilly had to say about her character.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Evangeline Lilly Photo

The role was created by Peter Jackson and co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, to expand the world of the Mirkwood Forest elves. Here's what Evangeline Lilly had to say about Tauriel's role in this elf society.

"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."


Although Tauriel is a fierce warrior, this character will have a love interest that plays a significant factor into the story.

"She will definitely have a love story. 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."


When asked if this lover is Orlando Bloom's Legolas, she would not confirm nor deny, but did say that Tauriel's relationship with Legolas is significant.

"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."


Since this character is a completely fresh addition, Evangeline Lilly spoke about the purists who will likely hate her character, an experience which Lost helped prepare her for.

"I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are going to be people who will totally hate Tauriel, think that she shouldn't be in the movie, that it's a betrayal of Tolkien, and no matter what I do it won't be right. There will be everything between that and people who adore her and think it's such a fun thing to have added to the film. I kind of got prepped for that being on Lost, because we had avid fans who were really extreme in their feelings about the show and its characters. But I think if anyone knows how to respect Tolkien, it's Peter, Fran and Phil. And Tauriel fits perfectly in that world."

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released December 13th, 2013 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.



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Comments (18)

  1. Brizzy

    Wonderful actress, and I am very intrigued to see how her chartacter fits in, it will undoubtfully be magnificent :)

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  2. the Narrator

    Thanks, @bawnian-dexeus! Nice to know I was missed by someone. Lol.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  3. ollie-styrene

    Mmmm.. Hot elf indeed!!

    1 year agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  4. CoreyB

    "We have to go back Kate...WE HAVE TO GO BACK!"

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  5. the Narrator

    What a lovely piece of news (and photo for that matter) to come back to after my hiatus. Lilly is growing more and more beautiful each day.

    Agreed @ejk1.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  6. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus Not here, and not yet, but like the article states, "I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are going to be people who will totally hate Tauriel, think that she shouldn't be in the movie, that it's a betrayal of Tolkien, and no matter what I do it won't be right." I'm just trying to head off the asinine hatred.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 ... no one has done such a thing O.o

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. ejk1

    Anyone that hates her character is an ass, plain and simple. Sometimes, characters have to be added when adapting to create a better flow, or just to help give other, familiar yet one note characters, a richer background. Harley Quinn and Ros from GoT both fit into this category.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Awesome! Can't wait to see her in action in the next film! :-)

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  10. artkid04

    she has that robin hood look down!

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  11. skywise

    I am very interested to see her in action. Sexy elf!

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  12. undeadslayer4

    looks awesome

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  13. The King of Thorns

    Well spoke woman, indeed. Can't wait.

    1 year agoby @rexspinasFlag

  14. Elyo Motrescu

    She looks nice.

    1 year agoby @Elyo-MotrescuFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Lady Robin Hood

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. Mr.K

    I'm intrigued.

    1 year agoby @mr-kFlag