|Evangeline Lilly stars as Tauriel in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG|
What you see above is a newly released official image of actress Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") from Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", the second of his new Middle Earth trilogy. Lilly stars as Tauriel, a different kind of elf and one that was never featured in J.R.R. Tolkien books, which has stirred something of a controversy among fans. The actress had this to say about her character:
"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.Jackson's decision to extend and expand the story of "The Hobbit" so he could build another trilogy will prove to be either a great idea, or a great disaster. The first film in this extended trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received mixed reviews from critics, but I see it's currently enjoying a rather impressive 8,1 out of 10 score on IMDb.com, which means that the fans have enjoyed the adventure so far. It remains to be seen if Jackson's filler material, including the addition of new characters like Tauriel, will cool off the warm welcome.
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.” She laughs. “That’s probably as much as I can say. "
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