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First official image of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Jun. 5, 2013by: Paul Shirey

It's a good day for fans of Evangeline Lilly, who is officially revealed today as Tauriel, the elf warrior from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG who is "slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill,” according to the actress. Lilly revealed some more information about her character, who does not appear in J.R.R. Tolkien's book (or any other), saying:

“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.”

For those curious if she will have some type of romantic entanglement, the answer is an affirmative.

“She will definitely have a love story,” Lilly says. “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.”

The question, of course, is whether or not that will be with fan-favorite Legolas, from THE LORD OF THE RINGS films, who will make his debut in the second chapter of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation.

“Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, [Elven king] Thrandruil, 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.”

As for the anticipated backlash, Lilly seems to have a firm grasp on fan expectation, saying:

“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.”

I'm a fan, both for obvious reasons (she's hot) and because she is a great actress who I spent many years with through Lost. It's curiously frustrating that she hasn't been in more projects since the closing of that show, but perhaps this will help up her visibility.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG hits theaters on December 13, 2013.

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10:57AM on 06/05/2013
HOT! I adored the first movie, and now we get a little sex appeal AND a dragon in the next. Perfect.
HOT! I adored the first movie, and now we get a little sex appeal AND a dragon in the next. Perfect.
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12:43PM on 06/05/2013
Would be great if she wasn't wearing pants in the movie as well
Would be great if she wasn't wearing pants in the movie as well
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1:21PM on 06/05/2013
Automatic boxoffice returns there.
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2:58PM on 06/05/2013

Uhhhmmm...

yes, please?
yes, please?
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2:43PM on 06/05/2013
she looks like a female version of link in that first pic
she looks like a female version of link in that first pic
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11:05AM on 06/05/2013
She's very hot, liked her a lot as the "Adrian analogue" opposite Hugh Jackman in Real Steel
She's very hot, liked her a lot as the "Adrian analogue" opposite Hugh Jackman in Real Steel
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11:53AM on 06/05/2013

shes a hottie

Never paid any attention to this woman until i just recently started watching "LOST" on netflix, (yea i never watched the show so im just now playing catch up) either way, she is hot, love her figure, not to skinny and not to strong, nice balance. hopefully her role would be significant and not just some small role.
Never paid any attention to this woman until i just recently started watching "LOST" on netflix, (yea i never watched the show so im just now playing catch up) either way, she is hot, love her figure, not to skinny and not to strong, nice balance. hopefully her role would be significant and not just some small role.
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6:53AM on 06/06/2013
Having watched LOST in real-time, all I can tell you, as you approach season 6 is : "I'm sorry" and "My sincere condolences on the hours of your life you'll never get back"
Having watched LOST in real-time, all I can tell you, as you approach season 6 is : "I'm sorry" and "My sincere condolences on the hours of your life you'll never get back"
1:07PM on 06/05/2013
She looks hot. She's a really good actress and I hope we get to see her have some heroic moments in this film with her character.
She looks hot. She's a really good actress and I hope we get to see her have some heroic moments in this film with her character.
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11:32AM on 06/05/2013
Love dat hot elven azz.
Love dat hot elven azz.
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7:09AM on 06/06/2013

Glad they are keeping the Elven distinction, sorta...

Though I wonder if they subtlety of Silvan vs "Eldar" in general (Legolas = Sindar, Galadriel = Noldor/Teleri/Vanyar , Arwen = Noldor/Teleri/Vanyar) will be distinguishable to the average movie goer.
Though I wonder if they subtlety of Silvan vs "Eldar" in general (Legolas = Sindar, Galadriel = Noldor/Teleri/Vanyar , Arwen = Noldor/Teleri/Vanyar) will be distinguishable to the average movie goer.
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10:44AM on 06/06/2013
I love it!
I love it!
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11:09PM on 06/05/2013
what kate did
what kate did
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9:35AM on 06/06/2013
Apparently she may have some sort of romance with Aidan Turner, who plays Kili. It sounds ridiculous, but there you go.
Apparently she may have some sort of romance with Aidan Turner, who plays Kili. It sounds ridiculous, but there you go.
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3:14PM on 06/05/2013

Can't Complain

The first movie wasn't very good, for me the flaws outweighed any and all good parts (such as the Riddles in the Dark scene, which could've been much better). I'm usually of the opinion that Jackson should've stayed true to the books as much as possible, but I'm not such a purist that I can't appreciate the inclusion of a new character like Tauriel. I hated having Azog in the movie for a ridiculously silly and unnecessary side-plot, but I'm sure Tauriel will be a welcome addition to the story.
The first movie wasn't very good, for me the flaws outweighed any and all good parts (such as the Riddles in the Dark scene, which could've been much better). I'm usually of the opinion that Jackson should've stayed true to the books as much as possible, but I'm not such a purist that I can't appreciate the inclusion of a new character like Tauriel. I hated having Azog in the movie for a ridiculously silly and unnecessary side-plot, but I'm sure Tauriel will be a welcome addition to the story. Plus Evangeline Lilly is hot as hell. Just wish they kept her as a brunette instead of a redhead.
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10:30PM on 06/05/2013
I agree, the first film wasn't that great. One problem was that it definitely needed some editing...since it didn't need to be as long as it was.

With that said, I also agree that Tauriel seems to be a welcome addition.
I agree, the first film wasn't that great. One problem was that it definitely needed some editing...since it didn't need to be as long as it was.

With that said, I also agree that Tauriel seems to be a welcome addition.
2:17PM on 06/06/2013
Absolutely agree with the poor editing of the 1st movie. But that's a direct result of Jackson wanting to stretch out a simple children's fantasy book into a 3 movie epic trilogy. That's why we got things like taking forever to get out of the Shire in the beginning, a ridiculously over the top Stone Giant action set piece, and a completely unnecessary and poorly executed plot line of Azog vs Thorin. Compared to the overall quality of the original LOTR trilogy, these Hobbit movies leave a lot to
Absolutely agree with the poor editing of the 1st movie. But that's a direct result of Jackson wanting to stretch out a simple children's fantasy book into a 3 movie epic trilogy. That's why we got things like taking forever to get out of the Shire in the beginning, a ridiculously over the top Stone Giant action set piece, and a completely unnecessary and poorly executed plot line of Azog vs Thorin. Compared to the overall quality of the original LOTR trilogy, these Hobbit movies leave a lot to be desired. My expectations are as low as they can get for the next 2 installments
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