There will be a new face among the residents of Middle-earth when the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug hits the theaters…
Elf warrior Tauriel.
And Entertainment Weekly let us have the first look at the character in this issue.
Evangeline Lilly of Lost fame plays the elf warrior.
“Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard,” Says Lilly. “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… She’s slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill”
Tauriel is not found anywhere in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, or in any of Tolkien’s other writings for that matter. She was invented as an addition to the female presence in the movie.