Fans of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit series who, like my mother, are champing at the bit for the next one to come out can let out the tiniest pip of a squee now that Entertainment Weekly has the first glimpse of Lost star Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, a character made up for the movies, who will appear in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
According to LilLy in the EW article,“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 of the Tolkien purists out there who might be wary of a wholly new character being added, Lilly said, “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.”
What do we think of Tauriel? And what do we think of her having been included in a LEGO set for months now? The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will hit theaters December 13th. There, that’s the date. Calm down, Mom.