So the promotional campaign seems to have kicked off for the awaited second segment of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with the release of an image of a new character, Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly. Check out the image above, courtesy of EW.
Now for any of you budding Tolkien fans screwing up your faces and saying “Who?”, Tauriel doesn’t feature in any of the J.R.R Tolkien books and she’s been written into the script to give a female warrior elf figure.
Lilly has described her character by 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.”
In an interview with EW, Lilly has hinted that her character will have a love story, and that it could be with Legolas (Orlando Bloom) from the Lord of The Rings trilogy. She said “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.”
So there you have it, maybe this is Peter Jackson’s way of making The Hobbit into three films, and adding “filler” to develop the story a little more. Just as long as he doesn’t deviate too much from the original story and ensure the story of Smaug stays prominent!!
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Orlando Bloom and Richard Armitage, and is due for release on 13th December 2013.