Evangeline Lilly got a chance to talk about her role in upcoming The Hobbit films. What’s interesting about her character, a Mirkwood elf, is that Tauriel is a completely new character created by Peter Jackson. So, no, you will not find her in any of Tolkien’s works.
According to the article by the New Zealand Herald, Evangeline says that Tauriel is a “big shot” and a “warrior” who happens to be the head of the Elven guard.
“So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.”
But the character actually is seen more in the second film (The Hobbit: There and Back Again), which is slated to come out in December 2014.
“She comes into the first film near the end, and has a very small part to play. Her role in the second film is much more involved … I think the role is becoming a bit more demanding than I had expected it to be.”
You can read more about it here.
So, what do you think about this character and her involvement in the storyline? Do you trust Peter Jackson enough to allow for this? Or do you think he stepped over the line in creating a character that didn’t need to be created in the first place?