Much of what we have seen of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug came from promotional items, like toy box covers, or leaked set photos.
But in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the former Lost star talks about the character, her place in the Elvish social order, and the possible romantic interests she has in the film. Check out the full photo below of Lilly as Tauriel here below.
Speaking about where her character’s status in the Elvish social order:
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.
Talking about her character’s love interest, Lilly teases a relationship between Tauriel and Legolas (Orlando Bloom). However, she adds that loving relationship may not necessarily be shared with Legolas himself, but someone much closer to him:
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. That’s probably as much as I can say.
She assures fans that the romantic interests in the film won’t be the focal point, but that it will be what drives her character’s motives.
Lilly also addressed the controversy that Tauriel is a character that was never originally in the Tolkien novels.
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.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug opens in theaters on December 13.