Just like practically everyone involved in Hollywood, recently headed to Comic-Con to join in all the promoting fun. Although she may have first attended the convention as part of the Lost crew, Lilly has now delved even further into geekdom by playing Tauriel in 's upcoming sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
While also promoting her new children's book, The Squickerwonkers, Lilly answered a few questions from EW's Keith Staskiewicz. Many die-hard Tolkien fans seem to be resistant to the inclusion of new characters not featured in the original books — Tauriel is one such character. However, from Lilly's perspective, Jackson has earned the right to tweek the story a little. She explained:
It was really intimidating and I knew going into it there was a very good chance people would hate me for it... The main reason why I did it was, I felt as a Tolkien fan that Peter Jackson had earned the right to take a certain amount of creative license with Tolkien's work through the Lord of the Rings trilogy films... They were to me such an impressive representation of Tolkien and such an accurate one that I trust him implicitly.
Tauriel is representing the Silvan Elves who do feature in The Hobbit, we just don't go in and explore one specific elf in particular, which is what Peter has done as a filmic tool. I think it's an important tool otherwise you won't care about a group of people if you can't connect to an individual in that group.
What do you think? Do you mind Peter Jackson adding more characters, or are you fed up with even more non-canonical intrusions? Let us know below.