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So far, the only picture we've seen of in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a fairly unexciting set picture of her against a green screen (oh, and a figurine). Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly have just released a picture which shows Lilly in her full-scale-fantasy-bow-shooting mode, and she looks great. Check out the picture below:

Lilly will play Elven warrior Tauriel in 's second film of The Hobbit Trilogy. Tauriel was purposely invented for the screen adaptation and doesn't appear in J.R.R Tolkien's original fantasy classic. But despite this, it seems Tauriel will become a major part of the story. Lilly has already explained a little about her character, but she went into even more detail:

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.

But she's not all about skewing orcs with arrows. Tauriel also has a softer side:

She will definitely have a love story, I can’t give away too much about it. It’s not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions.

Could this love story involve Legolas per chance? It would certainly make sense, since technically Legolas should also not be present in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Lilly addressed this question by adding:

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. That's probably as much as I can say.

Yeah, I don't know about you, but I'm guessing Legolas and Tauriel are a little bit more than 'good friends'.

Some raving Tolkien fans might not be all too keen to see new characters thrown into the mix, especially when The Hobbit already has such a large and intriguing cast. Luckily, Lilly is somewhat prepared for the skepticism that will no doubt arise:

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 you think? Do you mind Jackson adding new characters into The Hobbit, or should he keep it completely true to the books? Let me know your opinion in the comments section below.


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