If you're keeping track of the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug's progression in relation to the original J.R.R. Tolkien narrative, then you will know that it's technically, almost over. However we have it on good authority that the next installment in 2014 will marry The Hobbit narrative with the Lord of the Rings trilogy (via SlashFilm).
The question is, how will this manifest?
According to SlashFilm, Elf Tauriel played by recently alluded that the character Legolas () would bridge the trilogies. Jackson reaffirmed this allusion, by providing 'a brief Tolkien history lesson' and justification as to why Legolas belongs in both films:
People always ask about Evangeline’s character Tauriel and why we felt the need to create her. But in The Hobbit novel, [the dwarves] are captured by the elves and they escape in the barrels. And it’s a memorable part of the book but the Elf King is not even named. He doesn’t have a name. And it was only later on that Tolkien decided it should be Thranduil and he also decided he should have a son when Lord of the Rings was written 18-19 years later. He created the character of the son of the king.
So you’ve got material there but you can’t have a scene in a film that’s a memorable scene with just one person as the Elf. We wanted three Elven characters. That’s the thing too, to create characters and have conflict with each other and they have different agendas. Thranduil, Legolas and Tauriel are all on different flight paths which makes it much more interesting ability for Fran [Walsh] and I to tell the narrative through their eyes.
So do you think that Legolas can convincingly reside in both trilogies or is flexing too much artistic licence?