Ever since Peter Jackson announced that Evangeline Lilly would be playing a character invented specifically for the film version of The Hobbit, we've been chomping at the bit to find out more!
"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."
A brand new redheaded lady with a bow who messes with the fantasy status quo? Talk about Brave!
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Besides being tough, Tauriel also has a love interest that may or may not be Orlando Bloom! She says:
"Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, 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."
[Image via Entertainment Weekly.]