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EW.com has the first official look at Lost alum Evangeline Lilly as the Elven warrior Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The “slightly reckless and totally ruthless” character, who doesn’t appear anywhere in J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved Middle-earth books, was invented by Jackson and his collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens to both flesh out the Elves of Mirkwood and to inject a bit of estrogen into a story brimming over with men.
“Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard,” Lilly tells EW. “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.”
However, Tauriel isn’t all action: Lilly says there’s a love story, which may or may not involve her childhood friend Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom, who reprises his role from The Lord of the Rings.