- Orlando Bloom on the return of Legolas in 'The Hobbit' and how elves make love
- In 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' We Can't Root for Tauriel: Here's Why
- Evangeline Lilly: Tauriel
Orlando Bloom on the return of Legolas in 'The Hobbit' and how elves make love
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Kili and Tauriel - Aren't you going to search me?and
Sign in. Kili : Aren't you going to search me? I could have anything down my trousers. Tauriel : Or nothing. Legolas : [In Elvish]. Legolas : Why does the Dwarf stare at you, Tauriel?
Tauriel is a fictional character from Peter Jackson 's feature film adaptation of J. Tolkien 's The Hobbit. The character does not appear in the original book , but was created by Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh as an expansion of material adapted from the book, and first appears in the second and third films in that trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. She is a Woodland Elf whose name has been translated as "Daughter of the forest", and is the head of the Mirkwood Elven guard. She is played by Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly , who was nominated for several awards for her performance in The Desolation of Smaug , with some of the stunt work performed by Australian stuntwoman Ingrid Kleinig.
Tauriel was a Silvan Elf of Mirkwood. She has been described as a warrior and head of the Wood-elf guard. When she learns of his being struck by a poisoned arrow by Bolg in the Company's escape from custody in wine barrels, she goes after him in hopes of healing his wound. Legolas who is shown to be protective of her joins her in pursuit of the Orcs who were after the company. Luckily, she manages to escape the dragon's fiery wrath.
Avid J. Tolkien readers will no doubt be aware from her name that Tauriel, the elf to be played by Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug , is an original character being introduced to the film series by writers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro. Adding new characters into a film whose source material is as well-loved as The Hobbit always carries the danger of controversy, but in this case it probably can't hurt to add a named female into the band of elf warriors, especially as we've been assured that Tauriel isn't simply a love interest for Legolas. Whereas the Lord of the Rings trilogy had Eowyn, Galadriel and Arwen all occasionally dropping into the plot to move things along, The Hobbit is a bit sparse on that front. Speaking very broadly, it's about fifteen hairy men going on a road trip and encountering many more hairy men along the way including the hairiest man of them all.
In 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' We Can't Root for Tauriel: Here's Why
The plot felt like it moved, the dwarves were grumpy and proud, and the scene of Bilbo peeking his head above the trees was just as satisfying as I pictured when I read The Hobbit in fourth grade. But, since Peter Jackson decided to turn a page children's book into a super-violent film trilogy, I am forced to write about some very grown-up reservations. I understand that Jackson is an enormous Tolkien-phile, and I have enjoyed some of the tie-ins he has added between The Hobbit , The Simarillion , and the "Appendices" to The Return of the King , which Tolkien used to fill in some of the gaps in Middle Earth's history. But with Tauriel, I think he has gone too far. As a fan who re-reads The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings every other year, I will be the first to admit that the female characters in Middle Earth are sparse, and minor. Even of the many women in the histories of the The Simarillion , most are "crafty" or focused on marriage and children, which stinks of stale, dated, gender roles in Tolkien's fantasy. Knowing this, I applaud Peter Jackson for his attempt to return powerful women to the Third Age, but the love story that went with Tauriel was unnecessary.
Evangeline Lilly: Tauriel
And not just a token female; a serious and badass character with a direct influence on the plot. And damn, what a woman they added. Look, I could talk about how interesting this movie is, how it comments on greed and rulership and how these change depending on which societal lens one uses. This lady came in swinging. She took out five terrifying spiders in about a minute. She charged headfirst into two packs of Orcs. She battled four Orcs at once—all of which were twice her size.
Tauriel is non-canonical, as she does not appear in the works of J. Tolkien , and is only in The Hobbit film trilogy. Under Legolas 's orders, she and the other guards take the Dwarves back to the Elven cavern fortress and confiscate their weapons. Legolas watches them talking from a distance. Later, Thranduil confronts Tauriel, telling her that, as a captain of the guard, she must drive the Giant Spiders out of Mirkwood. She explains that new spiders continually enter the kingdom after the previous ones were wiped out. She suggests sorties to destroy the spiders' source outside the kingdom's boundaries near Dol Guldur, but this idea is quickly dismissed by Thranduil.
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