Okay, so here we are again, with the elf guard captain Tauriel. Of course, the character has already received quite a bit of criticism because of not being part of the original novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and simply an invention of director Peter Jackson in the hopes of further enriching the story of The Hobbit and adding a feminine touch to an otherwise male-dominated cast. Adherents of the original story often question this idea and claim that it is contradictory to Tolkien’s vision and that there are already enough female characters in the story like Galadriel. However, some welcome the character as a new addition to the story and hope that she will indeed make the story worthwhile.
Well, first off, regarding the criticism, it seems that Evangeline Lilly could clearly care less. Apparently she already expects a number of fans to receive the character rather negatively and treat it as a dire insult to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Evangeline Lilly has expressed that there is really only so much she can do about this crowd and that their opinions on the matter are purely their own and probably won’t change easily. However, she has gone on to express gratitude for those who have come to accept the character and assures them that Peter Jackson has nothing but respect for the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and that Tauriel was simply added in to add a bit more fluff to the story and not to overshadow the existing plot or alter it any way.
As for the character herself, Evangeline Lilly has come to describe the character as a young elf. Or at least young for an elf, being somewhere in the vicinity of 600. Six friggin’ hundred of all things. Of course this isn’t surprising considering that Thranduil and his son Legolas are both somewhere in their thousands and have been running Mirkwood for Illuvatar knows how long. Anyway, according to the translation of her name, “Tauriel” actually means daughter of Mirkwood and is fitting considering that she is one of the most capable captains of the elves there. Anyway, according to Evangeline Lilly, due to Tauriel’s young age, she tends to be more brash and impulsive than, say, Legolas who is noted for his often calm demeanor.
Finally, rest assured fans that Taurial will not, I repeat, will NOT have any romantic attachments whatsoever to Legolas. There, I said it and probably eased the tension out of a lot of fans out there who were worried about the exact thing happening. So relax everyone, it seems that she’s just a favorite of Thranduil for some reason but nothing other that. However, Evangeline Lilly did mention something about Fili admiring or becoming infatuated with Tauriel so better keep a lookout for any updates on the issue.