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#1 Movie of All-Time
#1 Movie Character
KING Of All Schmoes
Played by: Evangeline Lilly
Who is She?
Tauriel is an Elvish WARRIOR, yes a warrior who is also the right hand woman of Thranduil (The King of Mirkwood), all while being the leader of the Elven Guards. Not much is known about the character since she is completely made up for the movie but it was confirmed that her parents were slain by orcs when she was young, which will give her an aggressive and almost reckless nature. Evy Lilly actually summed her up in an interview as being "a killing machine", which is all the more reason to be excited about her. Hardcore Tolkien fans have been vocal about this change in the sense that A. she's a made up character and B. she's breaking the "blueprint" of the Elvish race in her personality makeup. To those people I say BACK THE FUCK UP AND WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT. The female presence in The Hobbit is mostly nonexistent and that's a stark contrast to the Lord of the Rings trilogy which had powerful and revolutionary female characters. Aside from Galadriel, Arwen and Eowyn we know that the high power Valar contain a female, Galadriel is perhaps the most powerful of resistance of the ring and royalty in Middle-Earth and Bilbo constantly states that his internal and external strength comes from his mother. Because of this it was essential to add another woman into the mix for The Hobbit's trilogy and since they're expanding on the story and the appendices with a heavy Elvish presence they were able to include her as a brutally kick-ass warrior. Don't like it? I say fuck off.
What we can expect in The Desolation of Smaug
Again, this is all brand new so all I have to go on is what I've seen in the trailers and the sneak peek of the movie, and that's a heavy dosage of Tauriel action. It's been hinted that Legolas is in a sort of "one-sided" crush on her in the sense that Tauriel either isn't feeling him or is forbidden to do so, but either way their relationship will be focused. In fact, it's been mentioned by some that (minor spoiler) she actually winds up having a romantic relationship with Kili the dwarf. This was hinted at in the Extended Edition when Kili is in Rivendell checking out the female elves that walk past him during the dinner sequence. We also know that she's with Legolas when they "capture" the dwarves and she will most likely have an expanded role in the third film as well, barring she actually survives.
Basically we can count on two things, 1. She'll kick a heavy amount of orc ass and 2. She'll look great doing it. Win-Win!