We’ve previously seen an image of Evangeline Lilly as the Elf Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but it wasn’t as amazing as this one. EW spoke with the actress about the film and debuted the new image, which you can see below.
Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard, Lilly said. Shes a Sylvan Elf, which means shes of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. She doesnt hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do shes much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.
Lilly also teased a love story for he character in the film, “She will definitely have a love story. I cant give away too much about it. Its not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions.
When asked if this love story would involve fan favorite Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, she replied: “Tauriels relationship with Legolas is significant. Theyve known each other since they were children, and Legolas dad, [Elven king] Thrandruil, 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 whos a fantastic warrior, I think its hard not to notice her. Thats probably as much as I can say.
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