That’s your first look at Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug, compliments of EW and photographer James Fisher. Lilly will play Tauriel, an elf warrior, and I know how happy it will make Tolkien purists to know that she’s a completely made up character, created to give the series some female power and some ROMANCE.
Director Peter Jackson and his co-writers on the Hobbit trilogy, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, invented the character to expand the world of the elves of Mirkwood Forest — and to bring some more female energy to the otherwise male-dominated Hobbit narrative. “Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard,” Lilly explains. “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.”
She will also have a love story, perhaps with Legolas.