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Evangeline Lilly Talks About Playing a Deadly 600-Year-Old Elf in ‘The Hobbit’ Sequel

With its December 13 release date, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug may seem like a lifetime away, but Total Film chat with Evangeline Lilly about playing the elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s upcoming sequel.

"She’s a very, very young elf," Lilly said. "She’s only 600 years old, unlike Legolas (Orlando Bloom’s character), who’s like, 1,900 years old and Thranduil who’s about 3,000 years old. She doesn’t have quite the wisdom and pose that those two boys do; she’s a little more… gritty. A little more spontanteous, passionate perhaps."

Lilly added that "to play this character I need to have a certain amount of grace. But I’m also supposed to be an absolutely ruthless, deadly killer."

Tauriel does not appear in the original book by J.R.R. Tolkien and was created by Jackson . Her name means, "Daughter of Mirkwood" and she is the head of the Mirkwood Elven guard. She is proficient in a variety of weapons, but mainly weilds a bow and two daggers.

Jackson, who is currently in New Zealand filming additional footage for his two sequels, announced recently that the latest of his series of production diaries will be arriving online soon.

Are you looking forward to seeing Lilly’s Tauriel in action this winter? 

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