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

By: Derrick Deane on May 27, 2013 at 10:32AM Comments (2)

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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  • May 30th 2013 8:24AM

    113773149481582084248  said...

    I really like her as an actress. I think she will make a great addition to the film. I hope people don't make a big deal about her character not being in the book. Pete Jackson knows what he is doing. The integrity of the story will be intact. [BLOCKED WEBSITE]

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  • May 29th 2013 5:40PM

    markzelada71  said...

    I cant wait to see this movie , all the roles in this film are being played by very good actors. plus the story is killer and the battle scenes are awsome. In addition the dragon is going to be cool, maybe even better than the one in dragon slayer , hopefully it will live up to the hype.

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