Evangeline Lilly, who is playing the Mirkwood elf named Tauriel (a character created by Peter Jackson) in the upcoming film The Hobbit, recently gave a quick interview with Entertainment Weekly. Most of the interview was about her film Real Steel which has just come out on Blu-ray, but part did focus on her role as Tauriel.
When asked if Tauriel was a warrior elf Lily had this to say, “Yes, she is a warrior. She’s actually the head of the Elven guard. She’s the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.”
‘Bow and arrow and two daggers’ – viewers of The Lord of the Rings will remember that these are also the weapons Legolas, another Mirkwood elf, uses. It sounds like they are the standard weapons then of the Mirkwood elves.
Lily also mentions that her character won’t appear in the first half of the film, out this December, until near the end. She does say that her character will have a larger role in the second half and that work is becoming more demanding for her. This could very well mean that Tauriel will be involved in the Battle of the Five Armies that occurs near the end of The Hobbit.
Entertainment Weekly interview:
Evangeline Lilly talks ‘Real Steel’ (now on Blu-ray) and playing a warrior elf in ‘The Hobbit