If you’ve read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, you know there is no female elf named Tauriel. However, with so many different characters and races talked about in the books and The Silmarillion, screenwriters Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens have, according to Evangeline Lilly, “taken elements of different female Elven characters throughout Tolkien’s work, and they have amalgamated those things into one character, which is Tauriel.” During a group interview on the set of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug she went on to say, “she becomes sort of the embodiment and representation of the Wood Elves, which Tolkien talks about at length in all of his books. And in this book in particular, he just doesn’t introduce you to any of them. Well, you can’t have a movie with a group of people that are significant players in the story, that push forward the plot, without introducing at least one or two of them. You have to meet them. So I think that they just recognized that.”
In addition to talking about why they added her character, Lilly talked about her hesitation about taking on the role, her training, wanting to do her own stunts, her large ears and wig, learning Elvish, the last minute script changes, filming the action scenes, the new technology being used, the proper way to pronounce Smaug, and so much more. Hit the jump for what she had to say.