For The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson & Co. had to significantly expand the role of Arwen (Liv Tyler), because otherwise, there are about as many women in Middle-earth as there are black people. For The Hobbit, Peter Jackson & Co. first significantly expanded the role of Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), but then, because seriously, you have to add a lot to stretch The Hobbit into three movies, the also decided to add a whole new lady character too! She's an elf! Played by the lady from Lost!
The elf is not in any of the books and Evangeline Lilly knows you might hate her!
“I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are going to be people who will totally hate Tauriel, think that she shouldn’t be in the movie, that it’s a betrayal of Tolkien, and no matter what I do it won’t be right,” she says. “There will be everything between that and people who adore her and think it’s such a fun thing to have added to the film.” (Via.)
The elf is also a ginger!
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