First Look: The Hobbit, The Desolation Of Smaug

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Tauriel, Legolas, Thranduil cover Empire’s new issue in reference to Peter Jackson’s new release of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit adaptation for the big screen. Until this December, when the movie actually hits theaters worldwide, we’ll have more inside scoops at this new episode called ‘The Desolation of Smaug’.

If we already knew Legolas and Thranduil before this new film, Tauriel comes as an entirely new character as invented by Peter Jackson in an attempt to bring more femininity in the Hobbit’s adventures. From the role that forged Evangeline Lily into our hearts in the now-legendary TV series Lost to Tauriel, a connective thread exists as Peter Jackson imagined this new Elf as the head of the Elven Guard, a fantastic warrior.

the Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Empire August cover

However, if you’ve been following news about The Hobbit franchise, you would’ve found interviews with Evangeline Lily who confessed being a bit saddened by the fact that once you put a female character into a movie, you have to tie her to one of the male characters, give her a love story string to walk on.

But… everybody loves a good love story, Evangeline! Especially when it involves an Elf! And a redheaded Elven Warrior will light up the fans imaginations for months and months!

Tauriel Legolas Thranduil cover Empire magazine

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