Barliman's Chat Earlier this week, the Hobbit production crew released the first official still (if you missed it, head here) of the Silvan elf and captain of Thranduil’s guards, Tauriel.

So, this Saturday at 6pm EDT New York time Hall of Fire will be dedicating an entire, and probably spoiler-filled, session to exploring this new character that Jackson, Boyens and Walsh are introducing into their adaptation of The Hobbit. Warning: character and plot spoilers follow below!

Tauriel, captain of Thranduil’s guards

In announcing the character in 2011, Jackson told us: “Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.)”

Additional details have slowly emerged via interviews with Aidan Turner and Evangeline Lilly. First Turner hinted that the dwarf Kili would become enamoured of the Woodland elf of Mirkwood.

Then Lilly revealed in a Total Film article that:

“She’s a very, very young elf. She’s only 600 years old, unlike Legolas 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 spontaneous, passionate perhaps.

“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.”

Lastly, with the release of the EW still we learned from Lilly that:

* “She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.”
* “She will definitely have a love story. I can’t give away too much about it. It’s not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions.”
* “Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, Thranduil, has a soft spot for Tauriel and sees something very special in her. So if you grow up side by side, and your dad has a very special spot in his heart for this young woman who’s a fantastic warrior, I think it’s hard not to notice her. That’s probably as much as I can say.”

Join us later today (Saturday June 8 at 6pm EDT (New York time)) when we’ll chat about all these teasing details and much more as we discuss the addition of Tauriel to Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit in Hall of Fire.

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