Illustration from Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas, from 1932. The images show Santa Claus flying over Oxford; the North Pole; Father Christmas and the North Polar Bear in the caves at the North Pole; a party at Father Christmas' home; and colourful lettering reading, 'A Merry Christmas'.

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Access Hollywood recently spoke to Evangeline Lilly, and touched on her role as the woodland elf Tauriel in the current production of The Hobbit. Revealingly, she provided a couple of lines of elvish (presumably Sindarin, but I’m no Tolkien language scholar) — which finally give us some tantalising clues about where the Tauriel character slots into Tolkien’s story.

She also indicated she was being extensively coached in English Received Pronunciation — same as the elves of Rivendell in Lord of the Rings. “I have a dialect coach, I have a motion coach, I have a language coach,” she said. “So I should, by rights, be great in this film!

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Evangeline Lilly speaks Elvish!