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Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEdit
Tauriel is played by the actress Evangeline Lilly. She first appears in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as a captain of the Mirkwood Elven Guard. Throughout the film, a subplot develops involving possible romance between her and Kíli. She rescues Kíli after the dwarves are ambushed by Giant Spiders as she leads what we later learn is the latest in a series of missions to clear Mirkwood of their growing presence. Under Legolas' orders, she and the other guards take the dwarves back to the Elven cavern fortress and confiscate their weapons. There, Tauriel becomes curious of Kíli's talisman and they talk for a while. Legolas watches them talking from a distance.
Later, Thranduil confronts Tauriel, telling her that as a captain of the guard she must drive the Giant Spiders out of Mirkwood. She explains that new spiders continually enter the kingdom after the previous ones were wiped out. She suggests sorties to destroy the spider's source outside the kingdom's boundaries near Dol Guldur, but this idea is quickly dismissed by Thranduil. When she asks what will happen to other lands after the spiders are driven from Mirkwood, Thranduil says that he doesn't care about other lands. He mentions then that Legolas, his son, has grown fond of her but that she should not give him hope where there is none, because she is a common wood-elf and Legolas is the son of a king.
When the dwarves escape, Tauriel and Legolas lead a band of elf guards in battle as Bolg and his troops arrive to attack the dwarves. During the battle, Kíli is injured and is saved once again by Tauriel. She and Legolas take one orc to the palace for interrogation. The orc mocks Tauriel about the impending death of Kíli from a Morgul arrow, which enrages her. When she tries to kill the orc, Thranduil orders her to leave him be. She then leaves the palace without the permission of the elf-king to search for the dwarves. Legolas confronts her and asks her to come back with him so that Thranduil may forgive her. But Tauriel insists that the fight also involves them, and argues that the king's isolationist policies blind them from larger issues affecting the entire world, and that since Kíli will die from the poisoned arrow if he is not helped, she must find him and tend to the wound. Legolas agrees to accompany her.
In Lake-town, the house of Bard is attacked by Bolg and his troops. Tauriel and Legolas arrive to rescue the dwarves and kill the orcs. As Legolas runs after Bolg, Tauriel takes some Athelas obtained by Bofur and uses it to heal Kili's wounds and a chant in Sindarin. Half in delirium, Kíli speaks of her great beauty and wonders aloud whether she might someday love him. Tauriel tells him to lie still but is obviously affected, and Kíli moves his hand to hold hers.
Character and AbilityEdit
A captain of Thranduil's Elven Guards, Tauriel is a professional in the military and leads the Woodland Realm's armed forces. Her parents were killed by orcs when she was younger and it is hinted that Thranduil looked after her since then. She is a young elf, around the age of 600, and is insightful into the changing nature of Middle Earth. Notably, in contrast to Thranduil's portrayed isolationism, Tauriel is interventionist, recognizing the growing evils of the world and the need to eradicate them rather than withdraw into the safety of the elven fortress. Highly effective in infantry combat, she is proficient in both archery and hand-to-hand combat. Her primarily weapons are a reflex bow and two long daggers. She is also shown to possess some medical knowledge, being able to treat wounds from poisoned weapons. As a native of the Woodland Realm, she is also a capable tree-climber.
Voice Dubbing actorsEdit
|Foreign Language||Voice dubbing artist|
|Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD)||Sylvia Salustti|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Jessica Ortiz|
|Spanish (Spain)||Eva Díez|
|French (France)||Laëtitia Lefebvre|
|French (Québec)||Catherine Proulx-Lemay|
|Italian (Italy)||Daniela Calò|
|Czech (Czech Republic)||Andrea Elsnerová|
- "Tauriel will step forward and aid the elves with her mighty bow. Her aim is as strong as her bravery and will help guard these lands."
- —Description of Tauriel
Tauriel appears in The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age as a hero in the Elven faction.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Itaril was the original name for Tauriel.
- Evangeline Lilly, who plays Tauriel in the movie, has said that she knows that people do despise Tauriel, but she thinks that others will come to really like her. Of the character she says, "She has no problem killing. She's a killing machine."
Tauriel means "Woodland daughter" (taur ["forest, great"] + -iell [feminine suffix; "daughter"]).