By Jake M.
Middle Earth, a world well known to fans of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, features a vast variety of characters including elves, dwarves, humans, and hobbits. My favorite character is less well known to the average fan because she’s not written into the story in the books, however, moviegoers might recognize her name. Her name is Tauriel. She’s an elf that lives in the region known as Mirkwood which is part of the Woodland Realm. Her character role is well developed and empowering which is a fresh look for a series that is dominated by male characters.
She is introduced to us in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, the second film of the Hobbit Trilogy, after she rescues Bilbo Baggins and the dwarven company from the giant spiders of Mirkwood. Her story is largely based around a love triangle between Kili, one of the dwarves, and Legolas, the son of Thranduil, the King of the Woodland Realms. She first shows affection towards Kili while the Dwarves are imprisoned in the palace and will develop a deeper relationship with him after rescuing the Dwarves a second time and tending to Kili’s wounds. She is forbidden by Thranduil to have a relationship Kili because he is a Dwarf, which ends up pushing her closer in love with the dwarf. Legolas, who is also interested in Tauriel, develops an uneasy friendship with her, after he takes his father’s side. Aside from the love story, she is also a sharp shooter with a bow and master sword wielder. Though her story ends after Kili’s death in The Battle of the Five Armies, the final movie in the Hobbit Trilogy, she is a much needed character. The open-endedness of her story gives headway to potential fanfiction pieces for writers like me.