Evangeline Lilly reveals her Hobbit fears: 'I'll be the black mark'

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 15, 2012

With Lost in the distant rearview, and Real Steel coming out in a month, the raven-haired rascal is focusing on her upcoming tour through Middle-earth for Peter Jackson's two-part Lord of the Rings prequel.

Lilly is currently in the wilds of New Zealand to play a character of Jackson's invention, an elvish warrior named Tauriel, and she couldn't be happier "studying Elvish and having conversations with people about learning how to be an archer, a swordsperson and how to fight like an elf."

But she was a little tentative in getting involved with Jackson's Lord of the Rings world, given that she's been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's titanic work since she was 13:

"When the original came out in theatres, I swore up and down that I would not see them because I thought it was sacrilege that anyone would adapt Tolkien's work. I didn't think anyone would justify films by making them as good as they should be. Then my entire family when I was visiting went to see the movie and so I relented and went. We were all fans of the books and we were all blown away! It was a little piece of magic what Peter Jackson accomplished because it was truly a homage to the books rather than an offense."

And that fear of offense extends to Lilly playing a character invented by Jackson out of whole cloth:

"I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I'll be the black mark on the film. I know how adamant the purists are and I'm one of them! That said, upon reading The Hobbit again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation—especially female characters! The Hobbit didn't include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really. What Peter, Fran [Walsh] and Philippa [Boyens] have done is all in perfect keeping with Tolkien's world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story."

We've got faith in Jackson, too. Let's just hope Lilly doesn't end up in a love triangle with a steely cleric with daddy issues and a swaggering ranger from the south part of the North.

(via SFX)