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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Movie Discussion: The Hobbit: The character inspiration for Tauriel : Edit Log

Michelle Johnston

Mar 23 2013, 11:22am

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The character inspiration for Tauriel

"We could have introduced a female human character. But we decided on an elf. There was a little story thread in Lord of the Rings that we wanted to pick up on and develop and it involved a very feminine energy, so we decided to use it and the character of Tauriel came into being."

As the majority of my Tolkien books are currently in storage I decided to down load Unfinished Tales which has a good deal to say about among other matters Lothlorien's history. One of Tolkien's last musings was on the back story to the Song Of Nimrodel chanted by Legolas in the Fellowship of The Ring. I was drawn to this section because Phillipa's words, replayed above, made me consider Nimrodel.

Nimrodel, was a silvan elf, who falls in love with a Sindarian Prince. It is a story of unrequited love and in particular a love that demands much but offers much of herself. I am wondering whether Tauriel who is the leader of the Elven Guard of the King has an unresolved love for Thranduil. Nimrodel whilst loving Amroth resented the coming of the Sindar, the consequences of the wars of Beleriand and fled from her home because of the coming of the Balrog and the incursion of Orcs thus resulting. She may resent the various incomings but ultimately she takes action though at the ultimate personal cost.

We have heard of her dedication to Thranduil and her emotional back ground may give that dedication its femine energy .Thranduil is already seen as antipathetic towards the needs of outsiders and dealing with the consequences of their actions. She may echo that feeling and equally resent the incoming of the Dwarves.

It may be it is Legolas, whom is in conflict with this isolationism, spending time on the boarders looking outwards, echoing other great eleven heros of the first age at the borders of Doriath that is at odds with both his father and Tauriel . PJ has been quick to deny romance between L & T they may indeed sit on opposite sides of the politics of the woodland realm.

All in all Tauriel, Thranduil and Legolas have the potential to grow beyond their non appearance or limited one, in the case of Thranduil, and echo and play out their parts in the tradition and driven by similiar emotional drivers to other Tolkiens characters.

I am well aware that UT is off limits but poetry in the LOTR is not.

I tried to save the shire , and it has been but not for me.

(This post was edited by Michelle Johnston on Mar 23 2013, 11:26am)

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Post edited by Michelle Johnston (Rohan) on Mar 23 2013, 11:24am
Post edited by Michelle Johnston (Rohan) on Mar 23 2013, 11:26am

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