One time I was masturbating in the shower and came so hard that I couldn’t keep in my scream but I knew my brother was in the bedroom next door and that he’d hear and know what I was doing so I quickly transitioned into singing the opening of the Lion King.
Evangeline Lilly, Desolation of Smaug world premiere press conference
Whether you like Tauriel or not, I think Evangeline makes a great point about adapting Tolkien’s works to our age and how vital it is to incorporate a feminine perspective in fantasy worlds when previously that was not emphasized at all. Even still female representation in fantasy is lacking, and I think it’s great that Evangeline clearly observes the need for characters like Tauriel to round out these narratives and demonstrate that women do have a place in the fantasy genre.
I’ve seen so much hate for Tauriel and Evangeline Lilly and the movie isn’t even out yet. *eye roll* When I was an eight year old girl reading The Hobbit, I changed several characters into women in my mind because I thought there weren’t enough girls in the story. Kids notice when they don’t see themselves represented, and as a little girl, I thought, why should boys have all the fun? I want to slay goblins too!
I’m super excited for Tauriel, and the more hate for her I see, the more I’m going to be sitting in the cinema cheering “SLAY THOSE ORCS TAURIEL YOU GO TAURIEL.” Because damn it, girls need heroes too.
Evangeline, you sold me; I’m hoping the quality of the script matches your commitment to the character.
For myself, I like imagining that Tolkien dwarves follow the Terry Pratchett model of gender not being something you disclose unless you’re actually doing something that results in baby dwarves, and that accordingly several members of Thorin’s Company are actually female—it IS canon after all in Peter Jackson’s adaptation that female dwarves also have beards…
I too remember demanding that my father genderbend “Merry” to “Mary” when he was reading LOTR aloud to me just so there was at least one girl in the fellowship and the first book. Ten year old me is utterly delighted by Tauriel, just on principle.