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Tauriel (N)

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Time Period
T.A. 1594 - Third Age (?)
c. T.A. 1941 - Third Age (?)
c. T.A. 2341 - Third Age (?)
Gender
Female
Parents
Siblings
Unknown
Spouse
Unknown
Children
Unknown (N) = non-canon


Tauriel (S. "Forest-daughter") was a Silvan-elf of Mirkwood. The daughter of Tauressar, she was a captain of the Elven guard of Thranduil's Woodland Realm.

Biography

Tauriel is a young elf during the Quest of Erebor, around the age of 600 (however in some documentaries Peter Jackson said she would be around 1000, in fact giving a specific age of 1,347). Her parents were killed by orcs when she was younger, and it is hinted that Thranduil looked after her since then.

In T.A. 2941, Tauriel rescues Kíli after Thorin and Company are ambushed by Giant Spiders while she leads a mission to clear Mirkwood of their presence. Under Legolas's orders, she and the other guards take the Dwarves back to the Elvenking's Halls and confiscate their weapons. Tauriel becomes curious of Kíli's talisman and talks to him for a while, as Legolas watches from a distance.

Thranduil confronts Tauriel later, reminding her to clear the Giant Spiders out of Mirkwood as her duty as captain demands. She explains that she cannot clear all the spiders, as new spiders enter the forest after others have been driven away. She proposes destroying the source of the spiders at Dol Guldur outside the borders of Thranduil's realm, though the king refuses to do so. When she asks what happens to the lands that the spiders come to after being driven away, Thranduil dismisses the concern. He also states that though Legolas has grown fond of Tauriel, he would not allow his son to marry a lowly Silvan elf.

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 Narzug to the palace for interrogation. Narzug 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. As a result of his growing affections for Tauriel, Legolas agrees to accompany her.

In Lake-town, Bard's is attacked by Bolg and his troops. Tauriel and Legolas arrive to rescue Bard's daughters and 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, while chanting in Sindarin. Half in delirium, Kíli speaks of her 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.

During the Battle of Five Armies, Tauriel leaves Thranduil and accompanies Legolas and Bilbo Baggins to Ravenhill in order to warn Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Fíli, and Kíli of an upcoming attack led by Bolg. She successfully finds Kíli and the two battle against Bolg together. She is overpowered and almost killed by Bolg, but Kíli sacrifices himself to save her. Tauriel mourns over Kíli's body and kisses his lips, thus showing her fondness for him. Despite Tauriel's banishment, she later returned to Mirkwood.

Character

A captain of Thranduil's Elven Guards, Tauriel is a professional in the military and leads the Woodland Realm's armed forces. She is insightful into the changing nature of Middle-earth: In contrast to Thranduil's portrayed isolationism, Tauriel is interventionist and recognizes the growing evils of the world and the need to eradicate them.

Moderately effective in infantry combat, she is proficient in both archery and hand-to-hand combat. Her primary weapons are a reflex bow and two long daggers. She is shown to be an adept archer and marksman, with elvish reflexes and accuracy. She can simultaneously wield her bow and knife in combat, and can fire an arrow quick enough to intervene with the passage of a slower Orc arrow. 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.

References

  • The Hobbit Trilogy
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