Look what they’ve done to my… Tolkien?
The Summer 2012 Future 100 edition of Total Film includes six Hobbit actors. A comment by Aidan Turner, who plays Kili in the films, has caused a little stir today. As reported by TheOneRing.net, here is part of what Turner told the magazine about his character:
Kili’s part has been expanded from the novel; as well as chasing treasure, he’s also pursuing female elf Tauriel. But is he setting his sights too high? “I guess he knows nothing can ever happen,” he explains. “She’s about 20ft tall and he’s only two!”
A romance?… between a dwarf and an elf? What has Jackson done to JRR Tolkien’s beloved children’s book?
But this isn’t the first hint of romantic feelings of a dwarf for an elf in Jackson’s version of Middle-earth. Remember how awestruck Gimli was with Galadriel? Gimli’s request for a single hair from her head, and her gift of three hairs, is straight from the book.
Of course, Tauriel, played by LOST’s Evangeline Lilly, is not a character Tolkien created, but I’m sure it will be debated how “true” to Tolkien’s spirit her character is. And Turner’s hyperbole may extend beyond the difference in height.
What do you think? Is this “romantic” twist something of which Tolkien would have approved, or has Jackson gone too far? Feel free to leave your comments below.
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