And in his defense, Tolkien was writing in 1937. The world is a different place today, and I keep repeatedly telling people that in this day and age, to put nine hours of cinema entertainment in theaters for young girls to go and watch, and not have one female character for them to watch is subliminally telling them, “you don’t count.” You’re not important, and you’re not pivotal to story. And I just think they were very brave and very bright in saying, “We won’t do that to the young female audience who come and watch our film.” And not just the young female audience, but even a woman of my own age, I think it’s time we stop making stories that are only about men – especially only about heroic men. And I love that they made Tauriel a hero.
Evangeline Lilly, a Self-Proclaimed Tolkien Geek and also Perfect Human (via so-then-niamh-said)
And this is why the haters can go shoot themselves.
Like as not, women will go and watch this movie (it doesn’t matter if they went on their own or were accompanying someone else), and as much as we love some of the male characters, we also want to see us represented as a gender capable of both strength and compassion. And Tauriel captures both perfectly, thanks in part to Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens who wrote her, and Evangeline Lilly who plays her - all three of them, awesome women in their own right.