Why I think Tauriel is a problematic character... OR how Peter Jackson made a potentially awesome character into a problem for Tolkien's established Middle Earth canon:
  • Tolkien:You see the Elves and the Dwarfs? They have a shit relationship. Racism, old grudges, etc..
  • Tolkien:They fuckin hate each other and have for a long ass time
  • Tolkien:Gimli and Legolas forming a deep and meaningful friendship is a HUGE deal for both their races. It helped change the face of Middle Earth and showed that these two AMAZING characters, who's father's despised each other, could put aside old grudges and become such good friends that Gimli was welcomed into Valinor with Legolas
  • Tolkein:It's a beautiful and groundbreaking friendship.
  • Peter Jackson:Yeah, that's great and all
  • Jackson:But I really want to put a new random elf chick in
  • Jackson:And while I COULD have her be a BAMF without needed to form romantic relations ,and therefore have her fit seamlessly into Tolkien's narrative... I'm going to have Legolas have a crush on her,
  • Jackson:But SHE'S going to have the hots for a dwarf
  • Jackson:And now in my Middle Earth, it's not the friendship between Legolas and Gimli that helps to over comes years and years of racism at all
  • Jackson:It's my new character. Legolas just copies her in giving a dwarf (Gimli) a chance
  • Jackson:So screw you Tolkien. Who cares about all the history and lore of Middle Earth
  • Jackson:Tauriel x Kili 4eva .... (with a side of Legolas pining like a angsty 12 year old, because fuck years and years of characterization)
  • Jackson:I rock.
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What were your inspirations, especially since [Tauriel] is a completely created character; what brought you to bring that power because there were a lot of ways you could have played that role that would have been along the lines of what we usually see for a girl in an action movie where she’s not in the adventure, she’s the prize…? [x]

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