On Tauriel and Her Purpose in the Narrative (And Why She isn’t a Mary-Sue)

(as a preface, I should note that this meta is entirely based on the movies— especially since those are what Tauriel is exclusive to them.)

So. We’ve all seen those “Tauriel only ditched her kingdom because of a dwarf” posts, which end more often than not with someone pulling shit out of their ass and passing it off like it’s canonical. 

Tauriel’s existence in the Hobbit trilogy was not for sake of romance. It was never for the sake of romance. Tauriel’s existence was for the sake of rebellion. The whole “Tauriel only left because she thought Kili was hot” train of thought is flawed because it ultimately shows a failure to comprehend the narrative, and thus, the character.

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The Hobbit - The Good and Bad

The Bad:

- Tauriel

- “These are Rhosgebel rabbits!”

- Bilbo wasn’t a trained warrior; he can’t realistically fight a single orc and survive.

- In order to compensate for this, the enemies are so incompetent they can’t use a sword like a normal person and have to take seven years to finish a single swing.

- “We stuck ‘im with a Mordor shaft.” This isn’t important. No one cares but Tauriel.

- Fucking Tauriel

- Legolas “Notice Me, Tauriel; I’m an Edgelord” Greenleaf

- CGI_Orc_1 and CGI_Orc_2 Azog the Defiler and That One Guy No One Remembers Bolg

- Honestly, what the hell are “Rhosgebel rabbits?”

- That chase scene in the goblin tunnels that might as well been an amusement park ride

- Paddle-shaped dwarven weapons

- The Rhosgebel rabbits weren’t funny or charming. Go away.

- Smaug taunting Bard, a human he doesn’t know and should be absolutely beneath him

- Tauriel “I’m Better Than Everyone Else and Am Surprised When Everyone’s Annoyed by My Mary-Sue Behavior” Last-Name

- Thorin: Huh, I’m going to follow Azog’s (alleged) corpse along the frozen river and not assume this is a bad idea the moment I do it.

- That romance

- Don’t even act like you don’t know what romance I’m talking about

The Good:

- Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

- G A N D A L F

- “What do you mean ‘good morning?’ Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

- That lil’ Frodo cameo

- Bilbo’s nose wiggle

- Any scene involving the Ringwraiths

- Gandalf at Dol Guldur

- The spider scene in Mirkwood

- Bilbo stabbing the shit of that baby spider and scaring the piss out of everyone in the theater.


- M i r k w o o d

“I have the only right.”

- The entire Gollum scene

- Bilbo’s progression into his obsession of the Ring

- That epic fight between the Ringwraiths and Elrond, Saruman, and Lady Galadriel

- Sauron appearing.

- That one booming white flash when Galadriel blew that orc to smithereens just by waving her hand.

- “It never ceases to amaze me. The courage of Hobbits.”

- “Farewell, Master Baggins.”

- The fucking whimper

- Bilbo entering into his home again.

- “And what about very old friends?”


Sir Ian McKellen: We get on very well together, and there’s an emotional connection based on mutual trust and admiration for each other.

Cate Blanchett: It’s not hard to be flirtatious with Ian.

Peter Jackson: Like, yes, you can call it a special chemistry, other people will call it snogging. They seem to fall in love with each other almost instantaneously.

Galadriel by Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop Designer 
The Hobbit Chronicles

“When word came out to us that we would see the coming of Galadriel to Dol Guldur, something I have long imagined in my head, I couldn’t wait to start drawing.
I thought of her in brilliant gold leafmaille like feathers, with golden leaves woven into her cascade of hair, imagining her arrival in the dungeons as being like a dazzling sunrise, untouchable and searing, so bright she burned the eyes to look upon.”

This is my favorite gif of all time. She is my favorite character in all the Lord of the Rings and probably favorite female character of all time. Galadriel is awesome…She was the only woman who stood with the males and rebelled against the Valar. Not only that, but she was one of the Elves who crossed the Helcraxë and became the one of the greatest Noldor in Middle Earth. During the War of the Ring, she and Thranduil’s Elven army tore down and destroyed Dol Guldur. She could have claimed the high kingship of the Elves in Middle Earth but she did not claim that title instead going by Lady Galadriel. She not only had magical powers that kept Lothlórien from harm and could perceive the future and others’ minds, but she also was beautiful and wise beyond almost all others.

[…] and she grew to be tall beyond the measure even of the women of the Noldor; she was strong of body, mind, and will […] Even among the Eldar she was accounted beautiful, and her hair was held a marvel unmatched. It was golden like the hair of her father and of her foremother Indis, but richer and more radiant, for its gold was touched by some memory of the starlike silver of her mother; and the Eldar said that the light of the Two Trees, Laurelin and Telperion, had been snared in her tresses.

Cate Blanchett became one of my favorite people because of how well she portrayed Galadriel. 

Essential Black Metal
  • Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse
  • Emperor – Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
  • Dark Funeral – The Secrets of the Black Arts
  • Darkthrone – Under a Funeral Moon
  • Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger
  • Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane
  • Satyricon – Nemesis Divina
  • Carpathian Forest – Defending the Throne of Evil
  • Dark Fortress – Tales From Eternal Dusk
  • Gorgoroth – Under the Sign of Hell
  • Lord Belial – Enter the Moonlight Gate
  • Setherial – Hell Eternal
  • Marduk – Plague Angel
  • Impaled Nazarene – Ugra-Karma
  • Impaled Nazarene – Rapture
  • Immortal – At the Heart ov Winter
  • Watain – Casus Luciferi
  • Burzum – Filosofem
  • Burzum – Hliðskjálf
  • Naglfar – Vittra
  • Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky
  • Sarcófago – I.N.R.I.
  • Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
  • Burzum – Hvis Lysset Tar Oss
  • Taake – Natestid ser Porten Vid
  • Bathory – Blood Fire Death
  • Enslaved – Frost
  • Deathspell Omega – Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice
  • Immortal – Pure Holocaust
  • Behexen – By the Blessing of Satan
  • Grand Belial’s Key – Mocking the Philanthropist
  • Venom – Black Metal
  • Gorgoroth – Antichrist
  • Summoning – Dol Guldur
  • Ulver – Nattens Madrigal
  • Graveland – Thousand Swords
  • Negură Bunget – OM
  • Rotting Christ – Triarchy of the Lost Lovers
  • Sacramentum – Far Away From The Sun
  • Bathory – Under The Sign Of The Black Mark
  • Satyricon – Dark Medieval Times
  • Leviathan – Tenth Sub Level of Suicide
  • Deströyer 666 – Unchain The Wolves
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  • Enslaved – Víkínglígr Veldí
  • Ildjarn – Strength and Anger
  • Mütiilation – Remains of a Ruined, Dead and Cursed Soul
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  • Velvet Cacoon – Genevieve
  • Graveland – Following the Voice of Blood
  • Agalloch – The Mantle
  • Blut Aus Nord – The Work Which Transforms God
  • Blasphemy – Fallen Angel of Doom
  • Bathory – Bathory
  • Limbonic Art – Ad Noctum-Dynasty of Death
  • Immortal – Battles in the North
  • Ulver – Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
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  • Altar of Plagues – White Tomb
  • Sear Bliss – Phantoms
  • Wolves in the Throne Room – Two Hunters
  • Keep of Kalessin – Armada
  • Shining – The Erie Cold
  • Enslaved – Below the Lights
  • Nazxul – Iconoclast
  • Abigor – Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
  • Mörk Gryning – Tusen år har gått…
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  • Nokturnal Mortum – Goat Horns
  • Covenant – Nexus Polaris
  • Hel – Orloeg
  • Windir – 1184
  • Sear Bliss – Forsaken Symphony
  • Sin Origin – In the Presence of a Dread Magician
  • Craft –- Total Soul Rape
  • Wyrd – Huldrafolk
  • Behemoth – Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)
  • Behemoth – Grom
  • Behemoth – And the Forests Dream Eternally

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Locations of Middle-Earth - Strongholds of the Enemy 


Today in Middle-Earth: Thorin and Gandalf’s chance meeting at the Prancing Pony in Bree (March 25th, 2941 T.A.)

 The state of things in the North was very bad. The Kingdom under the Mountain and the strong Men of Dale were no more. To resist any force that Sauron might send to regain the northern passes in the mountains and the old lands of Angmar there were only the Dwarves of the Iron Hills, and behind them lay a desolation and a Dragon. The Dragon Sauron might use with terrible effect.  Often I said to myself:  "I must find some means of dealing with Smaug. But a direct stroke against Dol Guldur is needed still more. We must disturb Sauron’s plans. I must make the Council see that.‘ 

“Those were my dark thoughts as I jogged along the road. I was tired, and I was going to the Shire for a short rest, after being away from it for more than twenty years. I thought that if I put them out of my mind for a while I might perhaps find some way of dealing with these troubles. And so I did indeed, though I was not allowed to put them out of my mind. 

"For  just  as  I  was  nearing  Bree  I  was  overtaken  by Thorin  Oakenshield, who  lived  then  in  exile beyond the north-western borders of the Shire. To my surprise he spoke to me; and it was at that moment that the tide began to turn.’