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Evangeline Lilly wields a bow in a new image from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has revealed new look at Evangeline Lilly’s woodland Elf Tauriel, via (opens in new tab) .

The new still shows her poised and ready for action, taking aim with a bow and arrow, a weapon that’s re-emerged as something of a cinematic staple of late.

Of her character, Lilly tells EW that, “She’s slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill.” We caught up with Lilly a while back, and she told us about playing a grittier type of Elf .

The character is 600 years old (pretty young in Elf years), and is an entirely new creation, looking to add some gender balance to Tolkien’s male-centric Middle-earth adventure.

Check out the new Tauriel image in full below:

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Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug opens in the UK on 13 December 2013.

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.