by Justin Dweeber at . Comments

Previously, if someone in The Hobbit universe had yelled, "Where my ladies at?" they would have gotten a rather dismal response.

But now, Tauriel will go, "I'm right here!"

Tauriel is a new female elf created for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to introduce some femininity into the overwhelmingly male world J.R.R. Tolkien created.

The character is portrayed by Evangeline Lilly. Check out the first image of Tauriel from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Tauriel

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Evangeline Lilly has hopped on board The Hobbit.

The actress, best known for portraying Kate on Lost, will portray a woodland elf named Tauriel. She's a new character to the series, as teased by Peter Jackson on his Facebook page:

"Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing!" the director wrote. “What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life."

Evangeline Lilly Photograph

Lily co-starred on Lost with Dominic Monaghan, who played a major role in The Lord of the Rings. The actress and actor dated for awhile, too.

The first installment in this franchise, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters on 12/14/12.