Just three weeks ago, the much anticipated “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” opened on Nov. 22, featuring Katniss Everdeen, everyone’s favorite archer. Before the film has finished it’s record-setting run in theaters, more famed archers hit the big screen Dec. 13 in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
The second installment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, features three characters who rely on the bow and arrow to survive: Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman, Orlando Bloom’s Legolas and Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel.
If you haven’t followed the storylines through Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” or the first installment of “The Hobbit,” but find yourself suddenly interested because you’re obsessed with archery, good for you!
Here’s a quick overview of Legolas, Bard the Bowman and the newly cooked-up Tauriel (plus some thoughts on a potential elf-mance) to get you ready for the movie release:
Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, who also appeared in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, shoots his Mirkwood recurve bow. Bloom told Yahoo! Singapore he was a bit rusty while reacquainting himself with shooting his bow. He also noted he’s 10 years older this go-around, which made a difference:
Yeah, we did a lot of brushing up on (archery skills). It was great, it was a great way to get back into the character, to get back into firing a bow and arrow. The aches and pains I have ten years on from being twenty-two, not too bad, but it’s very different to that svelte movement of an elf. It was definitely a little bit of work to get back in.”
Bard the Bowman
Bard is a skilled archer, who’s described as “grim faced” in Tolkien’s works. Luke Evans plays Bard and reveals in an interview with MTV that movie-goers will get to know a little more of Bard’s story in the latest Hobbit film.
“Basically, we’ve kept the story of Bard, we’ve just given him a bit more breathing space so that you get to understand his background. You meet his family a little bit more, you understand the reasons why he is the way he is.”
Evangeline Lilly is Tauriel, a character who never appeared in J.R.R. Tolkein’s original work. Lilly told MTV’s Sophie Schillaci that she didn’t necessarily become skilled in archery, but instead she became good at looking skilled. When asked who would win out in a confrontation between Tauriel and Katniss Everdeen, Lilly said:
“Well, I mean, unfortunately it’s an unfair battle because Tauriel is an elf and Katniss is a human. And elf-on-human, the elf will always win every time.
However, Lilly admitted that if the face-off was between her and Jennifer Lawrence, Lilly would be toast. But Schillaci reminded Lilly that Lawrence also admitted to similarly poor archery skills. To that, Lilly replied, “Awesome! So maybe we could just have a cup of tea.”
An Archer’s Love Triangle?
So there’s Tauriel and there’s Legolas. Those two have archery in common and everybody needs somebody, right? We have to believe love is blooming in this flick!
Well, we know two things to substantiate this notion:
1) Legolas’ interest in Tauriel aids in a storyline established in “The Lord of the Rings.” Hmmmm. Interesting.
2) Lilly revealed she had one condition for appearing in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and it involved a love triangle:
“The condition was: I will not be involved in a love triangle. Because any of you who are fans of “Lost” — I had it up to here with love triangles. And sure enough, I come back for reshoots in 2012 and they go, ‘We’ve made a few adjustments to the love story.”
So, yeah, sounds like love will happen while trying to take down Smaug, the dragon, that “most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm.”
If you’d like to see what critics are saying about the movie, “E” gives you a roundup here.