Additionally, Legolas and Tauriel have even been packaged together (one can only wonder if that's meant to be indicative of something):
Tauriel is an Elven warrior created by Peter Jackson for The Hobbit films (her character does not appear in Tolkien's original story). The decision to create a new character for the film has excited some, while others are upset at what they consider to be an "unnecessary" inclusion.
The description from Warner Bros. reads: "The female Woodelf of Mirkwood is as dangerous as beautiful. As a charge of King Thranduil and commander of the Woodland Realm protection troops Tauriel is very opinionated and passionate about representing what she thinks is right. The great warrior proves herself with the use of her two daggers and bows and arrows. Like Legolas, Tauriel turns to be extremely quick and agile in battle. She has lived for hundreds of years in Middle-earth, but is still one of the youngest of the Elves and has rarely ventured out of the great forest."
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