1st tantalizing look at Evangeline Lilly as an elf in The Hobbit

Former castaway Evangeline Lilly stole our hearts as the mysterious Kate on Lost, and now she hopes to kick our collective asses as the new elf warrior Tauriel in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. Want to finally see how she looks?

The studio still hasn't released any production shots showing Lilly in full elven garb, but some new toys tied to the film's release have given us our first look at Lilly as a Mirkwood elf.

Lilly's character was created by Jackson exclusively for the films, which goes along with his plan to dig into J.R.R. Tolkien's appendices to flesh out the relatively short story of The Hobbit.

The character of Tauriel is reportedly a member of the elven guard, and her weapons of choice include a bow and arrow and daggers.

Previous reports from Lilly said the character would factor heavily into the second film—but that was before The Hobbit became a trilogy. Now we'd have to think she probably plays at least some role in the final two films. But who knows?

Check her out in this zoomed shot from the toy packaging below and let us know what you think (and click to see it larger).

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(Via The Mary Sue)

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