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The posters for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey boast more facial hair than a mustache contest, and with all the hearty drinking, singing and sword fighting, the original The Hobbit is one of the most male-dominated works of literature ever. But when it came time to bring The Hobbit to the screen, there were two women who started off the process of adapting it, and writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh (working alongside Guillermo del Toro at first and then Peter Jackson) weren't about to let this massive adventure story remain an all-boys club. That included a brief inclusion of Cate Blanchett's Galadriel in An Unexpected Journey to bring some "feminine energy," according to Boyens, but also the even bolder step of inventing an entirely new character. Evangeline Lilly's warrior elf Tauriel doesn't appear in An Unexpected Journey, but when I spoke to her last week Boyens said »

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