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Evangeline Lilly may have been promoting “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” when a guest on “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Friday, but she didn’t exactly talk up the source material. Instead, the actress pointed out that her “Hobbit” character was created due to a complete lack of women in much of the “Lord of the Rings” books.

She’s not wrong about this.

The topic came up when it was noted that Lilly’s character, an elf named Tauriel, was not in the J.R.R. Tolkien novel of “The Hobbit.” After talking about how she was pleased that critics and fans have accepted her addition, Lilly pointed out that Tauriel was necessary.

“There was not one female character in the book,” she explained. “As a little girl, you got so used to stories where there aren’t female characters — or at least they’re not prominent or prevalent. But it’s 2013. And I just think that that day is over and that women have to play prominent roles in films today!”

Although the “Live” hosts didn’t have much of a follow-up to that, Lilly has a point. Even in the much longer “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, there are only three female characters: Galadriel, Arwen (whose role in the films was increased dramatically) and Eowyn, the Rohan warrior.

The movies, at least, have done a little better with the lack of balance.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” opens worldwide on Friday, Dec. 13.

Posted by:Laurel Brown