Co-producer Philippa Boyens addressed some changes made for the movie adaptation, especially the addition of a new character or two, something that could be seen as heresy by the literary community or Tolkien fans. Boyens said the story felt weighed down by males, so they created a female elf, being played by Evangeline Lilly and seen briefly in the footage.What. The. Fuck? Tolkien's novels are a masterpiece. A classic. They define a genre. So Philippa Fucking Boyens decides she can improve upon them by adding a female character to do what, discuss tampons and boy bands? Does Tokenlass spend her screen time regaling the dwarves with tedious gossip about elves that none of them have ever met? Does she have sex with Borin before making a hypergamous upgrade to Thorin, then demanding that the dwarves replace their battleaxes and warhammers with lighter ones that she can carry?
“We created her to bring that feminine energy,” Boyens said. “We believe it’s completely within the spirit of Tolkien. We didn’t want her to be a ploy.”
The problem with Jackson's LOTR trilogy wasn't the omission of Tom Bombadil but the addition of the idiotic dialogue invented by Boyens; HBO's adaptation of A Game of Thrones is much superior due to the fact that Martin himself is being used to create the additional dialogue required by the new medium. Now, I'll still watch The Hobbit when it comes out. Like The Lord of the Rings, the source material is too good to be ruined by the "contributions" of Ms Boyens's script. But it's unsurprising that the Tolkien estate is less than ecstatic about Jackson's films, which fortunately means there will be future films that will be conceived and advertised as being more faithful to Tolkien's text instead of presenting the Ms Magazine version of them.
Anyhow, to Hell with Boyens, her feminine energy, and her fear of an excessively male story.