Is there anything you would have changed about Peter Jackson's (emphasis: not Tolkien's) character Tauriel? I kind of like her in some ways, and I'm not against female elf warriors. Tolkien himself basically wrote that male and female elves are equal in everything but giving birth, though genders tend to be drawn to certain professions more, and male elves are more likely to become warriors. Of course, it doesn't mean that females wouldn't do it at all, but being exposed to battle and death means the diminishing of other skills for the Elf kind, namely healing. My real grip about her is that she's misplaced and she's used to derail the canon storyline. I did think that it was very much like a teenage girl writing a Mary Sue for a fanfiction when she's basically both the love interest of Kili and Legolas. Definitely not something that I would have imagined Tolkien to write, and she doesn't make any sense when contemplating the mortal/immortal relationship dilemma. Read about Beren and Lúthien if you wish to understand it. Also, red hair is supposed to be super rare for the Elves. Only Mahtan's family was known to have it (Mahtan, Nerdanel, Maedhros, Amrod and Amras). She would have been better off if she interacted more with the other Jackson invented original characters instead of the canon ones. Kili was supposed to go into the Lonely Mountain with the rest of the Dwarves. Also, he was supposed to be blonde just like Fili... Or maybe I shouldn't be arguing about this alternative universe Jackson created. People do that a lot now a days but I still prefer to stay loyal to canon details. What I'm mostly concerned about is the first impression the movies give to people who never read the books.