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‘The Hobbit’s’ Evangeline Lilly turns the page

Evangeline Lilly is not only talented co-star of upcoming “Battle of the Five Armies,Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Evangeline Lilly is not only talented co-star of upcoming “Battle of the Five Armies,” she’s also author of kids book.

Evangeline Lilly has regularly played the storybook heroine in movies, but all this time she has secretly pined to be one writing those tales.

Listening to the 35-year-old actress recount her war stories from filming the “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,” it’s apparent that the Elven warrior is also a natural storyteller — one with her first children’s book, “The Squickerwonkers,” hitting stores Tuesday.

“We prepared this stunt that involved (my character) Tauriel killing about eight orcs in a row and I had practiced it so I could do it without a stunt double,” Lilly told the Daily News from the Atlanta set of her next action movie, “Ant-Man.”

“We were doing great . . . and then, sure enough, somewhere around take five I accidentally forgot that in the middle of the sequence there is this crucial moment where I need to duck. I didn’t duck in time and this orc, who was played by a man who was about 6-foot-4 and did cagefighting for a living, had his fist connect with my head at full speed.

“I literally saw stars. . . . I managed to get through without passing out, so I was pretty proud of myself .”

When she wasn’t fighting orcs at director Peter Jackson’s New Zealand studios, Lilly spent time at WETA Workshop, the mammoth creative hub where she would be fitted for costumes.

Ever since her breakthrough role on “Lost,” Lilly mulled transitioning from acting to her real passion — writing. And watching the artisans toiling away on side projects during down time, the idea didn’t seem like a pipe dream.

“I was not entirely satisfied with my career as an actress and (was) looking for something that would fulfill me creatively and give me all the things that I want out of a job,” Lilly said.

“I thought, surrounded by these types of people, if I can’t get inspired and I can’t make something happen then I’m never going to be able to do it.”

So Lilly conscripted WETA artist Johnny Fraser-Allen to illustrate a tale she had been kicking around since she was 14.

Her resulting literary debut tells a rhyming tale of a spoiled girl who stumbles on a show put on by a troupe of creepy living marionettes.

“The Squickerwonkers” is a throwback to the moral-heavy fairy tales that used to both fascinate and scare her as a kid growing up in the blue-collar town of Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta, Canada.

“Those stories appealed to the part of me that knew life wasn’t all kittens and bubblegum,” said Lilly, who has a 3-year-old son, Khakekili, to read to at home.

“I just don’t think that a lot of the time the messages we send kids prepare them for real life.”

The book is the first step in Lilly’s grand plan to eventually become known as much for her writing as her day job. No, she won’t miss the glamor of Hollywood — which is probably why she’s opted to live in Hawaii with her family over L.A. (She never did get off the island!)

“I definitely don’t make decisions taking movie roles based on any desire to become a quote-unquote A-list celebrity,” she says. “I had a bit of a taste of it when ‘Lost’ first hit and I experienced what it was like to be followed by paparazzi for two years running.

“It wasn’t a very good fit for me,” says Lilly. “If you can’t sit in a café quietly and be ignored, how can you observe human nature and write a story?”

Lilly will be reading from “The Squickerwonkers” and signing copies for fans Monday at 4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Tribeca (97 Warren St.)

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