TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.
Director Dome Karukoski, said "I’ve been a fan of Tolkien since I was 12 years old so the most important thing to me was to bring all the emotions I had reading his books to this movie."
Nicholas Hoult, who plays Tolkien, added "The more you learn about Tolkien, the more you are amazed by all his achievements and ideas. As an actor, you have to reconcile with the fact that when playing a real person. You can’t impersonate them, so you try to capture some of their living essence."
With a screenplay written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, Tolkien also stars Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.
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