Tolkien is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski.

Official trailers

FoxSearchlight on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 released the trailer:
TOLKIEN | Trailer 2 | FOX Searchlight.

Story intro

As young children being raised by a single mother, Tolkien and his brother receive help from a local priest who must relocate them from their home to small apartments in Birmingham due to financial hardships. Their mother is supportive and loving, filling her sons minds with narrated stories of adventure and mystery which she recites by the fireplace at night to the boys. She is ill, however, and one day on return from school, Tolkien finds his mother slumped in her chair in an unusual position, and upon touching her shoulder discovers that his mother has died. The local priest returns again to try to find a local home or orphanage that will take the boys in. A kindly rich woman in found in town who will support Tolkien and his brother with room and board while they continue their childhood education. There, Tolkien meets Edith Bratt, who lives in the same home into which he has been adopted and who loves music. She and Tolkien bond as friends because of their mutual passion for music and the two attend local concerts and musical events. When he is sent to school, J. R. R. Tolkien befriends a group of four fellow students, with whom he finds inspiration and courage. Their bond of fellowship grows with the years, as they experience life together. Meanwhile, Tolkien continues his relationship with Edith, with whom he falls in love. When the priest who has been supporting Tolkien finds out about their affair, he reminds Tolkien that she is not a Roman Catholic. He further states that as his legal guardian after the death of Tolkien's mother, that he forbids him any further relationship with Edith until he is 21 years of age. The news is devastating to Tolkien, though he does not want to lose his financial aid from the priest without which he would be forced to withdraw from college.


Nicholas Hoult
J. R. R. Tolkien
Harry Gilby
young J. R. R. Tolkien
Lily Collins
Edith Bratt, the lifelong love and later wife of Tolkien
Mimi Keene
young Edith Bratt
Colm Meaney
Father Francis Morgan, a Roman Catholic priest and former protege of Cardinal John Henry Newman
Derek Jacobi
Anthony Boyle
Geoffrey Bache Smith, a poet
Adam Bregman
young Geoffrey Smith
Patrick Gibson
Robert Q. Gilson
Albie Marber
young Robert Q. Gilson
Tom Glynn-Carney
Christopher Wiseman, a man
Ty Tennant
young Christopher Wiseman
Craig Roberts
Private Sam Hodges, an enlisted man
Pam Ferris
Mrs. Faulkner
James MacCallum
Hilary Tolkien
Guillermo Bedward
young Hilary Tolkien
Laura Donnelly
Mabel Tolkien
Genevieve O'Reilly
Mrs. Smith
Owen Teale
Headmaster Gilson
Samuel Martin
Red Eyed Captain


The film Tolkien was scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019 (United Kingdom), on May 10, 2019 (United States), on June 19, 2019 (France) and on June 20, 2019 (Germany) by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 20th Century Fox France, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 20th Century Fox Argentina, 20th Century Fox Brazil, Nordisk Film, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros..

The duration of the film is 112 minutes. With a budget of $20 million, the film grossed over $7.8 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


Tolkien got average rating from critics. But the audience likes the film.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: Tolkien (film)

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