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, J. R. R. Tolkien and his brother receive help from a local priest, Father Francis, who must relocate them from their home to small apartments in Birmingham due to financial hardships. Their mother is supportive and loving, filling their minds with stories of adventure and mystery which she recites by the fireplace at night. She becomes ill, however, and one day upon returning home from school, Tolkien finds her slumped in her chair, dead. Father Francis becomes the boys' legal guardian, and eventually finds a kindly rich woman who agrees to takes them in, providing them with room and board while they continue their childhood education. There, Tolkien meets Edith Bratt, the woman's only other ward. Tolkien is taken with Edith, whose piano playing he admires, and the two become friends. At school, Tolkien immediately shows talent with languages, earning rough treatment from a rival classmate, Robert. When the two boys get into a fight, the headmaster - Robert's father - orders that they spend all of their time together for the remainder of the term. While both initially resent the assignment, Tolkien is soon accepted into Robert's small circle of friends, and the four - J. R. R., Robert, Geoffrey, and Christopher - form a close friendship, which grows with the years, even as they attend separate universities. Meanwhile, Tolkien continues his friendship with Edith, falling in love with her. Father Francis finds out about their relationship and recognizes that it is affecting Tolkien's grades, and so forbids him from pursuing her while under his guardianship. Tolkien is distraught, not wanting to lose the priest's financial support of his schooling. He relates the conversation to Edith, promising they will be able to be together when he reaches 21, the age of majority, but she instead ends the relationship.


Nicholas Hoult
J.R.R. Tolkien
Lily Collins
Edith Bratt, the lifelong love and later wife of Tolkien
Colm Meaney
Father Francis Morgan, a Roman Catholic priest and former protege of Cardinal John Henry Newman
Derek Jacobi
Professor Wright
Harry Gilby
young J. R. R. Tolkien
Mimi Keene
young Edith Bratt
Adam Bregman
young Geoffrey Smith
Anthony Boyle
Geoffrey Smith
Albie Marber
Robert Gilson (Young)
Craig Roberts
Private Sam Hodges, an enlisted man
Patrick Gibson
Robert Gilson
Ty Tennant
young Christopher Wiseman
Pam Ferris
Mrs. Faulkner
Tom Glynn-Carney
Christopher Wiseman, an aspiring composer
Guillermo Bedward
young Hilary Tolkien
Laura Donnelly
Mabel Tolkien
James MacCallum
Hilary Tolkien
Owen Teale
Headmaster Gilson
Genevieve O'Reilly
Mrs. Smith
Al Bollands
First Soldier
Kallum Tolkien
Second Soldier
Nia Gwynne
Adrian Schiller
English Master
Tony Nash
Michael Bryceson
Andrew Bissell
Rugby Coach
Sian Crisp
Antony Barlow
Maître d' (as Antony Raymond Barlow)
David Puckridge
Box Office Man
David Bromley
Lara Maguire
Holly Dempster
Jane Dixon-Rowland
David Birkbeck
Colin Burnie
Professor #1 (as Colin Macdonald Burnie)
Andy Orchard
Professor #2
Frank Kerr
Drunken Student
Rob Rhys Bond
Joel Phillimore
John Bradfield
Mia Woods
Priscilla Tolkien (Child)
Sienna Woods
Priscilla Tolkien (Child)
Paul Gurcel Escudero
Michael Tolkien (Child)
Harry Webster
John Tolkien Jnr. (Child)
Jack Riley
Christopher Tolkien (Child)


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 Fox Searchlight Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 20th Century Fox France, 20th Century Fox Argentina, 20th Century Fox Brazil, Nordisk Film, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 112 minutes. With a budget of $20 million, the film grossed over $9 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:

IMDB: Tolkien

Wikipedia: Tolkien (film)

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