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Tolkien (film)

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DirectorDome Karukoski
ProducerPeter Chernin
Jenno Topping
David Ready
Kris Thykier
WriterDavid Gleeson
Stephen Beresford
MusicThomas Newman
CinematographyLasse Frank
EditingHarri Ylönen
StudioSearchlight Pictures
DistributorWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Released3 May 2019
Runtime112 minutes
Budget$20 million
WebsiteOfficial website
IMDbIMDb Profile

Tolkien is a 2019 biographical drama film depicted J.R.R. Tolkien's early life in Birmingham and King Edward's School, as an undergraduate at Oxford and serving in the Great War. Directed by Dome Karukoski, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien, Lily Collins as Edith Bratt, Colm Meaney as Father Francis Morgan, and Derek Jacobi as Professor Joseph Wright. That was released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in the United Kingdom on 3 May 2019 and in the United States on 10 May 2019. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $7 million worldwide on a $20 million budget.[1]


[edit] Synopsis

Beginning with the childhood of Tolkien in Sarehole Mill, the film covers the early years of his life until the end of the Great War.

[edit] Cast

Actor Role
Nicholas Hoult J. R. R. Tolkien
Lily Collins Edith Bratt
Colm Meaney Father Francis Morgan
Derek Jacobi Prof. Joseph Wright
Anthony Boyle Geoffrey Bache Smith
Patrick Gibson Robert Q. Gilson
Tom Glynn-Carney Christopher Wiseman
James MacCallum Hilary Tolkien
Harry Gilby young Tolkien
Mimi Keene young Edith Bratt
Adam Bregman young Geoffrey Smith
Albie Marber young Robert Gilson
Ty Tennant young Christopher Wiseman
Guillermo Bedward young Hilary Tolkien
Pam Ferris Mrs. Faulkner
Craig Roberts Private Sam Hodges
Laura Donnelly Mabel Tolkien
Genevieve O'Reilly Mrs. Smith
Owen Teale Headmaster Gilson
Tony Nash Mackintosh
Sian Crisp Waitress

[edit] Reception

Some weeks before its released, the Tolkien Estate "wished to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film", and that "they do not endorse it or its content in any way".[2]


  1. "Tolkien (2019)" dated 14 June 2019, Box Office Mojo (accessed 28 November 2021)
  2. Alison Flood, "Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult" dated 23 April 2019, The Guardian (accessed 28 November 2021)