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Tolkien (2019)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 10 May 2019 (USA)
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The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.


Dome Karukoski
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hoult ... J.R.R. Tolkien
Al Bollands Al Bollands ... First Soldier
Kallum Tolkien Kallum Tolkien ... Second Soldier
Craig Roberts ... Private Sam Hodges
Harry Gilby ... J.R.R. Tolkien (Young)
Colm Meaney ... Father Francis
Laura Donnelly ... Mabel Tolkien
Guillermo Bedward ... Hilary Tolkien (Young)
Nia Gwynne ... Bronwen
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Faulkner
Adrian Schiller ... English Master
Albie Marber ... Robert Gilson (Young)
Ty Tennant ... Christopher Wiseman (Young)
Adam Bregman Adam Bregman ... Geoffrey Smith (Young)
Tony Nash Tony Nash ... Mackintosh


Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the "fellowship" apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Life of Love, Courage, and Fellowship

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The Tolkien family and the Estate issued a statement before the film's release to make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making of this film, and did not endorse it or its content in any way. See more »


Tolkien's mother took them to Birmingham when he was 3, not the age he is in the beginning, and he lived in or about Birmingham all though his schooling years. See more »


J.R.R. Tolkien (Young): It's Keen, sir.
English Master: What?
J.R.R. Tolkien (Young): It's pronounced Tolkeen, sir. Not Tol-Kine.
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Featured in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 30 April 2019 (2019) See more »


Kashmiri Song (Pale Hands I Loved)
Lyric by Lawrence Hope
Music by Amy Woodford-Finden
Performed by Patricia Hammond
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User Reviews

Tokien provides a solid story with some unnecessary distractions
24 July 2019 | by WellenstockSee all my reviews

The story and the excellent cinematography alone make for agood film. For some reason they forced in elements that had the effect of pandering to the weak minded. The film would have been much improved if these elements were left out.

It's enough to see a fellowship develop in the prep school and the visual scenes of WWI without CG of dragon silhouettes and ghosts in gas clouds. We audience members can make connections on our own and guess at what inspired him. I doubt he was thinking about dragons while seeing an actual flamethrower used in warfare.

The real story was in the details and they were good.

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Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,200,537, 12 May 2019

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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