Tolkien Summary and Synopsis

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. England, early 20th century. The future writer and philologist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) and three of his schoolmates create a strong bond between them as they share the same passion for literature and art, a true fellowship that strengthens as they grow up, but the outbreak of World War I threatens to shatter it. Tolkien Wiki

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A Life of Love, Courage & Fellowship...

Tolkien (2019)

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53 julimar - Pure Brilliance5 star

I loved this movie from the moment it began til the moment it ended. All actors were absolutely amazing.

hulklol - The story behind the literary genius5 star

"Nothing can beat childhood", answered García Márquez when asked why he didn't write the second half of his autobiography. This movie is about Tolkien's childhood and youth, and how the experiences he lived as an orphan boy, specially his experiences of friendship and love, shaped his own mythology. Its a great, emotional story. You won't regret watching it. P.d.: And for the moros who asked about C. S. Lewis, they didn't met in Tolkien's childhood or youth, they met years later.

Panzerthane - Huh?2 star

Someone else below mentioned this, but why on earth is C.S. Lewis not a character? So odd.

romant55 - Amazing story5 star

This is a must watch. Don’t worry about bad reviews, this movie has a heart.

aesthete27 - Underrated4 star

An idealistic story about friendship, romantic love and the joys of intellect--ideas that have little currency in today's world and which are apparently too earnest for some sophisticated, jaded movie reviewers who see everything as a "trope." This movie would have been better reviewed and done better at the box office thirty years ago.

virgogrrl5 - Loved it5 star

watched it on a date night with my husband. We both loved it. I don't know about Tokein's life so I'm not sure how the movie deviates from the truth. Regardless, it was a beautiful movie!

R7AA7R - What’s the point?1 star

The film didn’t go too much in depth. Tried to mask it with few primitive effects/moments.

DirtyBrotherKiller03Gaming - Love it5 star

Very touching story about his life which helped me to understand why he wrote so many great stories!

Svenskky - CS Lewis obliterated from story1 star

Not one word about CS Lewis's great influence on Tolkien, or their deep friendship. Typical Hollywood rewriting of history. Very dissapointing.

sinela77 - Nelly5 star

Great movie 👌

Boll Weevill - bad casting1 star

obviously producers and screen writers’ neither studied nor researched very deep into this great literary story poor

Logos114 - Beauty. Friendship. Philology.5 star

Really enjoyed this depiction of Tolkien’s life and some of his most formative relationships as a child and young man.

A Past User. - A Must-Watch5 star

This movie is beautiful.

Sean32312 - Great movie!5 star

I enjoyed watching this movie! Highly recommended!

Oxford92 - Wonderful insight into a beloved author5 star

I loved learning a bit more about this wonderful author— especially the love story with Edith. I will make it a priority to visit their resting place in Oxford next time I’m there.

Zossima - Deeply moving, a beautifully woven tapestry5 star

This compelling biopic covering J.R.R. Tolkien's youth into young adulthood is so intimately presented that repeated viewings yield great rewards. There is much here to absorb, and not a frame is wasted. Themes of love, fellowship, suffering, loss, self-sacrifice, noblility of spirit, and faith are patiently woven throughout the story, and Tolkien's brilliance and love of language and fantasy are balanced by an honest portrayal of the man in his youth (the stealing of a bus really happened). A haunting score by Thomas Newman and superb direction by Dome Karukoski are matched by top-tier performances from Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, with a wholly believable supporting cast. I saw it a few times in the theatre, and am very impressed that such a film has been made.

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AliaAndreth5 star

I will die on the hill of Tolkien elves in general and Feanorians in particular being built and huge. They can be s…

Tonyubuntu5 star

On page 154 of 1230 of Il signore degli anelli, by J.R.R. Tolkien


@AstroImperial: I recommend you watch the full video on YouTube. It's called "Tolkien and Lewis Debate Myth"

AliaAndreth5 star

Of course I imagined all the Feanorians, and many of the House of Finwe to be big people, built like football playe…

Ade_marioneto5 star

Minha casa. Minhas coleções de J.K Rowling, Tolkien e a coletânea de livros de literatura brasileira que ganhei da…

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