When you watch the latest trailer for Tolkien, you can almost see Middle Earth.  Fox Searchlight released the second trailer for the upcoming J. R. R. Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily CollinsThe film chronicles  the author’s life focusing on the people and places that inspired his Lord of the Rings saga.  

The trailer begins with Tolkien telling his muse Edith Bratt (Collins) that he invented several languages and has many stories to tell. Edith asks for him to tell her one of those stories in any language he chooses.

The film follows the author from boyhood to manhood.  Tolkien finds three like minded, creative and artsy boys who become his best mates. They grow up together at Oxford and go to battle together in World War I. They call their friendship a club, an alliance…a fellowship. Tolkien’s experience in war, love, and friendship helped shape his stories. We see the world of Middle Earth come to life through Tolkien’s imagination.  There’s even a dragon in the trailer!

This movie looks so visually amazing.  No doubt that there will be plenty of Lord of the Rings references. Seeing how most of this trailer is about Edith and the “fellowship”, I’m most interested to see how the real people were like the characters.  Were any of his friends as silly as Pippen? Did any of the boys become a gardener like Sam? And who were his mentors that inspired characters like Gandalf? It’s just so interesting to step into the mind of one of my all time favorite authors. I’m so excited for this film.

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Tolkien is directed by Dome Karukoski, written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, produced by Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready and Kris Thykier. The film also stars Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.

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.

Tolkien premieres in theaters on May 10, 2019.


Noetta Harjo
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