Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Tom Glynn-Carney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Colm Meaney, Genevieve O’Reilly, Craig Roberts, Derek Jacobi, James MacCallum, Guillermo Bedward, Pam Ferris
Bio-drama directed by Dome Karukoski, based on the life of English professor, philologist and author J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult). The story 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.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Since childhood, I have been fascinated with language. I’ve invented my own.
Edith Bratt: You invented an entire language?
J.R.R. Tolkien: Yes, I made stories, legends.
Edith Bratt: Tell me a story, in any language you want.
J.R.R. Tolkien: It’s a story about journeys, the journeys we take to prove ourselves. It’s about adventures. It’s about potent magic, magic beyond anything anyone has ever felt before. About what it means to love, and to be loved. About courage. It’s about fellowship.
Young J.R.R Tolkien: We should form a club, a brotherhood.
Young Robert: And change the world through the power of art.
Young Christopher Wiseman: Music.
Young Robert: And what about Tolkien?
Young J.R.R Tolkien: I want to write something.
Professor: Where you follow the rhythms of language, I have to tell you, Mr. Tolkien, I’ve never come across anything like it.
R.Q. Gilson: This is more than just a friendship. It’s an alliance, an invincible alliance.
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