Tolkien (film)

From Tolkien Gateway
Revision as of 13:03, 2 January 2022 by Mith (talk | contribs) (typo)
"...there is much else that may be told." — Glóin
This article or section is a stub. Please help Tolkien Gateway by expanding it.
Tolkien (film) - poster.jpg
DirectorDome Karukoski
ProducersPeter Chernin
Jenno Topping
David Ready
Kris Thykier
StarringNicholas Hoult
Lily Collins
CinematographyLasse Frank
EditingHarri Ylönen
MusicThomas Newman
StudioChernin Entertainment
DistributorFox Searchlight Pictures
Released3 May 2019 (UK)
10 May 2019 (USA)
Runtime112 minutes
Budget$20 million
Box office$9 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 Fox Searchlight 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]


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.


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


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 4 December 2022)
  2. Alison Flood, "Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult" dated 23 April 2019, The Guardian (accessed 4 December 2022)