Tolkien (film)

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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 that depictes 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 and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien himself, Lily Collins as Edith Bratt, Colm Meaney as Father Francis Morgan, and Derek Jacobi as Professor Joseph Wright. It 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 from his birth 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 J. R. R. 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
Kallum Tolkien Second Soldier
Craig Roberts Private Sam Hodges
Laura Donnelly Mabel Tolkien
Genevieve O'Reilly Mrs. Smith
Owen Teale Headmaster Gilson
Tony Nash Mackintosh
Sian Crisp Waitress
Mia Woods Priscilla Tolkien
Sienna Woods Priscilla Tolkien
Paul Gurcel Escudero Michael Tolkien
Harry Webster John Tolkien Jnr.
Jack Riley Christopher Tolkien


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]

The film currently holds an approval rating of 51% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and an average rating of 5.8/10.[3]It was criticized for giving no indication that Christianity for Tolkien was a central theme in his life, despite its impact on his work.[4]


See also: Category:Images from Tolkien (film)
Pictures from Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien on his desk  
J.R.R. Tolkien and Edith kissing  


  1. "Tolkien (2019)" dated 14 June 2019, Box Office Mojo (accessed 28 January 2023)
  2. Alison Flood, "Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult" dated 23 April 2019, The Guardian (accessed 28 January 2023)
  3. "Tolkien (2019)", Rotten Tomatoes (accessed 27 October 2022)
  4. Paul Batura, "Paul Batura: Disney ignores Tolkien's Christian faith in new drama" dated 12 May 2019, Fox News (accessed 27 October 2022)