Fantasy fans probably know the “Lord of the Rings” films by Peter Jackson inside out, have certainly seen the “The Hobbit” trilogy – and if you like to read, as a fantasy enthusiast, of course you won’t get the appropriate one literary models by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, better known as JRR Tolkien. Even those who haven’t read the books or the films have at least heard of them. But who was this Tolkien who gave us the greatest and best-known fantasy saga of our time?
You can find out something about Tolkien on TV today, directly after the 5-star masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring”. Because at 11:50 p.m., unfortunately very late, the 2019 movie “Tolkien” is shown on TV – a biopic about the legendary writer starring “X-Men” star Nicholas Hoult. So the late date means: either stay awake, pre-program the recorder or grab Blu-ray, DVD or Stream.
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The big question, of course, is: is Tolkien worth it? In our DashFUN review, the drama got 2.5 out of 5 possible stars – a solid rating, but not a crystal-clear recommendation for everyone. Nevertheless, we can recommend “Tolkien” especially to “The Lord of the Rings” fans as a TV tip, because after all, the focus here is on the person to whom we owe this epochal story.
Tolkien’s life in his early years is shown in the film as that of a normal man at the beginning of the 20th century: he studies at college, he falls in love (with his future wife Edith, played by “Emily in Paris” star Lily Collins ) and of course he has to to war – where he has horrific experiences, which director Dome Karukoski depicts in his film as Tolkien’s inspiration for Mordor (see also our news picture for this text, which comes from “Tolkien”).
Otherwise, Middle-earth is in the background in this “Tolkien” biopic – rather, Karukoski focuses on the romance between Tolkien and Edith and puts a further focus on Tolkien’s shyness and enthusiasm for language. So if you are also interested in the man behind the myth “The Lord of the Rings” and also like historical biopics, “Tolkien” will serve you well. even if the really big references to his mega fantasy epic are missing here.
Incidentally, why we are pretty sure that you haven’t seen the film yet: When “Tolkien” started in the cinemas on June 9, 2019, it only attracted almost 35,000 viewers * in front of the screen in Germany.
But significantly more people are guaranteed to see the next Tolkien production that awaits us: On September 2, 2022, the long-awaited “The Lord of the Rings” series finally starts on Amazon Prime Video, which tells the prequel to the Ring saga. And there is already a trailer for it:
This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN. *The link to the Amazon offer is a so-called affiliate link. If you make a purchase through this link, we will receive a commission.