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Tolkien is a 2019 American biographical fantasy film. It is the first Fox Searchlight film after Disney's acquisition of Fox on March 20, 2019. It is about the early life of English professor J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as notable academic works.


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.


  • Nicholas Hoult as J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Harry Gilby as Young Tolkien
  • Lily Collins as Edith Bratt
    • Mimi Keene as Young Edith Bratt
  • Colm Meaney as Father Francis Morgan
  • Derek Jacobi as Professor Wright
  • Anthony Boyle as Geoffrey Bache Smith
  • Patrick Gibson as Robert Q. Gilson
    • Albie Marber as Young Robert Q. Gilson
  • Tom Glynn-Carney as Christopher Wiseman
    • Ty Tennant as Young Christopher Wiseman
  • Craig Roberts as Sam
  • Pam Ferris as Mrs. Faulkner
  • James MacCallum as Hilary Tolkien
    • Guillermo Bedward as Young Hilary Tolkien
  • Laura Donnelly as Mabel Tolkien
  • Genevieve O'Reilly as Mrs. Smith
  • Owen Teale as Headmaster Gilson
  • Samuel Martin as Red Eyed Captain



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