First Trailer For Tolkien Movie Shows The Lord Of The Rings Author At War

Tolkien hits theatres on May 10.

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The first trailer for the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the Lord of the Rings author has arrived. The short video gives us a first look at the film that will explore Tolkien's formative years and the journey and experiences that inspired him to write The Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien was an orphan, and a significant part of his life was finding friends at school. He fought in World War I, and many of his friends died in battle. Tolkien survived, and it is said that Tolkien's time serving in the trenches inspired some of his ideas for Middle-earth. Another significant element of Tolkien's life and the movie is his romantic relationship with Edith Bratt, who is played by Lily Collins.

The relationship between Tolkien and Bratt was supposedly the inspiration for Tolkien's Beren and Luthien story, which itself inspired the Aragorn-Arwen relationship in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings series. Tolkien and Bratt share a gravestone, and on it they're referred to as Beren and Luthien.

Tolkien hits theatres on May 10. It's directed by Dome Karukoski (Heart of Finland), based on script from David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford.

In addition to this film, another one is in the works that focuses on the relationship between Tolkien and Narnia writer C.S. Lewis, and how Tolkien helped convert Lewis to Christianity.

Outside of these, Amazon is producing a Lord of the Rings prequel TV show, while a massive Lord of the Rings art exhibit is opening in New York City. A new Lord of the Rings video game is also in the works, and it's said to have an online focus.

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Tolkien was strongly opposed to any suggestion that his war experiences informed or inspired anything within his LOR series. He strongly disliked critics making references to his life when it came to his works. I hope they don’t disrespect his wishes and beliefs by making it look like his war experience influenced his writing. Heard his son has something to do with this movie so fingers crossed they won’t disrespt Tolkien’s words regardless of whether his subconscious drew on his experiences for his writing. Additionally, wonder if they’ll explore his suspected Asperger’s syndrome retrospectively advocated for by some autism experts...

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@annettebomb: He can say that all he wanted, but let's be real. It did.

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@annettebomb: Tolkien disliked the attribution of allegorical intent, because such practices compromised the applicability of writings which were meant to be archetypal, and therefore not grounded into any particular time or place. However, this movie is about his life, Annette.

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@asnakeneverdies: LotR wasn't an allegory, but that certainly didn't stop him from using some religious symbolism in his stories, and many of his most wholesome or heroic characters have very close similarities shared with figures in the Bible.

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@Poodger: You're missing the point, Poodger. 😒

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@annettebomb: True dat. Seems like they will milk the war for drama.

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Jackson had nothing to do with Aragorn and Arwen's relationship. Also he stories were written for his son.You need to fix your article and this movie needs to not be made.