How To Pronounce Tolkien

Tolkien hits theatres in May.

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A new movie about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien is coming to theatres next month. Among other things, the film confirms the correct pronunciation of the man's last name.

It is "Tol-Keen," not "Tol - Kine" or any other variation.

A clip from the new movie, Tolkien, was released on Twitter and it clears up any potential confusion about how to pronounce the legendary author's surname. Watch as actor Harry Gilby, who plays young Tolkien, stands up in class to correct his teacher.

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

Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men series) plays the adult Tolkien, while Lily Collins (To The Bone, Stuck In Love) plays Tolkien's wife, Edith Bratt.

In addition to Tolkien, Amazon is working on a new Lord of the Rings TV show that the network is reportedly spending $500 million to produce.

Outside of movies and TV, a new Lord of the Rings video game focusing on Gollum is in development for PC from developer Daedalic Entertainment and due out in 2021.

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I've pronounced it "Tohl-Ken" my whole life and dagnabbit I ain't stoppin' now!

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: LOL bruh

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Only Americans with their feet in their mouths will debate on how Tolkien is pronounced. The rest of the world already knows.

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@cottonfly: American here and I've always pronounced the name exactly as it is supposed to be. Stop being an arrogant uneducated xenophobic douchebag

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@masterfrankgrimes: Lets calm down Frank, no need to get all offensive lol.

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Don't call me shirley.