‘Tolkien’, Biopic of ‘Lord of the Rings’ Author J.R.R. Tolkien, to be Released May 10

“Tolkien,” a biographical drama based on the life of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, is slated for a May 10 release and will explore the early life, love, and friendships of the Christian novelist.

Directed by Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as J.R.R. Tolkien and Lily Collins as Edith Bratt, Tolkien’s wife and muse who inspired the elven princess characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Deadline reports.

According to the synopsis, the film will focus on the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at Oxford University.

These events lead to the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” — which included fellow Christian authors C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams — apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous novels, including The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books.

Written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, “Tolkien” is the first major motion picture to delve into the life of the mythmaker, although movies made off his books have made billions at the box office and sparked TV spinoffs. A new “Lord of the Rings” series is in development at Amazon Studios.

With book sales in the 250-300 million range, Tolkien remains one of the most beloved and influential authors today. While the famed storyteller died in 1973, he’s widely regarded as the father of modern fantasy.

A devout Christian, Tolkien’s enduring faith was central to his life and is expressed in his novels through symbolism and imagery. He once said: “We have come from God and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed, only by myth-making, only by becoming a ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can man ascribe to the state of perfection that he knew before the fall.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett