I knew his name. But his high fantasy literature with a made-up language was not my must-read, preferred genre. Stewart, on the other hand, read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and appreciated the visually in-depth books about the complex middle earth characters created by John Ronald Reuel “J.R.R.” Tolkien.
Interestingly, I enjoyed the movie TOLKIEN, a bio-pic about the personal life of J.R.R. Tolkien. Stewart, not so much. He thought the movie should have had more background about the fantasy world J.R.R. Tolkien created in his writing.
Whereas, I recommend the movie Tolkien as an interesting story about an orphan who was accepted into exclusive private schools in Britain, the girl he loved, the tight friendships he formed with three of his fellow classmates, enduring the trauma of being on the battlefield in World War I, and his later years as a successful, remarkable writer.
Hoult as J. R. R. Tolkien
- Harry Gilby as young J. R. R. Tolkien
Collins as Edith Bratt, a lifelong love and later wife of Tolkien who served as
inspiration for the character Lúthien Tinúviel
- Mimi Keene as young Edith Bratt
- Colm Meaney as Father Francis Morgan
- Derek Jacobi as Prof. Joseph Wright
Boyle as Geoffrey Bache Smith, a poet who was
very close to Tolkien and killed in World War I.
- Adam Bregman as young Geoffrey Smith
Gibson as Robert Q. Gilson
- Albie Marber as young Robert Q. Gilson
Glynn-Carney as Christopher Wiseman, a man who
is socially adept beyond his years and the class clown, who spots Tolkien’s
potential and invites him into his social group
- Ty Tennant as young Christopher Wiseman
- Craig Roberts as Sam, a soldier Tolkien serves with during World War I, the horrors of which threaten to tear the “fellowship” apart.
- Pam Ferris as Mrs. Faulkner
- James MacCallum as Hilary Tolkien
- Guillermo Bedward as young Hilary Tolkien