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.Written by
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Tolkien gives Edith a flyer for a concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall of Richard Wagner's Tetralogy "The Ring Cycle" given by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Symphony Hall was opened in 1991. Before that, orchestral concerts were given at Birmingham Town Hall. While the name of the Birmingham Orchestra is correct for the period, it did not have a chorus until 1973. The venue that they then go to in the film is not a concert hall, but an opera house, so it's unlikely that a symphony orchestra would have given the concert in that venue, since it would have been a full performance.
Still, at least they didn't call it a quadrilogy, eh? See more »
Gentle, honest and touching telling of Tolkien's life
Tolkien recounts the defining people and moments of the author's life.
Since the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies interest has increased in Tolkien himself. While this film is no adventure it is both funny and touching as the subject evolves like one of the characters in his stories. This is interesting and I did enjoy it.
I'd have preferred it if the timeline had stretched a little bit further and covered more of his life than it does. The flash-forwards were well done up to that point.
I liked, 'Get off the lawn!'
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