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Tolkien trailer shows how World War I shaped Middle-earth

February 13th, 2019 | by vBollywood Author
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The Lord of the Rings is known to be one of the greatest fantasy novels of the 20th century, and certainly among the most influential. Even to this day, the stories of Middle-earth are defining to shape pop culture all thanks to the saga’s film adaptations and posthumously published books. Despite the elves, hobbits, and other fantastical creatures that dominate the stories, they are all rooted in the books’ real-life author, J.R.R. Tolkien. The first trailer for Tolkien, the upcoming biopic starring Nicholas Hoult, shows how some of the events in the author’s life would shape his beloved books.

In the trailer, Edith (Lily Collins) requests Tolkien to tell her a story. The description he comes up with should be familiar to any fan of The Lord of the Rings: It’s a story “about journeys,” “about fellowship,” and “magic beyond anything anyone has ever felt before.” In montage, we get to see the moments from his life that would form the inspiration for Middle-earth. We also see Edith dancing in a forest, very similar to the first appearance of the beautiful maid Luthien in The Silmarillion. The smoking battlefields of World War I and similar they seem to the fiery hell of Mordor. In the end, when the film title appears on screen, the “o” in Tolkien moves through the air just like a ring.

Tolkien is set to hit theaters May 10.

Photo courtesy: www.indiaewire.com

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