That's long before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings dreamed up by J R R Tolkien
Directed by Dome Karukoski ("Tom of Finland") from a serviceable screenplay by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, the film jumps back and forth between World War I France, where Tolkien
served as an officer before being diagnosed with trench fever and sent home and the aspiring author's school days at King Edward's and Oxford.
It was the outbreak of the conflict that would lead Tolkien
to Staffordshire in 1915 and his connection with the county spanned the rest of the war.
Most people know Tolkien
's Lord of the Rings books were inspired by the First World War and the industrial revolutions impact on the country, but Tolkien
also borrowed from myths and legends waxing lyrical about Faeries and the Anglo-Saxon's battles when penning The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Their love story was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War, during which the horrors Tolkien
witnessed directly led to the writing of the good vs evil epic.
Here we see Tolkien
reflecting back on The Lord of the Rings, seeing it as an inherently Catholic work precisely because it was written by a man who sees the world from, who understands reality with, a Catholic imagination.
The focus in recent years on the issue of race in Tolkien
's work, most notably in Dimitra Fimi's Tolkien
, Race and Cultural History (2008), must add further weight to a political reading.
On Tuesday, the man, now in his late 50s, recounted his alleged torment at the hands of Tolkien
to a week-long Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Birmingham Archdiocese.
: Romanticist and Poet highly enough to Mythopoeic Society members.
The film focuses on Tolkien
's early life and his courtship with Edith Bratt - and how those years inspired him to write The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
as he finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts.
The book shows that Tolkien
's Roman Catholic convictions related to a benevolent creator God and to the idea that humans possess something of the God-image themselves -- enough to partner in God's creativity.