J.R.R Tolkien is at last getting his own biopic! The fascinating and talented writer’s life will be played out on the big screen by actor Nicholas Hoult (X-Men, Mad Max: Fury Road).
The film, aptly titled Tolkien, will also star big names such as Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, along with British national treasures Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.
No details have been officially released but it looks to have warm-toned cinematography perfect for the WWI backdrop, and a host of talent supporting Tolkien’s life story. It has been said to be akin to Goodbye Christopher Robin which had dark overtones as well as heartwarming moments.
After Hoult posted sneaky peeks on Instagram of his time as Tolkien, fans began looking at the Lord of the Rings author in a whole new light. Who knew a young Tolkien could be so… Hot!? Hoult’s Instagram posted exploded into cries of “JRR Tolkien” PHWOOOAAR” and “Oh my gosh! 2-in-1 faves!”
The official synopsis says:
“‘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.”
The movie is due for release to cinemas from May 10th.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
The photograph and frame were owned by Du Maurier’s close friend, Maureen Baker-Munton, who had kept over 40 years worth of correspondence between them. After Baker-Munton’s son put the collection up for auction the letters were discovered by Roddy Lloyd, the auctioneer responsible for selling the items.
The auctioneer was cataloguing the archive when he decided to look more closely at the photograph of young Du Maurier at the beach. “We were going through the last box of documents on my kitchen table, when for some reason I decided to take the picture out to have a better look. When I took it out of the frame, out popped these poems. It looks like they’re from around the 1920s.”
The ring was brought to jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow by an unnamed woman who claimed it belonged to her late father-in-law.
The ring contains an inscription inside, which bears the name of the author, and the date of her death- 1855. The excited woman explained: “I’ve got goosebumps now thinking about it. It’s got a hinge on it, and inside there’s plaited hair, I think it may be the hair of Charlotte Brontë!”
Geoffrey Munn told the lucky Antiques Roadshow visitor that he had ‘very little reason to doubt’ the ring’s authenticity.
The list, created by Blackwell’s booksellers, publishers, authors, and friends of the bookshop will mark an all year celebration of the anniversary of the bookshops.