This week sees the release of ‘Tolkien’, the biopic of the man behind the literary greats of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, starring Nicholas Hoult as the great man. We had the pleasure the sitting down with cast members Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney, Patrick Gibson and the director Dome Karukoski.

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In the film, Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney, Patrick Gibson play Geoffrey Bache Smith, Christopher Wiseman and Robert Gibson, Tolkien’s three best friends and members of the TCBS (Tea Club, Barrovian Society). The lads gave us an insight into what it took to play such a tight-knit group of friends as well as open up on whether they thought Tolkien would have been the author we all know today if it wasn’t for their friendship inspiring his classic works. They also discuss why they felt such a connection to the story enough to really want to take on such a big task and what really surprised them about Tolkien.

Director, Dome Karukoski also goes onto to divulge why he wanted to tell Tolkien’s story and his ambition to make ‘Lord of the Rings’ before Peter Jackson got his hands on the story, whether he saw the books in a different light now he has told his story and which of his books is now his favourite because of the film and much more.

Watch both interviews below. Tolkien hits cinemas May 3rd.


The film 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.