The biopic, which comes out in May of this year, follows Tolkien through the formative years that inspired the creation of his most famous work.
The trailer begins as Tolkien’s wife asks to hear a story. “It’s a story about journeys” he says. “The journeys we take to prove ourselves. It’s about adventures, it’s about potent magic, magic beyond anything anyone has ever felt before. About what it means to love, and to be loved. About courage. It’s about fellowship”
The trailer is filled with images of the Battle of The Somme, in which Tolkien fought as a young man. It was a time that heavily influenced his writing. The hellish scenes of war gradually transform and bring to life the savage battlefields of Middle Earth, the world that perhaps became the author’s finest achievement.