The Tolkien Estate Has Some Harsh Words About Upcoming Biopic

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The Tolkien Estate Does Not Approve of the Upcoming Biopic


It was just announced that the Tolkien Estate that not only were they not part of the production behind the Tolkien biopic, but they also do not approve of it.

The Tolkien Estate

Nicholas Hoult as JRR Tolkien and Lily Collins as his wife Edith in Tolkien
Nicholas Hoult as JRR Tolkien and Lily Collins as his wife Edith in Tolkien

This is probably obvious, but the Tolkien Estate is full of surviving members of Tolkien’s family. They are usually considered to be the ones behind protecting Tolkien’s legacy, though obviously there is a point of contention there as well.

Recently the estate came out saying that they did not support the biopic in any way, shape, or form. In fact, they seem to be quite adamantly against the movie. It is worth noting, however, that they’ve chosen to go with a strongly worded statement. As opposed to say, legal action.

The Stance

To be honest, the stance of the Tolkien Estate makes sense. Biopics are not known for being one hundred percent accurate all the time. In fact, they frequently take liberties in order to make a more interesting film. By coming out now and saying that they do not support it, the estate is able to distance themselves from the biopic and any inaccuracies it is sure to have.

Looking at it that way, the estate is allowing the biopic to continue, while their lack of support protects Tolkien’s legacy from the inaccuracies. It’s a happy middle ground, so to speak.

The Past

The Tolkien Estate is not afraid to take legal action when it comes to protecting Tolkien’s legacy. They went after the Lord of the Rings movies, for example. Most recently they went after a novel called Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien. That case was settled, once the author, Stephen Hillard, added a clause on the novel. The clause stated that the novel was a work of fiction and that it wasn’t endorsed by The JRR Tolkien Estate or its publishers.

The Lesson Here

What you should take away from this whole ordeal is this: The Tolkien biopic is likely going to be a highly entertaining film. It’s also sure to draw in Tolkien fans by the dozen (though likely more). But that does not mean you should take everything included in it as fact. If you’re curious about a piece of information, look it up. Or better yet, read one of the many approved Tolkien biographies floating around out there.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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