TOLKIEN is a very English film about a beloved English writer, but set so long ago many fans were left wondering where the Tolkien biopic was filmed?
By GABRIELLA GEISINGER
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, May 19, 2019
Tolkien takes place during World War One, and much of the landscape has changed since. The biopic is certainly an English film, telling the story of one of England’s best-loved fantasy writers. Directed by Dome Karukoski, the unauthorised biopic began development in 2013.
Where was Tolkien filmed?
According to IMDB, the following locations were used for filming Tolkien:
- Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, England, UK
- Chetham’s Library, Manchester, England, UK
- The John Rylands Library, Manchester, England, UK
- Rochdale Town Hall, Rochdale, United Kingdom
- St George’s Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Stanley Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Tatton Estate, Altrincham, United Kingdom was used for the war scenes.
Charlie Greenstein, head of TV and film at Tatton Locations, told The Knowledge: “Set construction spanned several weeks and involved about a hundred people and then we had an additional 300 crew and a hundred extras for the actual shoot.
“The Tolkien team also needed production office space and facilities for wardrobe and make-up.
“The other specific advantages of the Tatton Estate is that there are more than 6,000 acres – including a rookery, woodland, an orchard and various
outbuildings – that are all under the same ownership.”
It is notable that the film did not shoot in Oxford, where Tolkien spent many formative years.
And despite Tolkien’s English-ness, the writer was actually born in what is now South Africa.
During his time in World War One, Tolkien took part in the Battle of the Somme in France.
Tolkien died on September 2, 1973, in Bournemouth at the age of 81.Though the movie sought to touch on many themes of Tolkien’s life, it was not well received by critics.
Currently, the movie holds a 49 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating average but negative-leaning reviews.
The Tolkien Estate did not authorise the biopic and released a statement disavowing it.
The statement read: “The family of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled ‘Tolkien’ that is due for release in May 2019. The family and the estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making of this film.”
The statement further added: “They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”