The Real Story of 'Lord of the Rings' Author J.R.R. Tolkien

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The new movie "Tolkien" tells the story of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien.

Starring Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien, the film chronicles the early years of the writer who would become a worldwide phenomenon. 

"It wasn't a hugely flashy life that he lived, most of the time," Dr. Corey Olsen, a podcaster and professor known for his love of the author, told "But this one sensational incident involves his romance with his future wife."

Tolkien and his brother were orphaned when J.R.R. was 12.

"So he was living in a lodging house after he was orphaned," Olsen explained. "... And there was this girl who also lived in that same lodging house, and her name was Edith Bratt. She was actually a little bit older than he was."

Tolkien fell in love. 

But his legal guardian, a Catholic priest, strongly discouraged the relationship — fearing that his ward would lose his chance at a scholarship to Oxford. 

What happened next? Check out the video above. 

"Tolkien" opens on Friday.


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