Tolkien, War and Fellowship

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 June 2019 >

The trailer for the biopic Tolkien is perfect to add to Shine Bright 1re Advanced File 2 “War will not tear us apart” or File 1 “Biopics in Hollywood”. It draws parallels between Tolkien's childhood friendships and love, his experience of World War I and his later heroic fantasy novels The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Download our teaching guide and worksheet below. Find out more about the film.

Vocabulary and structures

  • present perfect, preterite, past perfect
  • expressing cause and consequence
  • film terms
  • war
  • human relationships


  • Tolkien, The Lord of the Ring
  • World War I


  • analysing a film trailer
  • describing images
  • making hypotheses
  • making suggestions

Programme axes

  • LLCE : Rencontres
  • Tronc commun : Fictions et réalités

This document works well in parallel with the study of Vera Brittain's memoir Testament of Youth, and its film adaptation (pp.194-195).

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