A Documentary About “Tolkien’s Great War”

Today marks the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916. The Wade Center at Wheaton College took the occasion to post a link to a half-hour documentary released last year about J.R.R. Tolkien’s experiences in World War I.

The video was created by Elliander Pictures for a centenary exhibition at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where Tolkien attended. The film makers are also former pupils of the school.

For the centenary the school assembled a vast museum-quality display of WWI artifacts and they have kept online a fully informative website and an extensive photo gallery of the exhibit.

5 thoughts on “A Documentary About “Tolkien’s Great War”

  1. My thanks as well. As many times as I have read LotR, and have seen the cinematic battles, I am still awestruck by the courage of the young men to go “over the top” when that tin whistle blew, to face death by machine gun or gas in No Man’s Land.

  2. A lovely, fascinating and insightful documentary. Thanks for the heads up.

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