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Tolkien Biopic in the Works!

Only slightly excited by news that Protagonist Pictures is seriously sounding out a Biopic about Tolkien’s life and will be directed by James Strong, of Downton Abbey Fame. (And that’s laconic understatement to you)

The only problem… its working title is ‘Middle Earth’…

What’s the problem? Well, this is a movie about a Professor of Languages who was very specific about his writing and expression aaaanndd they have gone and misspelt the name of the mythological world he created. Tolkien was particular about he plural of ‘dwarf’ and annoyed his publishers about it to no end. He would probably be choking on his pipe smoke at the┬áspelling of ‘Middle-earth’ without a hyphen.

This Tolkien fan wonders what’s wrong with a hyphen? And, more importantly, how will this film deal with his Catholicism, one of the most important influences on his life and works? We shall see…