The preview quickly teases the life of the writer, who died at age 81 in 1973, with glances at his Middle-earth imagination and the real-life horror of World War I.
Nicholas Hoult plays the myth-making Tolkien, who talks of “journeys we take to prove ourselves,” “magic beyond anything anyone has ever felt before” and “fellowship.”
In a clever touch, the “O” in “Tolkien” floats on the screen before shining like a certain legendary ring in its rightful place.
Watch the trailer above.
“Tolkien” opens in theaters May 10.