“Great War” documentary released by King Edward’s School, Birmingham

Tolkien's Great War: Documentary by Elliander Pictures
Tolkien's Great War: Documentary by Elliander Pictures

A half hour documentary on Tolkien’s experiences during the First World War has recently been published by King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where J.R.R. Tolkien went to school. Old Edwardians Zander and Elliot Weaver have produced an informative short film interviewing, among others, John Garth, author of “Tolkien and the Great War.”

Let’s hope more documentaries like this are forthcoming! Please also visit the website of King Edward’s School.

Tolkien’s Great War from Elliander Pictures on Vimeo.

Picture credit: (c) Elliander Pictures and others.

Update Nov 2023 Changed the title as I did not actually manage to do 31 Days of Tolkien re: 31 Days of Tolkien: “Great War” documentary released by King Edward’s School, Birmingham.

As with other posts: I will keep this piece online as a relic of bygone times, a piece of contemporary history and for transparency reasons.

I am happy to see the two film makers involved in this documentary are rather successful these days.

Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of thetolkienist.com, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.