Thomas Karukoski (born December 29, 1976 in Cyprus), known as Dome Karukoski, is a preeminent film director in Finland who has won dozens of awards and directed many Finnish blockbusters such as Beauty and the Bastard, Lapland Odyssey, and Heart of a Lion in his 13-year career. In 2013 he was the first Finnish director to be named among Variety magazine's "Top Ten Directors to Watch" ranking.

"May the Star of Eärendil guide us wherever this journey leads."
Karukoski in a tweet, before the release of the film

In 2018 - 2019 Karukoski directed Tolkien, a biographical film starring Nicholas Hoult about J.R.R. Tolkien, his future wife Edith Bratt, and the forming of the T.C.B.S. during World War One. It is Karukoski's first film in English, filmed in Liverpool, England, released in May 2019 by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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