On August 31 of 2017, Christopher Reuel Tolkien, youngest son of J.R.R. Tolkien resigned his position as director and sole executor for Tolkien Estate LTD!
This may well explain the dramatic changes talking place within the Tolkien Estate.
The is a complete 180 from their previous posture on Tolkien’s writings. What the HELL is going on?
“The parties are pleased that they have amicably resolved this matter and look forward to working together in the future.” Tolkien Estate
“The Nine have left Minas Morgul, disguised as riders in black. They will find the Ring, and kill the one who carries it.” Saruman
Will Tolkien’s image be overshadowed by legal actions? It seems so…
In recent years however, Christopher Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate have been associated with negative press and aggressive lawsuits.
“The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last… The great battle of our time.” Gandalf
The Tolkien Estate may live to regret it’s short term victory.
However, it was the unauthorized paperbacks of The Lord of the Rings by Ace books that fanned the flames of Middle-earth Mania in the US!
The story of the Shire Post and Mordor coins!
I think Middle-earth must be the most litigated fantasy world in existence!
“I certainly didn’t expect to wind up in court against Christopher Tolkien and his lawyers, like Frodo Baggins facing down the Nazgûl on Weathertop.”