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Nov 142017

Shock and Awe!

Probably the greatest story in Amazon Studio’s acquisition of the rights to make a prequel to The Lord of the Rings in the form of a TV Series, is the fact that the Tolkien Estate and Trust spear headed the entire project.

The is a complete 180 from their previous posture on Tolkien’s writings. What the HELL is going on? Lay your staff here for more »

 November 14, 2017  Posted by at 10:13 am 7 Responses »
Sep 082016

TolkienGoldBig Surprise Right?

Here is an update about the story of the Big Bad Tolkien Estate suing one Middle-earth Fan making a few bucks reselling rings on eBay! The guy they sued has a video telling his side of the story!

“The Nine have left Minas Morgul, disguised as riders in black. They will find the Ring, and kill the one who carries it.”  Saruman Lay your staff here for more »

 September 8, 2016  Posted by at 6:07 pm 3 Responses »
Aug 162016

Frodo_Inspects_The_RingTolkien Estate Claims Copyright Infringement… Again!

Here is another case of the Tolkien Estate exercising it’s legal right to crush and destroy anyone and everyone, who might possibly be making a single penny from selling merchandise, which might in anyway be connected to Tolkien’s Copyright.

Will Tolkien’s image be overshadowed by legal actions? It seems so… Lay your staff here for more »

 August 16, 2016  Posted by at 7:05 am 5 Responses »
Jul 192016

warner-bros-pictures-logo3Shadow of Mordor Gaming Violation

Warner Bros. under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive video game promotions for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

FTC again warns companies to provide full disclosures about paid influencers. Lay your staff here for more »

 July 19, 2016  Posted by at 1:21 am Comments Off on Middle-earth Legal ~ WB vs FTC
Feb 022016

Giving Christopher Tolkien His Due!

Christopher Tolkien has played a pivotal role in bringing about what we call the Middle-earth Legendarium or as I prefer the Tolkien Canon to life by helping realize the world created by his fathers written words!

In recent years however, Christopher Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate have been associated with negative press and aggressive lawsuits. Lay your staff here for more »

 February 2, 2016  Posted by at 1:14 pm 6 Responses »
Oct 022015

Tolkien had no desire to publish paperbacks

You must remember that as late as the mid 1960s paperbacks were still associated with pulp fiction and low quality literary works and Tolkien loved the hardcover editions with it symbols, illustrations and fold out maps.

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! Lay your staff here for more »

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 8:03 am 4 Responses »
Dec 302014

Enjoy this bit of Hobbit Humor

We all love the writing of our beloved Professor Tolkien, but there are time when I use the phrase ‘The Tolkien Canon’ that I find myself cringing… so it’s nice to share this bit of humor that pokes fun at the sometimes all too serious world of Tolkien Academia!

“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.” Lay your staff here for more »

 December 30, 2014  Posted by at 6:22 am 1 Response »