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Re: Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate
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I'm still struggling with the idea that The Tolkien Estate was "shopping" this around. Even sans Christopher, the estate is (I would have thought) a fairly conservative group who surely broadly support the stance the estate has taken up until this time? It's currently still only the family plus lawyers: Baillie, Michael, Priscilla, and Simon Tolkien, plus Cathleen Blackburn and Steven Maier. And they'd obviously been talking before Christopher left in late August.

What's changed? I still don't see any obvious explanation for this turn of events.

BH

Posted on: 11/17 14:32:13
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Re: Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate
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PERMISSIONS AND REQUESTS

Is it possible to write stories that are set in Middle-earth?

The short answer is most definitely NO!

We understand only too well the fascination and enjoyment that the world of Middle-earth can bring, but the fact remains that this is an imaginary world, created by the author on his own terms and in his own right. So, however tempting, to publish this type of fan-fiction for personal or commercial purposes, even online, is absolutely not authorized.

In the era of the Internet, with people selling ‘homemade’ literary works on websites all over the world, it must be unambiguously stated that the Tolkien Estate has never authorized the commercialisation or distribution of such material, and has no intention of doing so.

The Tolkien Estate’s mission is to defend and protect the integrity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. As literary executor, it has always been Christopher Tolkien's goal to publish the writings of his father—both finished and unfinished—in the most faithful and scrupulous way, without adaptation or embellishment.


www.tolkienestate.com


Think the website needs an update...

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Posted on: 11/16 14:06:03
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Re: Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate
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Sad news, but things have obviously been brewing for a while. It's really hard to overestimate how important Christopher's contribution has been to Tolkien Studies.

In terms of copyright & future rights being sold etc --most posthumous material (e.g. The Silmarillion) is copyright The Tolkien Copyright Trust & CT. The Estate doesn't control that, does it? And leaving The Estate hardly prevents him from editing further material; altho' that seems unlikely in any case, for the reasons already widely discussed (i.e. his statement in B&L).

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Posted on: 11/15 15:14:06
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Re: Bodleian will publish a book of new Tolkien material to coincide with 2018 exhibition
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Interesting. Altho', given that they already think the time-scale is too short to procure signings, it seems unlikely that'll be interesting in that direction. Hopefully a better binding, etc.

BH

Posted on: 11/14 10:01:41
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Re: New Book Releases
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This is a shame, as I don't buy books from Amazon! :/

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Posted on: 11/10 12:08:21
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