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Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate
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Sorry, if I missed this being posted elsewhere.

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2017/ ... rector-of-tolkien-estate/


An end of an era. His work has been monumental.

Posted on: 2017/11/15 6:37


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I was hoping we’d get a stand-alone Fall of Gondolin similar to Beren and Luthien, it I guess this is it.

Either way, Christopher’s contribution has been monumental and it really is the end of an era. Bless him with a peaceful and healthy retirement. His father would have been tremendously proud of his achievements in publishing his work with such sincerity and respect for the material.

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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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I've gotten confirmation that he is still Literary Executor - just stepping down as a director (there are many) for the Tolkien Estate. So mostly this is a logistics change for managing Estate decisions.

He did say in the preface of B&L that it is "(presumptively) my last book in the long series of editions of my father's writings".

The Estate was formed in 2011, so I believe the Tolkien Copyright Trust moved there at that time.

B&L for example says

"All texts and materials by J.R.R. Tolkien © The Tolkien Estate Limited 2017

Preface, Notes and all other materials © C.R. Tolkien 2017"

So I assume that the Estate would manage any rights to the Tolkien content in B&L - if someone wanted to make a movie of the Preface and Notes however, they would also need to get Christopher's permission.

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I've gotten confirmation that he is still Literary Executor


Thank you for that clarification. I assumed he was indeed no longer going to be the Literary Executor and that is a very important distinction.

Posted on: 2017/11/15 22:08



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