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Wednesday 16 April 2014

'Hobbit' sued over online gambling claim

The daughter of JRR Tolkien has filed an $80m (€62m) lawsuit against the producers of film series 'The Hobbit', accusing them of exploiting the characters of Middle Earth to promote online gambling.

Priscilla Anne Reuel Tolkien (83) has joined with her father's British publishers to take on Hollywood giant Warner Bros.

In a lawsuit filed in California, Ms Tolkien alleges the producers breached a 1969 contract that gave them the right to make toys but not video games.

They claim that forays into "the morally questionable (and decidedly non-literary) world of online and casino gambling" had "outraged Tolkien's devoted fan base, causing irreparable harm to Tolkien's legacy". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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