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'Hobbit' sued over online gambling claim

Published 21/11/2012 | 05:00

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.

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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)

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