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The '''Tolkien Estate''' is the legal body which manages the copyrights of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s works. It mainly holds the copyright over the literary texts. The late [[Christopher Tolkien]] and the late [[Priscilla Tolkien]] were former executors. Current executors of the estate include Christopher's wife [[Baillie Tolkien]] and Christopher's nephew [[Michael George Tolkien]]. Cathleen Blackburn of Manches & Co. has been the estate's solicitor for many years.
 
The '''Tolkien Estate''' is the legal body which manages the copyrights of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s works. It mainly holds the copyright over the literary texts. The late [[Christopher Tolkien]] and the late [[Priscilla Tolkien]] were former executors. Current executors of the estate include Christopher's wife [[Baillie Tolkien]] and Christopher's nephew [[Michael George Tolkien]]. Cathleen Blackburn of Manches & Co. has been the estate's solicitor for many years.
  
The film and merchandise rights for ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' and ''[[The Hobbit]]'' were sold by J.R.R. Tolkien, and are currently owned by [[Middle-earth Enterprises]], formerly Tolkien Enterprises, a company controlled by [[Saul Zaentz]] until his death in [[2014]].
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The film and merchandise rights for ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' and ''[[The Hobbit]]'' were sold by J.R.R. Tolkien, and are currently owned by [[Middle-earth Enterprises]], formerly Tolkien Enterprises, a company controlled by [[Saul Zaentz]] until his death in 2014.
  
On [[13 November]] [[2017]], it was announced that [[Amazon Studios]] had acquired the global television rights to ''The Lord of the Rings'', committing to a [[The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power|multi-season television series]]. The series will not be a direct adaptation of the novel, but instead will feature stories that are set before it.<ref>{{webcite|author=Samuel Axon|articleurl=http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/11/amazon-will-run-a-multi-season-lord-of-the-rings-prequel-tv-series/|articlename=
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On 13 November 2017, it was announced that [[Amazon (company)|Amazon]] had acquired the global television rights to ''The Lord of the Rings'', committing to a [[The Lord of the Rings (TV series)|multi-season television series]]. The series will not be a direct adaptation of the novel, but instead will feature stories that are set before it.<ref>{{webcite|author=Samuel Axon|articleurl=https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/11/amazon-will-run-a-multi-season-lord-of-the-rings-prequel-tv-series/|articlename=
 
Amazon will run a multi-season Lord of the Rings prequel TV series
 
Amazon will run a multi-season Lord of the Rings prequel TV series
|dated=13 November 2017|website=[http://arstechnica.com arstechnica]|accessed=22 March 2021}}</ref> Amazon said the deal included potential for spin-off series as well.<ref>{{webcite|author=Sandra Gonzalez,|articleurl=http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/13//entertainment/lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-amazon/index.html|articlename=
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|dated=13 November 2017|website=[https://arstechnica.com arstechnica]|accessed=22 March 2021}}</ref> Amazon said the deal included potential for spin-off series as well.<ref>{{webcite|author=Sandra Gonzalez,|articleurl=https://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/13//entertainment/lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-amazon/index.html|articlename=
 
Amazon announces 'Lord of the Rings' TV show
 
Amazon announces 'Lord of the Rings' TV show
|dated=14 November 2017|website=[http://edition.cnn.com CNN Edition]|accessed=22 March 2021}}</ref> The press release referred to "previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings". Amazon will be the producer in conjunction with the Tolkien Estate itself, and [[The Tolkien Trust]], [[HarperCollins]] and [[New Line Cinema]].<ref>http://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/arts/television/lord-of-the-rings-series-amazon.html</ref>
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|dated=14 November 2017|website=[https://edition.cnn.com CNN Edition]|accessed=22 March 2021}}</ref> The press release referred to "previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings". Amazon will be the producer in conjunction with the Tolkien Estate itself, and [[The Tolkien Trust]], [[HarperCollins]] and [[New Line Cinema]].<ref>https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/arts/television/lord-of-the-rings-series-amazon.html</ref>
  
 
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