The Tolkien Trust

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The Tolkien Trust is a British charity founded in 1977[1] that manages J. R. R. Tolkien's estate (the Tolkien Estate).[2] Currently, it is one of the supporters of the WWF in the United Kingdom.[3]

On February 11, 2008, together with Tolkien's publisher HarperCollins, it filed a suit against New Line Cinema over the profits of the The Lord of the Rings film series.[2] On September 8, 2009, a settlement between the Trust and New Line was announced, clearing a potential obstacle to the making of a new film series based on The Hobbit.[4]


  1. ^ "The Tolkien Trust - Extract from the Central Register of Charities maintained by the Charity Commission for England and Wales". Charity Commission. 
  2. ^ a b "Tolkien heirs sue Lord of the Rings studio for $150m". The Guardian. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-12. the Tolkien Trust ... manages the writer's estate 
  3. ^ "WWF-UK Annual Review 2007-Supporters". WWF-UK. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  4. ^ Alex Dobuzinskis (2009-09-08). "Legal settlement clears way for "Hobbit" movie". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-09-08. The Hollywood studio behind a film based on 'The Hobbit' and trustees for author J.R.R. Tolkien's estate said on Tuesday they had settled a lawsuit that clears the way for what is expected to be a blockbuster movie based on the book.