The Tolkien Trust

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The Tolkien Trust
Named after J. R. R. Tolkien
Formation 1977
Type Charity
Company 8354834
Registration no. Charity 1150801
Legal status Active
Purpose To manage the Tolkien Estate
Headquarters Prama House
Coordinates 51°46′44″N 1°15′57″W / 51.7788°N 1.2657°W / 51.7788; -1.2657Coordinates: 51°46′44″N 1°15′57″W / 51.7788°N 1.2657°W / 51.7788; -1.2657

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 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. 

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