The conflict allegedly arose after the author’s estate discovered an online slot machine game based on the Lord of the Rings books. The estate discovered the online game when one of its lawyers received a span email advertising it.

According to the estate, Warner Bros. is also planning on releasing a real slot machine based on the trilogy along with other products that do not fall under the original rights agreement which has been in place since the late 1960s.

“Not only does the production of gambling games patently exceed the scope of the defendants’ rights, but this infringing conduct has outraged Tolkien’s devoted fan base, causing irreparable harm to Tolkien’s legacy and reputation and the valuable goodwill generated by his works,” reads the lawsuit.

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