Author Sues To Fend Off Tolkien Copyright Claims

Law360, New York (February 17, 2011, 7:13 PM EST) -- The author of a fictional book about J.R.R. Tolkien filed suit Thursday in an effort to head off copyright infringement and others claims from Tolkien's estate.

Stephen Hillard wants a declaratory judgment confirming that his novel, “Mirkwood,” does not violate various intellectual property laws in the U.S., the U.K. and Texas, according to a complaint lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Tolkien — who wrote the wildly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy — is the main character in the...
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Case Information

Case Title

Hillard et al v. The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Limited

Case Number



Texas Western

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions


Sam Sparks

Date Filed

February 17, 2011

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