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Is it possible to write stories that are set in Middle-earth?

The short answer is most definitely NO!

We understand only too well the fascination and enjoyment that the world of Middle-earth can bring, but the fact remains that this is an imaginary world, created by the author on his own terms and in his own right. So, however tempting, to publish this type of fan-fiction for personal or commercial purposes, even online, is absolutely not authorized.
In the era of the Internet, with people selling ‘homemade’ literary works on websites all over the world, it must be unambiguously stated that the Tolkien Estate has never authorized the commercialisation or distribution of such material, and has no intention of doing so.

The Tolkien Estate’s mission is to defend and protect the integrity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. As literary executor, it has always been Christopher Tolkien's goal to publish the writings of his father—both finished and unfinished—in the most faithful and scrupulous way, without adaptation or embellishment.

Could you give me your opinion on my book, my article, my illustration?

We are sorry, but the Tolkien Estate is in no way equipped to deal with this type of request. So the answer must unfortunately be no.

Could you help me with my homework assignment / PhD research, etc.?

We are sorry, but the Tolkien Estate is in no way equipped to deal with this type of request. So the answer must unfortunately be no. It could also be argued that in so far as it is your homework, your research, it wouldn't really be right for us to to do your work for you!
We can however be contacted for precise questions, for which you have not found a solution elsewhere, although we can in no way guarantee a reply.

Where can I buy a reproduction of one of J.R.R. Tolkien's illustrations?

The Bodleian Library is licensed to produce reproductions of some illustrations by the author.
You could visit their online shop (you will find the link on our dedicated page)

I like J.R.R. Tolkien's works. Could you give me writing tips for my own novel?

We are sorry, but the Tolkien Estate is in no way equipped to deal with this type of request. So the answer must unfortunately be no.


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