A Connecticut astrophysics professor may have earned a place of honor among the legions of fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's the "Lord of the Rings," after she recreated the solar system in the LOTR universe.
Warner Bros' have countersued the Tolkien estate who last year demanded $ 80m after the appearance of Lord of the Rings branded fruit machines in Las Vegas casinos.
For the second time in the past five years, the heirs of JRR Tolkien are locked in legal battle with the parties responsible for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. In 2008, the issue was unpaid royalties from Peter Jackson's original trilogy, but now the problem is merchandising from the movies — and whether or not movie producers have the right to create Middle-earth-themed …
J.R.R. Tolkien's estate is suing the producers of the Lord of the Rings movies over merchandise that they believe damages the books' reputation and goodwill — and being countersued by them.