HATTS (Historical and Theatrical Trial Society) of the University of Missouri School of Law
has announced the trial of Bilbo Baggins of Bags End, The Shire, for stealing the Arkenstone of Thrain. The trial will take place on Wednesday, April 4, in the Law School’s Courtroom.
Law in J. R. R. Tolkien’s saga Lord of the Rings (LOTR) is an interesting subject. Below are some cites (including blogposts) that discuss the question.
Omar Ha-Redeye and Jacob Kaufman, Lord of the Rings as Property Law, Law Is Cool
Charles Lincoln, IV, The Silmarillion and the Lord of the Rings as a Lens Into Constitutional Interpretation: A Possible Synthesis of Natural and Positive Law
Graham McAleer, Tolkien’s Establishment, Law and Liberty
Michael Martinez, A Discussion of Law in Middle-Earth
Christina Sterbenz, 6 Laws From Lord of the Rings (Business Insider)
J. R. R. Tolkien, Law and Customs Among the Eldar, from Morgoth’s Ring (1993).
Jonathan A. Watson, Tolkien, Aquinas, and the Law. Another link:
Then of course there’s
Edward Castronova, The Renaissance of Natural Law: Tolkien, Fantasy, and Video Games
Brent Lang, Warner Brothers, Tolkien Estate Settle Massive “Lord of the Rings” Lawsuit, Variety
Kathryn Rubino, Court Investigates Whether Being Compared To Gollum Is Insulting, Above the Law
Elie Mystal, Departure Memo From Middle Earth Burns the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, Above the Law
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