Law & Humanities Blog: Bilbo Baggins, Defendant: Law In Tolkien @MizzouLaw


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

Oh, and

Elie Mystal, Departure Memo From Middle Earth Burns the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, Above the Law

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