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Fraud of the rings

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When the great eye of the Tolkien estate swept across the world, a Melbourne jeweller did not expect its powerful gaze to settle on him.

The man, ordered by a court to destroy rings minted in the style of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has questioned why he became the target of the Tolkien estate’s legal ringwraiths when he was a mere hobbit in the scheme of things.

But as the Federal Court ruled this month, these knock-off rings shall not pass. Alexander Thomas Saltalamacchia had infringed the copyright of J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate after he sold rings on eBay inscribed with characters written in the fictional language Black Speech.

The “One Ring” was made famous in the novel and film series as a powerful but evil artefact that had to be destroyed in the volcanic fires of Mount Doom….

Full Report: Fraud of the rings hits back at Tolkien’s estate