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I asked this question on Facebook to a couple of friends of mine (Pablo Hidalgo, content manager and author for Lucasfilm, and Mark Newbold, writer for Star Wars Insider) and as far as they know, this rumor isn't true. Lucas certainly saw Tolkien's work as an influence, but he didn't actively seek to acquire the rights.


It would appear to me that those claims could be true, because researching the subject in Google found many references to George Lucas and Lord of the Rings. You have to also accept that George would have the financial ability to purchase such rights, and he is clearly a huge fan of Tolkien's work. George is referenced in this FOX News report as being close ...

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