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What do you mean by 'publish'? There is a ton of derivative work on the internet which is pretty much left alone so long as it is not for profit. Fanfiction.net has 57.2K stories spun off from LotR and 12.7K spun off from The Hobbit! I think if you want to distribute your piece, publish it online as a blog post and send people the link and do NOT ask for ...


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The Tolkien Estate owns the relevant IP and appears to defend it diligently. On the Estate's web site, the first question in the Permissions and Requests FAQ asks whether it is "possible to write stories that are set in Middle-earth" and the answer is an emphatic "NO." I wouldn't touch this with a 10 foot pole, unless you plan to go through the proper ...


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If the book is clearly based on the Hobbit and uses the names of characters from the Hobbit, you are treading on thin ice. If you wrote your condensation by copying key chunks of text out of the original and basically just cutting a bunch of stuff out, that sounds like pretty blatant copyright violation. If you re-told the story in your own words, told ...


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