By Joseph Leray

This holiday season, let us all be thankful for civil litigation: now that Epic is finished taking Silicon Knights to the cleaners, the estate of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien is suing Warner Bros. to the tune of $80 million for copyright infringement and breach of contract, just a few weeks before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits box offices in December.

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