Welcome to Middle-earth Enterprises formerly known as Tolkien Enterprises, a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, headquartered in Berkeley, California.

Middle-earth Enterprises owns exclusive worldwide rights to motion picture, merchandising, stage and other rights in certain literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We have produced and licensed films, stage productions and merchandise based on these Tolkien works for more than thirty-five years.

Inspired by a deep appreciation for the fictional world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-earth Enterprises is dedicated to working with businesses providing quality products in accordance with best green business and sustainability practices including fair trade, equality in the workplace, and a commitment to protect our earth, its wondrous beauty and the viability of every living creature.

If you are interested in a licensing opportunity please carefully read the guidelines listed under Licensing Procedures and send an inquiry to the appropriate rights-holder listed under Licensing Contacts.

If you are interested in licensed products based upon The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, you'll find a selection listed under Current Licensees.

Licensing Contacts

For general inquiries about merchandising rights, stage rights, and/or services based on the literary works, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit:

Middle-earth Enterprises
Director of Licensing
2600 Tenth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
fax. 510.486.2119

For merchandising rights or services based on the artwork from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; and/or The Hobbit: There and Back Again:

Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Karen McTier
4001 West Olive Avenue
Burbank, California 91505
Ph: 818-954-7980

For rights to reproduce or utilize printed, published matter based upon The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other literary works by J.R.R. Tolkien:

Harper Collins Publishers
Permissions Department
77-85 Fulham Palace Road
Hammersmith, London
W6 8JB England

Licensing Procedures

If you are interested in becoming a Licensee of Middle-earth Enterprises please read the following information carefully.

Your company must have a minimum of three years in manufacturing and distribution of the product line for which you are seeking a license. If your company meets this qualification please provide us the following information in typewritten form:

  1. Company Name
  2. Company Address
  3. Company phone and fax numbers and web address
  4. Executive Contact
  5. Past Company experience in consumer products
  6. Include a copy of your product catalog or sell sheets
  7. Proposed Product
  8. Proposed Territory
  9. Suggested Royalty Rate


Please be aware that meeting the above qualifications and submitting an application to become a licensee in no way guarantees that you will be granted a license.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive please allow up to eight weeks for a reply.

Current Licensees