“The parties are pleased that they have amicably resolved this matter and look forward to working together in the future,” Warner Bros. spokesman Paul McGuire said in a statement on Monday.

Bonnie Eskenazi, a lawyer for Tolkien’s estate and HarperCollins, which is a unit of News Corp, provided a nearly identical statement.

Tolkien’s estate had accused the defendants of violating a 1969 agreement allowing the sale of “tangible” merchandise, by associating the books with the “morally-questionable (and decidedly non-literary) world of online and casino gambling”.

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