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Saul Zaentz, Producer, dies at age 92.

Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz

The Saul Zaentz Company is frequently in the news for their litigious protection of the rights they acquire. But without those acquisitions we would not have the film world adaptations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings created for us by Rankin/Bass, Ralph Bakshi, or Peter Jackson.

“He was an extraordinary man,” Paul Zaentz, nephew of Saul Zaentz said, “He had a lot of guts, a lot of integrity.”

Saul Zaentz died January 3. He was 92.

Tolkien fans and nerds the world-over owe Mr. Zaentz a debt of gratitude for believing the world of Tolkien should be brought to life.

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“Goldberry Riverdaughter” has been her friends’ and families’ resident book nerd since reading the Tao of Pooh at age eight. Since then her literary exploration has lead her straight to Lord of the Rings where she’s made her home. In addition to a staff reporter for Legendarium, she also runs Hells Hobbits. She has a degree in History, as well as a new-found penchant for disassembling literary canon. She lives with her equally nerdy husband and two gigantic cats enjoying table top games & cosplay.


  1. I sense some irony that he passed away on Tolkien’s birthday.

  2. That’s just what I was thinking, John. R.I.P. Mr. Zaentz.