EA is Granted Rights to Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings

After making a laundry list of titles based off the The Lord of the Rings films, Electronic Arts is granted rights to the original literary material.
Electronic Arts announced today that it has struck a deal with Tolkien Enterprises and The Saul Zaentz Company to develop games based on the original literary version of The Lord of the Rings.
While EA has been making The Lord of the Rings titles, those games were limited to the world depicted by the films. While the world will maintain the same look as the films, new characters, environments and battles inspired by the books will be introduced.
PlayStation 2: EA is Granted Rights to Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings