|Spanish Cover for The Last Ringbearer|
Though The Last Ringbearer was penned in 1999, the story has recently come under fire from the Tolkien Estate. Once the novel was translated into English by Yisroel Markov last year (non commercially), the Tolkien Estate are claiming copyright infringement. According to Markov, pressure from the Tolkien Estate is the reason why no English version of The Last Ringbearer has been attempted before.
You are still able to download a PDF of the English translation for free here. I recommend you do so before the legal ramifications mean that the translated text gets pulled. Whereas Markov insists that the text, as a non-commercial translation of a derivative text that was published outside of normal copyright laws, it does infringe on copyright. The Tolkien Estate, however, heavily disagrees with this.
What do you think? Should this be considered fan-fiction for all intents and purposes? If it is freely available and not sold or published, should it stay in circulation?