The proprietor of a British Columbia Airbnb property paying tribute to the fantasy race of hobbits from The Lord of the Rings has been compelled to alter the identify of her property after being threatened with a lawsuit.
Christina Le Comte purchased the Hobbit Mountain Gap in 2020 as half of a bigger buy of a ranch in B.C.’s Thompson Okanagan space.
She alleges Warner Bros., the leisure firm that distributed the Hobbit film collection, reached out final week threatening to launch a lawsuit if she did not change the identify.
Warner Bros. didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
The property has now been renamed the Second Breakfast Hideaway, a nod to a Hobbit’s love of meals, and Le Comte hopes that is sufficient to dissuade the leisure large from pursuing authorized motion.
She says individuals lease the property to flee from the stress of day-to-day life.
“It actually provides individuals a spot to disconnect,” she mentioned Sunday. “It is not simply individuals who come right here who’re enormous Lord of the Rings followers, it is individuals who need to come and have an escape.”
The home is constructed into the earth, very like the well-known Bag Finish residence within the film and movie collection, and options furnishings and decorations impressed by the fantasy collection.
The property sits on a ranch owned by Le Comte and her husband, with nobody else round for a number of kilometres, which Le Comte says provides to the sense of escape.
However she mentioned as soon as the specter of a lawsuit was discovered to be real, she knew she needed to change the identify of her rental property.
“There isn’t any approach on the earth I can tackle these guys,” she mentioned.
Le Comte mentioned she shall be reaching out to tell Warner Bros. of the identify change within the coming days.