When Christina Le Comte listed her “Hobbit House” on Airbnb, she didn’t expect to receive a threat of lawsuit from Warner Brothers.
A native of British Columbia, Le Comte purchased a ranch located in a rural town of Bridesville two hours from the popular vacation town of Kelowna in 2020. With plenty of land, it comes with a worthy extra home. ‘a hobbit – a stone, circular cave built into the earth and surrounded by moss and grass. The Earl put it on Airbnb and called it “The Hobbit House” to draw visitors to the less visited part of the Okanagan Valley.
As the gnome-like residence has become very popular online, The Count reports being contacted by Warner Brothers and asked to change the name to no longer refer to the 2012 movie “Hobbit” or the larger “Lord” franchise. Of The Rings “. The Earl immediately organized a contest for fans to suggest another name and opted for “Second Breakfast Hideaway,” a reference to the usual hobbit gluttony.
“And the h ***** mountain hole is now a second breakfast hideaway (I’m always full of the first),” Le Comte wrote in an Instagram post on May 22. “Thanks to everyone who voted and @arikanacres for the suggestion. I had a lot of fun with this, hope you did too, and thanks everyone for the coolest name suggestions and kind words and really totally overwhelming and unexpected support around the world. “
Warner Brothers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the situation, but Le Comte told the Canadian Press that the instant deal to change the name had come because “there is no way in the world that I can face these guys ”. The Earl has also temporarily closed reservations on the Airbnb listing while she deals with the situation and hopes the name change will convince Warner Brothers not to take legal action. She will contact them to let them know about the name change and will also change her Airbnb and Instagram listing as a fantastic, gnome-like escape unrelated to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ franchise.
“It really gives people a place to switch off,” said Le Comte. “It’s not just the people who come here who are huge ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans, it’s people who want to come and get away from it all.
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