The owner of an Airbnb property in British Columbia paying tribute to the fantastic Hobbits race of the the Lord of the Rings was forced to change the name of her property after being threatened with legal action.
Christina Le Comte purchased the Hobbit Mountain Hole in 2020 as part of a larger ranch purchase in the Thompson Okanagan area of British Columbia.
She alleges Warner Bros., the entertainment company that distributed the Hobbit film series, reached out last week threatening to sue if she didn’t change her name.
Warner Bros. did not immediately return a request for comment.
The property has now been renamed Second Breakfast Hideaway, a nod to a Hobbit’s love of dining, and The Earl hopes that will be enough to deter the entertainment giant from suing.
She says people are renting the property to escape the stresses of everyday life.
“It really gives people a place to switch off,” she said on Sunday. “It’s not just the people who come here who are huge. the Lord of the Rings the fans are the people who want to get away from it all. ”
The house is built into the dirt just like the famous Bag End house in the movie and movie series, and features furniture and decorations inspired by the fantasy series.
The property sits on a ranch owned by Le Comte and her husband, without anyone else for several miles, adding to the feeling of escape, according to Le Comte.
But she said once the threat of lawsuit was deemed real, she knew she had to change the name of her rental property.
“There’s no way in the world that I can face these guys,” she said.
The Earl said she would hold hands to brief Warner Bros. of the name change in the coming days.