BC Hobbit-themed Airbnb owner forced to change name under pressure from Warner Bros.
The owner of a Hobbit-themed Airbnb in British Columbia was forced to change the name of her Okanagan escape after pressure from Warner Bros.
Representatives of Warner Bros. Entertainment and the Saul Zaentz Company told him the word is copyrighted and that his rental property need a name change.
“The word war is on,” Christina wrote. “If these large, multi-billion dollar companies are to derive their daily satisfaction from attacks by small people and independent businesses, so be it.”
So began his four-day quest for a new nickname.
With the help of her Instagram followers, Christina finally opted for Second Breakfast Hideaway – a nod to one of the Hobbits’ Seven Daily Meals.
“And the h ***** mountain hole is now a second breakfast hideaway. Thanks to everyone who voted, ”Christina wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday.
“Thanks everyone for the coolest name suggestions and kind words and really totally overwhelming and unexpected support from afar.”
Inspired by the mud houses presented in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Christina’s property is nestled on the mountainside about 30 minutes from Osoyoos.
Surrounded by hundreds of acres of nature, the secluded house offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, exploring and pretend you’re really in the Shire.
With nearly 100 4.9-star reviews on Airbnb, the house is full until November.