Hobbit-themed Okanagan getaway changes name after threat from Warner Bros. – Surrey Now-Leader


The mountain getaway east of Osoyoos, known as the Hobbit Mountain Hole, will change its name after Warner Bros. contacts the owner about trademark violations of the word “hobbit.”

After buying a ranch north just east of Osoyoos in Bridesville, BC, last year Christine Le Comte dubbed the tiny guesthouse Hobbit Mountain Hole Bed and Breakfast and put it on on AirBnB.

The previous owner had built and designed the themed house, and had previously rented it under a different name.

“I didn’t think about it, it was originally the Hobbit Mountain Hideaway,” said the Earl. “It didn’t occur to me that ‘hobbit’ is a protected word, and I think most people wouldn’t.

The Earl said a representative for Warner Bros. had contacted earlier in the week via AirBnB the use of the most widely recognized term by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien.

After some quick research to make sure it was a legitimate claim, she ditched the “ hobbit ” name.

“There is no way for an ordinary person to compete with the big guys,” said Le Comte.

As to what will be the future name? The Earl is conducting a social media poll, and the current favorite is Second Breakfast Hideaway.

“I thought I could just have fun with it and get the community involved,” said Le Comte. “It was really cool to have all the positive feedback and all the people in general being so supportive.”

Whatever the name, Le Comte said the little hideaway will stay for people to come and enjoy.

“It’s a place where people can get away from reality a bit,” said Le Comte.

The Western News has reached out to Warner Bros for comment but has not received a response at time of publication.

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