In one of those “big business made to look hysterical by threatening local businesses” stories, a pub in the suburb of Portswood, England has been threatened with legal action by the Saul Zaentz Company, holder of many rights pertaining to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien for being called the Hobbit Pub.
Lest you think this is a silly coincidence, the Hobbit Pub has indeed been Lord of the Rings branded for years, with Gandalf and Frodo cocktails (a mixture of foot hair, homo-eroticism and served at a peculiar angle to make it look smaller than it actually is) being part of the regular menu there.
Landlady Ms. Roberts suggests that she wasn’t aware she was infringing copyright, didn’t mean to hurt anyone and, besides, how long do you get to hold on to the rights of a book with Tom Bombadil in it anyway? Ms. Roberts has apparently resigned herself to the situation, saying you can’t fight Hollywood but maintains her pub helps introduce people to the books and works of J.R.R. Tolkien who otherwise may have previous thought the Lord of the Rings was in fact Little Richard’s ceremonial title.
Of course, preserving and spreading the work of the books doesn’t really explain why the Hobbit pub’s loyalty cards have pictures of LotR film actor Elijah Wood on them but I’m sure that’ll be explained in due time.
It won’t? Oh, well.