Since I posted about the plight of The Hobbit Pub, I thought it would be appropriate to do an update. Based on the articles I’ve read it looks as if the pub has been saved. Paul Zaentz of The Saul Zaentz Company has reached out to the pub, and to the media to say that the whole thing has been a huge misunderstanding. Call me a pessimist, but I seriously doubt that the pub owners misunderstood anything. I tend to think that Mr. Zaentz would rather backtrack and take a small licensing fee, rather than have his name and company appear as villains. That being said, it sounds as if The Hobbit Pub will be able to maintain its Tolkien theme by paying a licensing fee of around $100 dollars a year. That sounds like a good deal to me!
What I hadn’t seen until I read Servetus’ post today, was this:
Image courtesy of Servetus’s blog.
I was already impressed by their willingness to speak up in favor of the pub and raise awareness. That they are personally willing to take on the expense of the licensing fee just makes me all the more proud to be a fan of both actors!
I won’t bombard you with article links to all the articles on this, but here is one you can check out.
Hurrah for common sense! Still think this sort of corporate greed shouldn’t be allowed in the first place though!