No, you did not fall over and whack your head during a bajillionth reread of The Hobbit: Someone has created a hack to change a Sting replica into a glowing beacon of technology, turning a glowing blue to signal the presence of unsecured WiFi. Which is just like an orc, without all the slavering and nastiness those creatures bring to the table.
Given the runaway success of the three Lord of the Rings films, marketers are banking that Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth with the first part of The Hobbit will be equally lucrative. Which is why you’ll soon be seeing an actual Hobbit tie-in menu at Denny’s. [More]
Of course Galadriel would be too busy acting all ethereal to lift a finger to save some humans, so obviously, Gandalf is swooping in to save the Hobbit Pub from closing. Sir Ian McKellen (the human part Gandalf plays) and comedian Stephen Fry are going to pay the copyright license fees necessary to keep the pub alive.
When J.R.R. Tolkien wove his tales of hobbits, elves, wizards, orcs and the triumph of good over evil, he probably didn’t think that greedy Hollywood types would one day go after a cozy English pub that celebrates Middle Earth. But that’s just what one company is doing — suing The Hobbit in Southampton, England for copyright infringement.