From Movie bosses are trying to ban a Scots firm from calling their holiday lodges “hobbit houses”. Microlodge UK came up with the nickname for their timber pods because they look like dwellings from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. But lawyers for movie company Saul Zaentz – who own the film, stage and merchandising rights to the JRR Tolkien classics – have told them to remove the word “hobbit” from their website.

They fear customers will think the lodges, which are built in Methil, Fife, are endorsed by them. Microlodge co-boss Steve Millar last night branded the letter “a complete overreaction”. He said: “It’s odd that two guys from Methil could upset Hollywood.” But he said they would comply with the movie giant’s demands and take the word “hobbit” off their website.