The Saul Zaentz Company, the group that owns the rights to Tolkien's "Rings" and "Hobbit," was going after the local establishment for using references to the famous books (i.e. character-themed drinks, signage, etc.).
However, it appears that Gandalf himself has stepped in to save the day.
According to a new BBC report, "Hobbit" stars Ian McKellan and Stephen Fry will pay the copyright licence fee for the Southampton pub, which comes out to about $100 per year.
Yet, despite the actors' saving grace, The Hobbit's landlady, Stella Roberts, is still wary.
"Until everything is in black and white, on paper, we're going to be a bit reserved because it could be $100 this year and $20,000 next year," she said.
To find out more about McKellan and Fry's involvement, head over to the BBC.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will hit theaters December 14.