Sir Ian saves the day

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf

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GANDALF has saved an iconic pub in Southampton.

Last week Goss reported that Sir Ian McKellen had joined the fight to save The Hobbit, a Tolkien-themed pub, following accusations from Hollywood film firm the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) that it was a copyright infringement.

But former Wiganer Sir Ian, who plays Gandalf in the Lord of The Rings series, and Stephen Fry joined forces and agreed to pay for a copyright licence so it could carry on trading as a themed alehouse,

Actor and presenter Fry, who is in New Zealand working on the forthcoming film of the Hobbit, posted on Twitter: “Ian McKellen and I v pleased that The Hobbit pub appears to be safe.

“Between his Facebook and my tweet I hope we helped common sense prevail.”

Sir Ian previously described the film company’s actions as “unnecessary pettiness” and Stephen said it was “self-defeating bullying.”