Lord Of The Rings: Tolkien's Home Is Up For Sale And You Can Help Buy It For Charity
Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, Martin Freeman, and others are trying to raise money to purchase the Oxford home to turn it into a Tolkien center.
The home where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings--20 Northmoor Road in Oxford--is currently up for sale, and a dedicated group has launched a campaign to buy it and turn it into a center where fans of Middle-earth can visit to celebrate the author's life and works.
A charity has been established that is seeking to purchase the house for $6 million USD. In a new video, some of the cast members from across the fantasy series, including Ian McKellen (Gandalf), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli/Treebeard), and Martin Freeman (Bilbo) speak about their appreciation for Tolkien and Middle-earth, calling on fans to donate to help purchase the home.
J.R.R. and Edith Tolkien moved into the home in 1930, and it was in that home that Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
The charity, Project Northmoor, said on its website that it's trying to buy the home simply because there is no centre anywhere in the world that's devoted to Tolkien. "A remarkable fact considering the writer’s importance and continuing popularity. This is the perfect house to set this right," they said.
Should the campaign be successful, the home will be renovated for guests to visit and experience what it might have been like in the 1940. "Upstairs the bedrooms would reflect the cultures he invented and the garden would be restored to a beauty of which the inventor of Sam Gamgee would be proud," they said. "You would then be able to be a guest at the Centre by booking into its programme of retreats, writing seminars and other cultural events, or join in virtually with the online programme."
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