Lord of the Rings Stars on Quest to Buy Home of J.R.R. Tolkien

by Dec 2, 2020Other News

J.R.R. Tolkien's house in Oxford

J.R.R. Tolkien’s house in Oxford

John Rhys-Davis, Ian McKellen, and Martin Freeman (and other bygone Tolkien luminaries)  want to help save the house J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

In 1930, J.R.R. Tolkien and his family moved into 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford (here’s a link to it on a map).  It was in his study in this house that he wrote much of the books, not to mention spending time with other contemporaries like C.S. Lewis.

With Project Northmoor, these stars are hoping to purchase this home and establish a literary center dedicated to the study, appreciation, and history of J.R.R. Tolkien and his works.

The project aims to raise $6 million dollars (£4 million) to create the center.  However, to start, “only” $5.4 million is needed to purchase the home.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • £4 million ($5.4 million USD) – Buy the House.
  • £4.5m ($6.1MM USD) (For another £500 000) – Renovate it into a homely house Tolkien would recognise and restore the garden.
  • £4.6m ($6.2MM USD) (For another £100 000) – Establish a fund for bursaries to help those from a low-income background come to the house for one of the creative courses or special events.
  • £ 4.7m ($6.3MM USD) (For another £200 000) – Build a hobbit house at the end of the garden.
  • £4.8m ($6.45 MM USD) (For another £200 000) – Build a flet in Tolkien’s tree and Smaug’s lair for pipe smokers.

To get involved, head on over to the donate page at Project Northmoor — you can donate as little or as much as you want!

 

 

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