Joining stars include Ian McKellen, Annie Lennox, Martin Freeman, John Rice-Davis and Derek Jacobi author Julia Golding (“Companion” series) at 20 Northmore Road, Oxford’s home at 20 Northmore Road. The campaign has started. Which JRR Tolkien wrote “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”, were previously put up for sale in the market.
Project Northmore, the initiative aims to buy the house and establish a literary center in honor of Tolkien, one of the most beloved literary figures of the twentieth century.
McClellan, who won an Oscar for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” in the role of Wizard Gandalf, and several celebrities associated with Tolkien have released a video for the initiative. The video features musician Annie Lennox (who wrote and starred in the Oscar-winning theme from “The Wells of the Rings: The King of Riser”), Emmy-winning actor Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins in the “The Hobbit” trilogy), starring Rice-Davis (Gimley in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and Amy and Tony Award-winning actor Sir Derek Jacobi (“Tolkien”).
The initiative aims to buy the home using crowdfunding, appealing to Tolkien fans around the world. The funding target is $ 8 million, of which 3 3.5 million will be paid for the house and the rest will comply with building regulations on necessary renovations, charities will start spending, and additional funds will go to the development of literary programs. Once the operation is established, it will be financially self-sufficient.
“Raising millions of dollars in three months is a huge challenge,” Golding said. “However, we just need to look at the journey from Friedo and Sam’s Rivendel to Mount Doom, it took the same amount of time – and we were inspired that we could do it too!”
“We can’t achieve this without the support of the global community of Tolkien fans, fellowships of our donors,” McClellan said.
“Incredibly, given its importance, there is no center loyal to Tolkien anywhere in the world,” Rice-Davis said. “The vision is to turn Tolkien’s home into a literature that will inspire a new generation of writers, artists and filmmakers for years to come.”
The Tolkien family moved home in 1930 and stayed there for 1 year, during which time J. And. Tolkien wrote “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”.
The campaign is now live and will run through March 15, 2021.