Author Julia Golding has started Project Northmoor, a fundraising campaign with the goal of buying J.R.R. Tolkien’s Oxford house and turning it into a literary center. The house on 20 Northmoor Road was Tolkien’s home from 1930-1947 while he was professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University and where he wrote The Hobbit and the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings.
The campaign seeks to raise £4.5 million to purchase and renovate the house, and has the support of The Lord of the Rings actors Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and John Rhys-Davies. Golding said, “We don’t want to make it a dry museum, we want people to come and stay in the house. So if you’re an aspiring fantasy writer, you sign up for the four days and write your first fantasy novel.”
For more information, see the Project Northmoor website.
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