Lord Of The Rings stars Sir Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman and John Rhys-Davies have joined forces to save JRR Tolkien’s house.
Instead of the legendary author’s Oxford home being put on the market, the actors are hoping to raise enough money to buy the house and turn it into a literary centre.
Ian, who played Gandalf and John, who played Gimli in the original franchise, have joined with Martin, who starred as Frodo in The Hobbit, for the campaign, which they have called Project Northmoor, after the house’s address, 20 Northmoor Road.
The trio are aiming to raise £4 million to purchase the house, with £500,000 after that to be used renovating the house.
A statement on the Project Northmoor website explains: ‘There is no centre devoted to Tolkien studies anywhere in the world – a remarkable fact considering the writer’s importance and continuing popularity. This is the perfect house to set this right.’
It adds: ‘If the house is secured for Tolkien fans, it will be renovated so that the guest can experience what it would have been like to call on the Professor in 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.
‘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.’
The likes of Ian, Martin, and John, as well as Derek Jacobi, who narrated the LOTR audio books, and Annie Lennox, who wrote the theme for the movies, also filmed a video, explaining the importance of the project and urging fans to donate on the website.
The house was built in 1924 and boasts six bedrooms, a 27-foot drawing room, and a large garden.
As the actors explain in the video, Tolkien moved in with his family in the 1930s, and wrote the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit books in the 17 years he lived there.
Tolkien died in 1973, although his legacy has lived on years later.
The first Lord Of The Rings movie was released in 2001, with the second being released in 2002 and the third in 2003.
Martin later starred in the adaptation of The Hobbit, with the three films being released in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
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