ACTORS ARE CROWDFUNDING TO BUY J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S HOME TO TURN IT INTO A LITERARY CENTRE
It’s where the
characters they portrayed on screen were born, and where the mastermind behind The Lord Of The Rings trilogy wrote his magic.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s home in Oxford, England, is about to go on sale, and some of the actors who brought his characters to life have started a crowdfunding initiative to buy it.
The initiative is called Project Northmoor – named after the road on which the house is situated – and is supported by writers and actors, including Ian McKellan who played Gandalf and Martin Freeman who played Bilbo.
John Rhys-Davies, who played the dwarf, Gimli, in The Lord Of The Rings series, told CNN that if the campaign succeeds, the home where Tolkien lived from 1930 to 1947 will be the first centre dedicated to the fantasy author anywhere in the world.
The group aims to collect $6 million dollars. $5 million of that will go towards buying the home, and the other $1 million will be used to renovate the place to create a non-profit organisation that will use the literary centre as it’s office.
The group only has six months to raise the funds, so the pressure is on.
Watch the Project Northmoor video below to find out more about Project Northmoor.
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