A quest to save the home of JRR Tolkien has begun, with Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins – or at least their earthly counterparts – joining the bid to turn the house where he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings into a museum.
Tolkien and his family moved into 20 Northmoor Road in Oxford in 1930, and lived there for 17 years while he was professor of Anglo-Saxon at the university. It was there he wrote The Hobbit, a novel that began as a bedtime story for his children, and followed it up with The Lord of the Rings.
Author Julia Golding has launched Project Northmoor, a charity that has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise £4.5m ($6m) to buy the house and turn it into a literary centre before it is put on the market. The project has been backed by actors including Ian McKellen, who plays