Few 20th-century authors have captured readers’ imagination quite like J.R.R. Tolkien. The author—famed, of course, for penning The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy—has remained a staple in fantasy literature for generations. Now, there’s a new effort to further preserve the iconic writer’s legacy by purchasing his former home in Oxford, England, and converting it into a literary center.
Started by author Julia Golding, the campaign, dubbed Project Northmoor, launched a crowdfunding operation on Wednesday to buy Tolkien’s 20 Northmoor Road residence for £4.5 million ($5.4 million USD). Besides purchasing the house, the organization also has other goals, such as renovating the property “into a homely house Tolkien would recognise and restore the garden,” establishing scholarships for people who want to take part in