There is a very special Hobbit hole up for sale in Oxford, England.
The University professor J.R.R. Tolkien moved his family to the house on 20 Northmoor Road in 1930—and within these walls he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Despite the adoration the author evokes in the hearts of readers around the world, there is no place devoted to Tolkien studies anywhere—a remarkable fact that Hollywood celebrities are seeking to rectify through a crowdfunding campaign.
It was in this house where Tolkien dreamed up The Hobbit as a bedtime story for his children. Soon, the late author’s devoted fans might be able to gather, discuss, and dream up fantasies of their own.
Launched by actors from the blockbuster Hobbit films including Ian McKellen (who played Gandalf) and Martin Freeman (who played Bilbo), along with Annie Lennox and Derek Jacobi, the organizers are envisioning a program of retreats, writing seminars, and other cultural events.
If the house is secured for Tolkien fans, it will be renovated so that guests can experience what it would have been like to visit the Oxford Professor in 1940. Upstairs, the bedrooms will reflect the cultures he invented, and the garden would be restored to a beauty of which the inventor of Sam Gamgee would be proud.
The goal is to raise £4.5 million ($6 million dollars) to purchase and transform the Northmoor home—and 9 percent has been donated on the campaign website, as of December 4.
As with every crowdfunding campaign there are perks and gifts for the ‘Fellowship of Funders’ at various levels, from special certificates mailed for a pledge of $25 to personal invitations for events if you can donate more.