Fellowship of stars battles to save Tolkien’s ‘Bag End’

NEW DELHI: Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and other luminaries have formed a new crowd-funding fellowship to raise $6 million to buy the Oxford home of “The Lord of the Rings” author J R R Tolkien.
Actors Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, stars of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film adaptations, have joined the “Project Northmoor” campaign to turn the sprawling house into a museum in honour of the fantasy writer. “To raise $6 million in three months is a huge challenge,” British novelist Julia Golding, who is leading the campaign, said. “However, we need only to look at Frodo and Sam’s journey from Rivendell to Mount Doom — which took that same amount of time — and we are inspired that we can do this too!
With seven bedrooms and a spacious garden, 20 Northmoor Road in Oxford is a far cry from the modest hobbit dwelling at Bag End inhabited by the Baggins clan. Tolkien and his family moved into the house in 1930 and lived there for 17 years. He wrote “The Hobbit” and the bulk of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy there. There is no literary centre devoted to Tolkien. The campaign aims to buy the house, renovate it, and create a museum. McKellen appealed for donations at until March 15.

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