Select cast members of The Lord of the Rings are banding together for a good cause. They’re creating a fellowship, if you will. Their mission? To save the home where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the beloved books that would later become the hit movies. It all feels very in keeping with themes from The Lord of the Rings. Protecting one’s home at all costs.
Ian McKellen and John Rhys-Davies, who played Gandalf and Gimli in the films, are spearheading the mission. The Hobbit‘s Martin Freeman, singer Annie Lennox, and author Julia Golding are also part of the initiative. The team created a fundraiser called Project Northmoor to save 20 Northmoor Road. They hope to turn Tolkien’s former house into a literary center in honor of the author.
The group of famous faces recorded a video urging fans to help preserve Tolkien’s legacy.
The video also includes appearances by Tokien actor Sir Derek Jacobi, Lord of the Rings illustrator John Howe, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth, author Joseph Loconte, and TheOneRing.net‘s Cliff Broadway.
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The centre could become the first in the world dedicated to Tolkien. It would be home to retreats, writing seminars, and other cultural events. The team also hopes to launch an online program writers can virtually attend. Even better? Renovations would keep the house looking as it did when Tolkien lived and worked there.
If you’d like to donate to Project Northmoor, you can do so on the fundraising page here. The campaign hopes to raise $6 million total. It runs from December 2 to March 15, 2021.