Lord of the Rings Cast & Crew Team Up To Turn Tolkien’s Home Into Writing Center With Project Northmoor
The house that J.R.R. Tolkien lived in while writing The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is up for sale at 20 Northmoor Road in Oxford. As a result, members of the creative crew and cast who worked on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy have teamed up to create Project Northmoor. This charity organization seeks to purchase the estate, and turn it into a center for all things Tolkien.
Tolkien’s Former Estate at 20 Northmoor Road | Image via Project Northmoor
Famous Lord of the Rings Alum Join Together For Project Northmoor
The organization has some grand plans for the estate. They aim to restore Tolkien’s beloved garden; build a hobbit hole on the grounds, and host writing workshops and retreats. Big names associated with The Lord of the Rings franchise came together to record a video about the project. The video includes an appearance from Gandalf himself – Ian McKellan. Also appearing in the video are Martin Freeman; Gimli actor John Rhys-Davies, and singer Annie Lennox (who recorded the end-credits song for Return of the King). Renowned LoTR illustrator John Howe also makes an appearance.
In a press release, actor John Rhys-Davies mentions that “Unbelievably, considering his importance, there is no centre devoted to Tolkien anywhere in the world. The vision is to make Tolkien’s house into a literary hub that will inspire new generations of writers, artists and filmmakers for many years to come.”
A Center For Creativity Inspired By Tolkien
Middle-Earth Map | Image via Amazon Prime
According to the Project Northmoor website: “Our vision is to make Tolkien’s house, not a dry museum, but a homely house of continuing creativity, inspiring new generations of writers, artists and filmmakers. The house will also have an engaging online presence to bring into the house’s programme those who cannot travel to Oxford.”
The organization seeks to establish a creative writing center instead of a museum. Because according to zoning laws in the U.K., the house must remain a residential property. Project Northmoor feels that the best way to honor Tolkien’s legacy is to inspire new generations of fantasy writers. To that end they plan to hold writing workshops, and host creative retreats at the home.
J.R.R. Tolkien and his family moved out of the house at 20 Northmoor Road in 1947. So the home is not currently owned by the Tolkien Estate. Nor is the Tolkien Estate involved with Project Northmoor, as they made clear in a press release last week.
Project Northmoor is currently accepting donations on their website, where you can also find more information on the organization’s plans for the former Tolkien estate. For more genre news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.