Posted on December 2, 2020 at 3:53 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The house where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy went on the market last fall, and there’s now an interested buyer.

Well, more like buyers, and they’re eager to purchase but need a little help first.

A nonprofit group called Project Northmoor is seeking to raise at least $5.3 million to preserve the home in Oxford, England, reports the New York Times.

Among its supporters: singer Annie Lennox and actors Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, and Martin Freeman (all of whom appeared in films based on Tolkien’s work).

The effort, if successful, would enable the site to become a Tolkien center.

Elsewhere in England, three houses that appear in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion are up for sale, too.

The houses in Bath are to be sold together at an online auction on December 15, with an asking price of £4 million (about $5.35 million).

Literary Hub, which shares information on the auction, has also gathered passages from Persuasion in which the houses appear, for those who are curious.

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