Posted on 12/08/2020 at 08:39 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The charity that’s fundraising to purchase writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s home has responded to concerns over its intentions for the building.

The Guardian reports that Project Northmoor’s founder writes from a “faith-based perspective”; its three trustees are all active or retired directors of Christian organizations; and its fundraising platforms are both Christian ones.

This raised concerns about the group’s ultimate intention for the Tolkien house; Project Northmoor has since updated its website FAQ to state that those of all faiths — or none — will be welcome at the house.

Additionally, the Guardian notes, the group now says that donations “may be refunded upon request” if it’s unable to buy the home, where Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Previously, it had stated that donations would not be returned, period.

Head to the Guardian to read Project Northmoor founder Julia Golding’s responses to these recent concerns.

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