Ian McKellen and more “Lord of the Rings” actors call on fans to help save Tolkien’s home

Ian McKellen and his “Lord of the Rings” co-star John Rhys-Davies are among the actors lending their voices to Project Northmoor, a crowdfunding charity campaign that seeks to raise funds to buy J.R.R. Tolkien’s home on Northmoor Road in North Oxford, England. The home, which is now for sale, is where the author started work on his “Lord of the Rings” franchise. The goal is to not only buy the house but also to turn it into the world’s first Tolkien literary center.

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“We cannot achieve this without the support of the worldwide community of Tolkien fans, our fellowship of funders,” McKellen says in a video posted December 2 to launch Project Northmoor. The actor and Rhys-Davies are joined in the video by “The Hobbit” star Martin Freeman, “Lord of the Rings” illustrator John

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