The house is located in Northmoor Road, Oxford, and was where the Tolkien family lived from 1930 to 1947. The six-bedroom house was built in the 1920s as a residence a local bookseller, before being redeveloped for staff at Oxford University, in which capacity Tolkien and his family took up residence.
Tolkien began work on The Hobbit in the late 1920s, but only typed up the story at Northmoor Road starting in 1930. It was published (after revisions) in 1937. Tolkien began work on The Lord of the Rings in 1937, completing it in 1947. It took a further two years to type up and edit, and the book was eventually published in three volumes between 1954 and 1955.
Project Northmoor is a fan-led project to purchase the property and develop it as a centre for Tolkien research and studies. The project has attracted the support of Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, Derek Jacobi, Annie Lennox and the retired Archbishop Rowan Williams, among others. Tolkien fan groups are also supporting the effort.