J. R. R. Tolkien may have passed away more than 40 years ago, but one private buyer was still very eager to live in the house the author once called home.
If we were to ask a random selection of people what the biggest, best, and most famous book or series of books of all time is, we'd probably get a smorgasbord of answers. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight, a couple of smartasses might even say The Bible. However, considering the impact the trilogy, and The Hobbit before it, has had on so many walks of life, it would be hard to argue with anyone who answered Lord of the Rings.
LOTR was set in a world created entirely from scratch by J. R. R. Tolkien. The ability for the books' to span generations has ensured that LOTR has remained relevant for decades, even though Tolkien passed away all the way back in 1973. Whether it be the books, the movies, or the big-budget TV show being worked on right now, LOTR is always relevant.
Despite passing away almost 50 years ago, Tolkien made headlines for a very different reason recently. The house in which Tolkien lived with his family between 1930 and 1947 was sold for a staggering £4,575,000 ($5.8 million), reports Grit Daily. The unnamed private buyer is clearly a big Tolkien fan, hence their willingness to pay through the nose to literally step inside the author's world.
Aside from the fact Tolkien once called the six-bedroom house in Oxford, England home, there are other reasons why the building demanded such a high price. Thanks to its historical significance, the house is Grade II-listed. In the UK, that means it is a building of national and historical significance, and it cannot be significantly altered without special permission.
Tolkien's home was first bought by a private buyer back in 2004, at which point it sold for £1.5 million ($1.9 million). Seems as if the UK housing market has blown up over that 15 year period. It should also be noted that 2004 was the year after the cinematic release of the third and final LOTR movie, Return of the King. Perhaps that first private buyer watched all three films and decided they wanted as much Tolkien as they could possibly afford.