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Woodridings, or 19 Lakeside Road, was a bungalow owned by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was situated in Branksome, Poole near Bournemouth. He bought the house in 1968, and he and Edith lived there until her death in 1972. They moved there to escape Tolkien's fame in Oxford after his retirement.[1]

The house was sold some time after September 2007 by the person who bought it from Tolkien[1] and subsequently demolished to be replaced with two "superb contemporary houses", which at some point were given the names "Luthien House" and "Beren House".[2]

Various "treasures" recovered from Tolkien's house were put up for exhibition in November 2008.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pieter Collier, 9th July 2008, "Here is your chance to own a piece of Tolkien history",
  2. Luthien House and Beren House on Google Street View as of 19th June 2015
  3. Pieter Collier, 8th November 2008, "Tolkien Treasures from Woodridings come to Hazael Design in Wimborne",