Lord of the Rings' Minas Tirith City Will be Built in the UK (If £1.85 Billion Can be Raised...)

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's the focus of the Lord of the Rings' dramatic final battle, a towering white city carved into the side of a mountain. But Minas Tirith need not remain only in the realm of fiction, provided fantasy crowdfunders can cough up a measly, oh, say £1.85 BILLION.

A team of architects in the UK, lead by Jonathan Wilson, have established an IndieGoGo campaign which aims to raise the incredible sum in order to build a complete replica of the Tolkien town here in the UK, as it appears in the cinematic trilogy.

“We are an ambitious team of architects and structural engineers who are passionate about creating a beautiful, inspirational and fully-functioning replica of Peter Jackson’s depiction of Minas Tirith, as seen in his Lord of the Rings films,” Wilson explains on the IndieGoGo page.

“We believe that, in realizing Minas Tirith, we can create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work.”

Yep – you could have your very own Hobbit hole in Minas Tirith. Where exactly the town would be, should the campaign meet its insane goal, remains to be seen, but the team have stated that they are scouting out a number of locations in the south of England. Should the funding target be somehow met, the team hope to have Minas Tirith fully functioning by 2023, a timeframe that sounds even more outlandish than the funding target itself.

So, does it stand a chance? Of course not. With 47 days to go, the project has raised just over £49,500. Which, considering all the money is returned to backers if the project fails, is probably made almost entirely of joke pledges. Still, one can only dream. Still, feel free to send some money by way of the source – as elf lady Galadriel once said, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” [IndieGoGo]