A Lord of the Rings City? “Architects” are Hoping to Build One!
A screenshot of Gandalf galloping to Minas Tirith in <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>.
A screenshot of Gandalf galloping to Minas Tirith in The Lord of the Rings.

A Lord of the Rings City? “Architects” are Hoping to Build One!

Attention Lord of the Rings fans: Minas Tirith might soon be coming to earth. Yup, you’ve heard that right; the fictional city that was featured in JRR Tolkein’s popular series of books and immortalised by Peter Jackson in celluloid might soon be recreated in the UK!

A self-confessed group of “ambitious architects” have started a crowdfunding project, by means of which they want to create a “beautiful, inspirational replica” of Tolkein’s city.

Tolkein fans will remember Minas Tirith most vividly as that massive ‘White City’ that the forces of Mordor laid siege to in the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The battle scene was near epic, and the city in Jackson’s glorious vision, never looked more resplendent.

Well, ALL of this might become a reality – but only if you’re willing to stake claim to the fact that this bunch of fans can actually realise this project. The “architects” have declared that they need to raise £1.85bn to fully fund the project – which means, costs of building, land, labour, etc. Any money left over will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the new city and is projected to last till 2053.

<i>The Lord of the Rings</i> wallpaper.
The Lord of the Rings wallpaper.

The Minas Tirith Dream: Much too Ambitious?

We believe that, in realising 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.
– the team wrote on its Indiegogo page

So far – at least till the time of this article – the proud Tolkein fans have managed to raise only £45,261 (raised by 1,126 people in 13 days). This is particularly disheartening as the group has given themselves a timespan of 60 days within which to complete the funding process – an ambition as steep as some of the misty mountains of LOTR.

However, Frodo and Gandalf if anything, taught us to believe in miracles, big ans small, and fans will continue to hold out hope till their team is up. As of now, if they do contribute, there are various incentives waiting for them! If you donate £100,000, you earn the title of “Ladyship/Lordship” of the City; even a donation of a mere £3 will get you a Follow on Twitter!

If you truly believe in this Hobbit-loving bunch, go forth and contribute on their page. We’re not letting go of the dream till the time’s up!

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