Lord of the Rings' Fans: Crowdfunding For A Real-Life Minas Tirith

Posted by Staff writer on Aug 14, 2015 06:10 AM EDT
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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 20: A large crowd gathers to the site of a Troll on top of the Embassy Theatre, just one of the characters from the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy awaits the cast, crew and celebrities to the premiere of the Lord Of the Rings in the newly renamed Wellington, Middle Earth, tonight, Wednesday. (Photo : (Photo by Robert Patterson/Getty Images))

Time reported that Minas Tirith, a fictional city and castle in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings like Lord of the Rings, will soon be out from the books and into the real world.

A group of Lord of the Rings fans wanted to build a life-size replica of Tolkien's castle in the south of England. "A self-professed ambitious team of architects and structural engineers," as written by time,  has recently launched a crowd funding campaign to fund their dream of building the fictional city  as it was visualized through Peter Jackson's cinematic version of Lord of the Rings. Jonathan Wilson, the one who set up the campaign, was quoted by metro saying that;

'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...We aim to create both residential and commercial properties, allowing for sustainable growth and a high quality of life...Our goal is to raise £1.85bn within 60 days. We're fully aware of the scale of our ambition, but we hope you realize just how special this project could be.'

If indeed they would reach the target castle price of £1.85 billion or almost $3 billion, the team estimated that the project would be finished around 2023. But as of now they are still far from the targeted amount, for as reported on msn they are still able to collect over $30,921 or roughly £19,798 in a 13 day period. And if they would not be successful of the crowd funding campaign, all donations would then be canceled.

The vast majority of the projected $3 billion as reported by msn would go towards the construction. And $23.4 million going towards land, $293 million for labor and $2.2 billion for materials. Rewards are also prepared for faithful donors and it would include a name on a monument, a free city tour, and other naming rights.

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