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Architects propose real-life Minas Tirith


Posted on Saturday, 15 August, 2015 | Comment icon 13 comments

Minas Tirith was inspired by St Michael's Mount in France. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Pablo Fernandez
A new IndieGoGo campaign hopes to raise almost $3 billion to build the fictional Lord of the Rings city.
The insane project is the brainchild of Jonathan Wilson and his team whose vision is to recreate the iconic city exactly as it appears in the movies at a location in Southern England.

"We are a team of Tolkien fans who are passionate about creating a beautiful, inspirational and fully-functioning replica of Peter Jackson's depiction of Minas Tirith," Wilson wrote on the website.

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

The outrageous sum of money being requested for the project would include construction of the replica city as well as its maintenance all the way up to the year 2053.

Backers willing to fork out 100,000 to help things along are being promised Lordship/Ladyship status with free access to the whole place along with invitations to exclusive annual events.

The only snag however is that the project is simply never going to happen - with only 46 days left to go on the fundraiser so far only 71,000 has been pledged from 1,846 people.

Even the people behind the endeavor are keen to emphasize that the whole thing is a pipe dream.

"Please only donate within your means, and in the knowledge that this project is a light-hearted venture with virtually no chance of succeeding," the IndieGoGo campaign states.

It isn't clear which is the more bizarre - the fact that this project even exists at all or the fact that sixteen people have pledged 900 of their hard-earned cash towards it.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (13)

Tags: Minas Tirith, Crowdfunding

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Harte on 16 August, 2015, 0:01
I volunteer to be Faramir. Faramir after the death of Denethor, of course. Harteamir
Comment icon #5 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 16 August, 2015, 0:28
Comment icon #6 Posted by jarjarbinks on 16 August, 2015, 1:58
can't wait to see on youtube a video of a guy on fire named Denethor jumping down the city
Comment icon #7 Posted by MissJatti on 16 August, 2015, 8:31
it will be like area 51, and costs an arm and leg to visit the place
Comment icon #8 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 16 August, 2015, 9:38
it will be like area 51, and costs an arm and leg to visit the place I really don't see how you can compare a top secret military facility with a city based on a fantasy book ?
Comment icon #9 Posted by BadChadB33 on 16 August, 2015, 11:42
LOTR fans gets theirs. Now how long before star wars fans gets a real life death star??
Comment icon #10 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 16 August, 2015, 15:41
I'd much prefer it to be build in New Zealand. Something like that just belongs there. And, the "real" Minas Tirith was up against a mountain. So this isn't the exact copy they're wishing for.
Comment icon #11 Posted by The Black Ghost on 16 August, 2015, 16:43
Honestly I think they could have set their sights a little lower and made this an attainable goal. Like, create another hobbiton. That, or attract actual investors.
Comment icon #12 Posted by MJNYC on 17 August, 2015, 17:56
LOTR fans gets theirs. Now how long before star wars fans gets a real life death star?? I want Braavos from Game of Thrones and Rivendale from LOTR
Comment icon #13 Posted by quasar_kid on 17 August, 2015, 22:27
Next thing, they're creating Elder Scrolls areas.


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