A group of architects has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring one of the most unforgettable places in epic fantasy into reality. The architects are seeking £2 billion to build a life-size replica of Minas Tirith, the capital city of Gondor, in southern England.
If the group reaches its goal within the 60-day limit, once complete, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or Peter Jackson's film adaptations will be able to work and live in the city. The funds raised from the campaign will be used to pay for the purchase of the land, building costs, and labor, with any left over after the project’s projected completion date of 2023 being used to pay for maintenance and public services through 2053.
If you've seen Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, you'd most likely remember Minas Tirith as the “White City” or "City of Kings" that Mordor's forces laid siege to in Return of the King.
“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," campaign leader Jonathan Wilson wrote on the IndieGoGo page.
Rewards for donating to the campaign range from a Twitter follow, to having your name on a city street, to being named a lord or lady of the city. After 13 days, the campaign has only raised less than £20,000, so go donate now if you want Minas Tirith to become a reality.
After 13 days of campaign, the campaign has already reached £40,000, so if you want to see this fictional city become a part of Earth, you can donate on their Indiegogo page now. Rewards for donating to the Indiegogo campaign from a Twitter follow, to having your name on a city street, to being named a lord or lady of the city.