I Can't Stop Laughing At This $3 Billion Lord of the Rings Indiegogo Campaign

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There’s fandom, there’s madness, and there’s total freaking insanity. A new Indiegogo campaign to actually build the fictional Middle Earth city of Minas Tirith from The Lord of the Rings is something beyond that. It’s absolutely hilarious.

The campaign is hoping to raise £1.85 billion, which is roughly $2.9 billion, in the next two months and if it do, they’d build Minas Tirith. That’s the capitol city of Gondor, as made famous in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Here’s one of the best scenes from the movie, in the city.

Damn I love that scene.

Obviously, there’s a lot to say here. First, it’s simply never going to happen. But even if it did they’ve got a few things set. They’re looking at two locations, both in the south of England, and figure the £1.85 billion would be spent as follows: £15m for land, £188m for labour and £1.4bn for material. Simple enough.


One of my many question is, are they planning on building Minas Tirith direct from the movies? I’m pretty sure, despite his legendary attention to detail, J.R.R. Tolkien, didn’t put blueprint or schematic deep inside an obscure printing of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson didn’t even build the city, by the way. It’s a series of sets, scene extensions and computer graphics. So then you’re just building something from a movie, not from your beloved novel.

The rewards for donating are equally humorous. For £500 (roughly $780) you can spend a night there. For an extra £400 on top of that, you can even bring a guest. What does it say that your £500 donation doesn’t even allow you to bring a guest? Insert loneliness joke here.

Look, I love the Lord of the Rings books, movies, and if there really was a Minas Tirith, I’d visit the shit out of it. I’d visit it so hard. But to crowd source this? It’s a little childish and I honestly can’t stop chuckling about it.

But hey, there are a few weeks left on the campaign and they’re almost at £50,000. That’s only £1.8 billion to go.


[Indiegogo, H/T EW]

Image: Lex Groomer

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