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Architects Hope for Real Minas Tirith

Friday, August 28, 2015

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Let’s say that in the darkest depths of Mordor, you meet a girl so fair. So, of course, you want to take her to the city of Minas Tirith where she will be protected by Elves, Dwarves, the White Wizard, sturdy Hobbits—and maybe some people, too—just in case Sauron’s forces decide they want her back.

Well, if a group of English architects have their way, Lord of the Rings fans (and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth fans, too) might just get a “Tower of the Guard” as a sanctuary behind the great gates.

Crowdfunding Initiative

The architects, Realise Minas Tirith, led by project manager Jonathan Wilson, have created an Indiegogo page to raise £1.85 billion (about US$2.85 billion) in just 60 days so that they can build the fictional city that appears in the LOTR trilogy.

Indiegogo / Realise Minas Tirith

A group of architects and structural engineers have started a crowdfunding campaign to build Minas Tirith, a fictitious city in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings and the film trilogy Lord of the Rings.

As of Thursday (Aug. 27), the group had raised just £83,120 (about US$128,000) in the first 26 days of its campaign.

“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, as seen in his Lord of the Rings films,” the group posted on the Indiegogo site.

“We all share a love of Tolkien's work, and a desire to challenge the common perception of community and architecture.

“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.”

City Budget

The group, based in Worcester, U.K., also has specific goals in mind of what its members would like to see in the community that would be built in southern England. Team members vision a mix of residential and commercial properties of varying quality and sizes.

Despite stating on the site that the dream of creating a real Minas Tirith is “a light-hearted venture with virtually no chance of succeeding,” the group has done its homework and crunched real numbers.

Of the £1.85 billion, the group states that it would need £15 million for land, £188 million for “labor” and £1.4 billion for the material needed to complete the project.

The rest of the money, it said, would go toward maintenance and public services through 2053—which may come in handy. Tolkien’s own description of the city and of Gondor in general during the Third Age suggests a somewhat unpopulated town that had fallen into disrepair.

The Benefits

Certainly, the self-proclaimed “ambitious team of architects and structural engineers” would not want the “Lordship/Ladyship of the City” (a title given to one who donates £100,000 (about US$154,000) and one of several perks to contributors that range from a follow on Twitter to three strands of Galadriel’s hair) to have a less-than-honorable place to call home.

And even if a contributor doesn’t get the title or a night in Minas Tirith, he or she won’t lose anything, either. The group has promised a full refund if it doesn’t reach its goal.


Tagged categories: Architects; Color + Design; Developers; Engineers; Europe; Funding

Comment from john lienert, (8/28/2015, 7:23 AM)

watch that money magically disappear

Comment from Jeff Laikind, (8/28/2015, 9:26 AM)

There appears to be a missing decimal point in the first US currency reference (US$285 billion).

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