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British architects hope to build life-size LOTR fortress

The group is looking to raise $2.8 billion to build a real Minas Tirith

August 16, 2015 11:00AM


Minas Tirith

Calling rich nerds: the only thing standing between you and a life-size replica of the Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings (as depicted in the Return of the King film) is $2.8 billion.

A group of U.K. architects and engineers have announced that building the life-size fortress is possible, but they need cash. So, they’ve started an Indiegogo page with the hopes of crowd-funding the billions in just 60 days, according to Entertainthis.

“Our goal is to raise £1.85bn within 60 days. We’re fully aware of the scale of our ambition, but we hope you realise just how special this project could be,” the group wrote on its page.

“In order to realise this amazing dream, we have calculated our required budget to be in the region of £1.85bn. The vast majority of this expense will cover building costs – £15m for land, £188m for labour and £1.4bn for material. The remainder of the money will be invested in maintenance and public services until the year 2053. We aim to commence work on Minas Tirith by the end of 2016, and complete the project by the end of 2023. We are currently considering two locations for Minas Tirith, both in southern England.”

Alas, this is probably as far fetched as it sounds, since so far the group has raised just over $100,000. [Entertainthis]Christopher Cameron