Architects launch £2 billion crowdfunding campaign to build ‘Lord of the Rings’ city

The have 60 days to raise the funds

An ambitious group of architects and structural engineers have launched a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of raising almost £2 billion to build a fully-functioning replica of Minas Tirith as it appeared in the film version of ‘Lord of the Rings’.

The group want to build the city in the south of England and, as reported by The Telegraph, have estimated they’ll need £15 million for land, £188 million for labour and £1.4 billion for materials, while any leftover money being used for “maintenance and public services”.

“We all share a love of Tolkien’s work, and a desire to challenge the common perception of community and architecture,” the group’s leader Jonathan Wilson wrote on the campaign’s IndieGoGo page. “We believe that, in realising Minas Tirith, we can create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work.”

The group only have 60 days to raise the funds and are currently on £13,119 (all money will be returned if the goal isn’t met). In the unlikely event the goal is achieved, investors who in put in large amounts can expect rewards, such as their own houses in the city and even being declared a Lord or Lady.