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Tolkien fans aim to raise £2bn to recreate city

A group of architects are aiming to build a full-scale replica of a fictional city from Lord of the Rings in the UK.

Such an endeavour will obviously cost a pretty penny and the people behind it are looking for £1.85 billion to make their dream a reality. 

A group of architects and engineers who – unsurprisingly – are big fans of all things Tolkien are behind the scheme. It’s headed by a Jonathan Wilson, who aims to replicate the Minas Tirith as seen in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films.

The team aim to build the city somewhere in southern England – they claim to have two sites under consideration, but don’t say where they are.

The town would function as a tourist attraction, but also as a place to live and work.

The funds would be split as follows: £1.4 billion for materials, £15 million for land and £188 million for labour. Whatever is left would be used to run maintenance and public services until 2053.

You can order your house there now. They’re rated on a star system, like hotels. A five-star one-bedroom house will set you back £700,000, while a luxury four-bedroom penthouse will cost £1.72 million. Still, probably cheaper than London.

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