Pricetag: $2.9 billion


A group of architects and Lord of the Rings fans is hoping to bring a slice of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world to life. It’s just going to take a lot of funding to do so.

An IndieGoGo campaign has been set up to raise funds in the hopes of building a real-world Minas Tirith (also known as Minas Anor), the capital city of Gondor. The city was seen in full, as in the picture above, in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the RIngs: The Return of the King, and the Tolkien fans behind the project hope to build their own version.

The price-point they’re hoping to reach on IndieGoGo? Well, that’s where the dream faces its biggest challenge. The team who started the project are looking to raise £1.85 billion, which is roughly $2.9 billion. For reference, the highest-grossing IndieGoGo campaign in U.S. dollars took in $12.8 million, while the Pebble Time took in about $20 million on Kickstarter. So yes, if the Minas Tirith campaign were to succeed, it would become the biggest crowdfunding project by a massive margin.

At the moment, however, 12 days into the 60-day campaign, the project has raised a little over £16,000. There are myriad tiers to pledge money, including a £10,000 option to become a Lord or Lady of the city, though the architects and engineers running the project promise that no one will be charged if they don’t hit their goal. If they do, they plan to start building in 2016 and hopefully completed by 2023.

Check out the campaign to see their general plans for the city, which would have both residential and commercial areas, and just what exactly all of that money would go toward. And until the campaign ends, there are always virtually built versions of Minas Tirith you can visit.

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