In August 2015 stories popped up around the web about a group that was trying to use crowdfunding to raise money to build a real-life replica of “Minas Tirth”, from The Lord of the Rings, in southern England.
The story seemed to fade away after a couple weeks, and I have not been able to find any additional information about it. I was struck at the time by the romance of the idea however. As a life-long LOTR fan, I sympathize to a huge degree with their passion for Minas Tirith, and for the power and sacrality inherent in Tolkien’s world and vision.
Jonathan Wilson, the leader of the group of architects who came up with the idea, stated: “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 can create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work.”
A healthy challenge, I might add, and a popular one. For across Europe and the Anglo-Saxon nations, an increasing number of individuals and families are trying to find ways to live in a more natural, sacred manner.
Not only that, but building a real life replica of Minas Tirith- or any similar castle, for that matter- would be a hugely inspiring act, one that would bring one’s ancestral vision and sense of heritage to the forefront. It would declare “This is who we are, this is our identity”, amidst a modern Western world that sees “identity” as a bad word. It would forge an intense connection to the past, as well as a statement about the future.
This is the sort of mass project that I think a European government should seek to undertake, and the obvious impossibility of picturing any of them doing so is telling. For in such an idea the contrast with the migrant crisis is unmistakable. Where Europe is currently spending billions upon billions of dollars to bring in immigrants who hate its culture; do not respect its laws; and rape and pillage both its people and its land, focusing instead on positive cultural achievements, and building monuments to the cultures and ancestors who gave us these lives we are so blessed to have, would be a pro-active, pro-cultural statement of action.
Such an idea is a mere fancy of course, and I truly can sympathize with what opponents of such an idea on the left would say, which is “How can you spend billions on monuments to your own culture, when other groups of people are suffering and in need of help?” It is indeed true that there is much suffering and horror around the globe. But importing it into Europe, in a manner that will do nothing but sink Europe into such pathetic depths of suffering itself, if not worse, is nothing but sheer madness.
Charity and empathy are important, but they must be counter-balanced by common sense, as well as pride. It is my sincere hope that as the state of things in Europe becomes more clear, increasing numbers of individuals, as well as nations, will re-embrace the grandeur, decency, and common sense our ancestors once possessed. When that happens, perhaps we will see the White Tower rising over southern England after all.