Cabin fever cure: Hobbitathon

Gollum actor to read 'The Hobbit' in its entirety online tomorrow

Actor Andy Serkis, known for his portrayal of twisted, corrupted Gollum in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ films, will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ for 12 straight hours on Friday.

Updated: Watch Serkis read here.

The marathon reading will have Serkis reading the 1937 novel from start to finish (or, there and back again,) and stopping only to – as the BBC reported in what is possibly the most British phrase ever written – “nip off to the loo.”

The effort will help raise funds for two British health-related charities.

So many of us are struggling in isolation during the lockdown. While times are tough, I want to take you on one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written, a 12 hour armchair marathon across Middle Earth whilst raising money for two amazing charities which are doing extraordinary work right now to help those most in need in the UK: Best Beginnings  and NHS Charities Together.

It’ll likely be an animated affair, punctuated only by brief trips to the restroom, apparently.

If you want to join-in, you’ll have to set your alarm clock. The Unexpected Party will kick it all off at 10 a.m. BST, which is 5 a.m. here in EST.

There’s more info on Serkis’ gofundme page.

What: Andy Serkis reads “The Hobbit” from start to finish
When: Friday, May 8, 5 a.m. EST
Where: The link will be posted here.

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