Many celebrities are gathering around the world to do what they can for the relief of Coronavirus victims. And Andy Serkis is one of them too. Recently, we reported of his Hobbitathon, where the actor would live read The Hobbit from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. Moreover, we are happy to report that Serkis was able to gather more than €300,000 in the process!
Andy Serkis’s live reading goes exceptionally well!
The 56-year-old actor and director live read the whole of the Hobbit from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings book series in a 12-hour long Hobbitathon. It began at 10 am on Friday and went on until 10 pm at night, with a few short 2 minute breaks. Andy Serkis’s live reading attracted almost 650,000 online viewers at its peak, with fans enjoying it just as much as his role as Gollum.
As we all know, Andy Serkis gave his memorable performance as Gollum from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. His demonic voice, coupled with his expressions made everyone admire his acting and the character. Serkis tweeted, thanking everyone who joined in on the effort, saying:
Thank you ALL so much for tuning in and for supporting our frontline workers. I am truly humbled by the response! Because of you, we raised more than £270,000 and counting! Thank you again @HarperCollinsUK and the Tolkien estate! Stay well!
Thank you ALL so much for tuning in and for supporting our frontline workers. I am truly humbled by the response! Because of you, we raised more than £270,000 and counting! Thank you again @HarperCollinsUK and the Tolkien estate! Stay well! pic.twitter.com/m79POIQq4b
— Andy Serkis (@andyserkis) May 8, 2020
Andy Serkis was only one part of what made Lord of the Rings so great. He read Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel, The Hobbit, which was the first book of the Lord of the Rings series. It is arguably the most famous work of fantasy fiction, which inspired Peter Jackson’s movie series in the early 2000s too.
Andy Serkis also thanked the Tolkien Estate, which has the ownership of JRR Tolkien’s original work. The proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together and Best Beginnings, which support frontline workers, especially of the NHS. Currently, Serkis’s GoFundMe page has gathered £292,805, or €333,243 as of now. However, you can donate to the cause right now. Just go to this page and donate.