Gollum Actor Reads ‘The Hobbit’ Live For Covid-19 Relief

Andy Serkis, the Gollum actor, creates Hobbitathon: a 12 hour live reading of The Hobbit for Coronavirus charity relief. This story of goodness and hope has us all saying “precious.”

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May 8th, Andy Serkis, the actor who played the ring corrupted character originally known as Smeagol in the Lord of the Rings films, is reading The Hobbit for Covid 19 Relief. At 10 am BST, Serkis started reading the Hobbit novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, and will continue to read until the novel is over which will take a total of 12 hours. This huge expedition is called “Hobbitathon” already started 15,000 viewers watched the first hour and £100,000 had already been made. 




Serkis stated that, “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.”

Before he started reading, Serkis thanked the NHS and all the charities “who are out there doing important work saving our lives and keeping us safe.”


image via Andy Serkis

So far, Serkis has raised £203,699 (about $253,000). We love seeing our favorite books being read by the actors of the movies that made them come alive. And even more so that it is raising money for the heroes saving lives today. This story of goodness and hope has us all saying “precious.”

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