Andy Serkis’ ‘Hobbitathon’

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Actor Andy Serkis, who brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gollum to life in big-screen adaptations of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), will perform a marathon reading of The Hobbit – from cover to cover.

The goal will be to raise money for two UK charities helping families and health care workers deal with the impact of Covid-19: Best Beginnings and NHS Charities Together.

Serkis will crack the book starting tomorrow, May 8, at 5 am ET (set your alarm)/10 am GMT, embarking on the epic tale of trolls, giant spiders, evil goblins, a dragon named Smaug and, ultimately, the Battle of the Five Armies.

Streaming details will be announced on the Hobbitathon GoFundMe page. Serkis promises that if the fundraiser hits its target of £100,000 (about $122,000 US dollars), “there may be a special surprise later in our journey.” So far, the campaign has raised £31,000.

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Where to Stream the Best of Gollum

Once you have listened to Serkis’ performance, here is where to binge his incomparable turns as Gollum:

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – You can rent it from $2.99 via Amazon, Fandango Now and other providers.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – Rent for $3.99 from Google Play, Vudu and other sources.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Rent for $3.99 on Amazon, iTunes and other providers.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Rent for $3.99 via FandangoNow, YouTube and other services.

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