WATCH: Andy Serkis reads The Hobbit live for Charity

Andy Serkis reads The HobbitAndy Serkis is taking us on an epic adventure in Middle Earth as he live-reads The Hobbit for charity.

He started reading the novel live on the morning of May 8th and the “Hobbitathon” is expected to last for around twelve hours. The event is meant to raise funds for COVID-19 relief, particularly for the organizations Best Beginnings and NHS Charities Together.

Serkis played the iconic role of Gollum for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and for the first chapter of The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey. He was more recently seen in Netflix’s The Letter for the King.

The GoFundMe page set up for this event provides more details about the two charities. On the same page, Serkis shares this message:

“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.

Starting at 10am on Friday 8th May BST (5am EST, 2am PST), I’ll be embarking on a marathon reading of The Hobbit – from cover to cover, there and back again. The entire book. A Hobbitathon!

From an unexpected party to the last stage, join Bilbo and me on this tale of high adventure. Together we’ll face the might of the trolls, journey to the magical Rivendell, encounter the giant spiders in the labyrinths of Mirkwood, and the evil goblins living among the roots of the Misty Mountains, until we meet the dragon Smaug, and see the Battle of the Five Armies.”

As of this writing, the event has already raised £233,579 out of its £ 250,000 goal.

As you relive the adventures of The Hobbit from the comfort of your home, please consider donating to the charity if you can. Watch the live-reading below: