Andy Serkis (and maybe Gollum?) will read ‘The Hobbit’ for coronavirus charities

Andy Serkis will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to raise money for charity.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Gollum alert!

Actor and director Andy Serkis announced Thursday on Twitter that he will read all of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel “The Hobbit” for charity in one sitting on Friday beginning at 2 a.m. Pacific.

Serkis is known for playing the small, cave-dwelling Gollum in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” film adaptations.

“I want to take you on one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written,” the actor tweeted above a photo of Gollum in front of a microphone. “Join me for a 12-hour armchair marathon reading of ‘The Hobbit’, in aid of two amazing charities which are doing extraordinary work right now to help those most in need.”


Proceeds will go to Best Beginnings and NHS Charities Together, two organizations that are helping people in need during the coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom.

“From an unexpected party to the last stage, join Bilbo and me on this tale of high adventure,” wrote Serkis on the GoFundMe page. “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.”

A link to the livestream reading will be posted on the GoFundMe page Friday.