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| name=The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I
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| name=''The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I''
 
| developer=[[Interplay Productions]] ([[wikipedia:MS-DOS|MS-DOS]]), [[Chaos Studios]] ([[Wikipedia:Amiga|Amiga]])
 
| developer=[[Interplay Productions]] ([[wikipedia:MS-DOS|MS-DOS]]), [[Chaos Studios]] ([[Wikipedia:Amiga|Amiga]])
 
| publisher=[[Electronic Arts]] (UK), [[Interplay Productions]] (rest of the world)
 
| publisher=[[Electronic Arts]] (UK), [[Interplay Productions]] (rest of the world)
| platform=[[wikipedia:Amiga|Amiga]], [[wikipedia:MS-DOS|MS-DOS]], [[wikipedia:Commodore 64|Commodore 64]]
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| platform=[[wikipedia:Amiga|Amiga]], [[wikipedia:Commodore 64|Commodore 64]], [[wikipedia:MS-DOS|MS-DOS]]
| releasedate=[[1990]]
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| releasedate=[[11 April]] [[1990]]<ref name="Giantbomb">{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.giantbomb.com/jrr-tolkiens-the-lord-of-the-rings-vol-i/61-8643/|articlename=The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I|dated=|website=[http://www.giantbomb.com Giantbomb]|accessed=1 January 2011}}</ref>
 
| genre=[[wikipedia:Adventure|Adventure]], [[wikipedia:Role-Playing games|RPG]]
 
| genre=[[wikipedia:Adventure|Adventure]], [[wikipedia:Role-Playing games|RPG]]
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|}}'''''The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I''''' is a video game developed by [[Interplay Productions]], written by [[Scott Bennie]] and [[Mark Whittlesey]], whilst the game music was composed by [[Charles Deenen]].<ref name="Giantbomb"/><ref name="Tolkien Games">{{webcite|author=Fredrik Ekman|articleurl=http://www.lysator.liu.se/tolkien-games/entry/lotr1.html|articlename=The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I|dated=|website=Games|accessed=1 January 2011}}</ref><ref name="El Anillo">{{webcite|author=José M. Fernández|articleurl=http://www.meristation.com/v3/des_articulo.php?pic=CON&id=2254&idj=&idp=&tipo=art&c=1&pos=6|articlename=El Anillo interactivo|dated=17 January 2012|website=[http://www.meristation.com/dreamcast/448300 Meristation]|accessed=28 december 2014}} <!-- p. 7 --></ref><ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.mobygames.com/game/jrr-tolkiens-the-lord-of-the-rings-vol-i|articlename=The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I|dated=|website=[http://www.mobygames.com Moby Games]|accessed=1 January 2011}}</ref> The game designers were influenced by [[Iron Crown Enterprises]]'s [[MERP]]<ref name="Polygon">{{webcite|author= Alexa Ray Corriea|articleurl=http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/23/6414775/lord-the-rings-tolkien-video-games|articlename=THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A HISTORY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS IN VIDEO GAMES|dated=23 September 2014|website=[www.polygon.com Polygon]|accessed=28 December 2014}}</ref> and used material from [[Ralph Bakshi]]'s [[1978]] [[The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)|movie]] for cut-scenes.<ref name= "Tolkien Games"/> The game features include a large open-world, eight playable characters and a storyline based on [[The Fellowship of the Ring]].  A sequel, ''[[The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers]]'', was released in [[1993]]. Interplay also released a [[J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (SNES)|version for the SNES]], which greatly differed from the PC game.
  
'''The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I''' is a video game developed by [[Interplay Productions]]. It was later followed by ''[[The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers]]''. It uses material from [[Ralph Bakshi]]'s 1978 [[The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)|movie]] for cut-scenes.
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==Development==
  
It was writen by [[Scott Bennie]] and [[Mark Whittlesey]], with music by [[Charles Deenen]].
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Interplay started developing a fantasy RPG, which was not set in Middle-earth, in the late 1980s. After Interplay obtained the license for creating a video game based on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, the game was scrapped and redeveloped as an adaptation of [[The Fellowship of the Ring]].<ref name="Polygon"/>
  
 
== Gameplay ==
 
== Gameplay ==
  
The player starts with [[Frodo Baggins]] and can get the rest of the other [[Fellowship of the Ring]], except [[Boromir]]. You can recruit these while following the main story. You can also play many side quests.
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The player starts as [[Frodo Baggins]] and can obtain the rest of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] (except [[Boromir]]) as they progress through the main story. The player can switch between characters to decide who leads the Fellowship, equip other party members with a range of weapons and armour, distribute skills among the group, cast spells, and perform various skill-based actions.<ref name="Tolkien Games"/>  Whilst progressing through the main story, the player is able to complete several side-adventures and revisit previous locations, during which new characters, quests and objects can be discovered.<ref name="Polygon"/><ref name="Tolkien Games"/> The game also included a day/night system. At night, some enemies are stronger and there is a greater chance of encountering the [[Nazgûl]] than during day-time.<ref name="Tolkien Games"/>
 
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The player can swap whoever leads the Fellowship, equip other party members with a range of weapons and armour, distribute skills among the group, cast spells, and perform various skill-based actions. The world is quite large and a player can return to older parts of the world. The player can then discover new places, characters, quests and objects in the older parts. This makes a dynamic game. There is also a day/night system, in the night there is more change to encounter a [[Nazgûl]] and are some enemies stronger than at the day.
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== Playable Characters ==
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== Featured Characters ==
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=== Playable Characters ===
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[[Image:Lotr1 2-1-.gif|thumb|300px]]
 
* [[Frodo Baggins]]
 
* [[Frodo Baggins]]
 
* [[Samwise Gamgee]]
 
* [[Samwise Gamgee]]
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* [[Peregrin Took]]
 
* [[Peregrin Took]]
 
* [[Aragorn|Aragorn II]]
 
* [[Aragorn|Aragorn II]]
* [[Gandalf the Grey]]
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* [[Gandalf|Gandalf the Grey]]
 
* [[Legolas]]
 
* [[Legolas]]
 
* [[Gimli]]
 
* [[Gimli]]
  
== Sysnopsis ==
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==Other Characters==
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* [[Tom Bombadil]]<ref name="Polygon"/>
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== Synopsis ==
  
[[Image:Lotr1 2-1-.gif|thumb|400px]] The game starts with some cut scenes from [[Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings]]. The player begins as [[Frodo Baggins]] in [[Hobbiton]]. The player must first travel to [[Buckland]]. Then you must cross the [[Old Forest]] and the [[Barrow-downs]]. In the Barrow Downs the player must escape the [[Barrow-wights]] with the help of [[Tom Bombadil]]. In [[Rivendell]] you must collect the pieces of [[Andúril]], with can be found in the lands around Rivendell.
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The game opens with some cut scenes from [[Ralph Bakshi]]'s ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)|The Lord of the Rings]]''. The player starts as [[Frodo Baggins]] in [[Hobbiton]] and must first travel to [[Buckland]] before crossing the [[Old Forest]] and the [[Barrow-downs]]. In the Barrow-downs the player must escape the [[Barrow-wights]] with the help of [[Tom Bombadil]] whilst at [[Rivendell]] you must collect the pieces of [[Andúril]], which can be found in the surrounding lands.<ref name="Tolkien Games"/>
  
After the player escaped the darkniss of [[Moria]] you must search the gifts from [[Galadriel]]. When Frodo Baggings is captured in [[Dol Guldur]]. The remaining members of the Fellowship must then free Frodo with help from [[Radagast|Radagast the Brown]] and the [[Elves]] of [[Lórien]] before the [[Witch-King]] arrives and brings the [[Ring-bearer]] to [[Mordor]] and the fate of [[Middle-earth]] is lost.
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After the player escapes the darkness of [[Moria]] they must search the gifts from [[Galadriel]]. When Frodo Baggins is captured in [[Dol Guldur]] the remaining members of the Fellowship must then free Frodo with help from [[Radagast|Radagast the Brown]] and the [[Elves]] of [[Lothlórien]] before the [[Witch-king]] arrives and brings the [[Ring-bearer]] to [[Mordor]] and the fate of [[Middle-earth]] is lost.<ref name="Tolkien Games"/>
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
  
* [[:Category:Images from The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (PC)|Image galery]]
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* [[:Category:Images from The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (PC)|Image gallery]]
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* ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (SNES)|J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings]]'' for the [[wikipedia:Super Nintendo Entertainment System|SNES]]
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* ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers|J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II]]'', its sequel
  
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Latest revision as of 15:59, 4 August 2017

739101-23889 boxshot 1-1-.jpg
The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I
Video game
DeveloperInterplay Productions (MS-DOS), Chaos Studios (Amiga)
PublisherElectronic Arts (UK), Interplay Productions (rest of the world)
PlatformAmiga, Commodore 64, MS-DOS
Release date11 April 1990[1]
GenreAdventure, RPG
The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I is a video game developed by Interplay Productions, written by Scott Bennie and Mark Whittlesey, whilst the game music was composed by Charles Deenen.[1][2][3][4] The game designers were influenced by Iron Crown Enterprises's MERP[5] and used material from Ralph Bakshi's 1978 movie for cut-scenes.[2] The game features include a large open-world, eight playable characters and a storyline based on The Fellowship of the Ring. A sequel, The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers, was released in 1993. Interplay also released a version for the SNES, which greatly differed from the PC game.

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[edit] Development

Interplay started developing a fantasy RPG, which was not set in Middle-earth, in the late 1980s. After Interplay obtained the license for creating a video game based on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, the game was scrapped and redeveloped as an adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring.[5]

[edit] Gameplay

The player starts as Frodo Baggins and can obtain the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring (except Boromir) as they progress through the main story. The player can switch between characters to decide who leads the Fellowship, equip other party members with a range of weapons and armour, distribute skills among the group, cast spells, and perform various skill-based actions.[2] Whilst progressing through the main story, the player is able to complete several side-adventures and revisit previous locations, during which new characters, quests and objects can be discovered.[5][2] The game also included a day/night system. At night, some enemies are stronger and there is a greater chance of encountering the Nazgûl than during day-time.[2]

[edit] Featured Characters

[edit] Playable Characters

Lotr1 2-1-.gif

[edit] Other Characters

[edit] Synopsis

The game opens with some cut scenes from Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings. The player starts as Frodo Baggins in Hobbiton and must first travel to Buckland before crossing the Old Forest and the Barrow-downs. In the Barrow-downs the player must escape the Barrow-wights with the help of Tom Bombadil whilst at Rivendell you must collect the pieces of Andúril, which can be found in the surrounding lands.[2]

After the player escapes the darkness of Moria they must search the gifts from Galadriel. When Frodo Baggins is captured in Dol Guldur the remaining members of the Fellowship must then free Frodo with help from Radagast the Brown and the Elves of Lothlórien before the Witch-king arrives and brings the Ring-bearer to Mordor and the fate of Middle-earth is lost.[2]

[edit] See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I", Giantbomb (accessed 1 January 2011)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Fredrik Ekman, "The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I", Tolkien computer games (accessed 1 January 2011)
  3. José M. Fernández, "El Anillo interactivo" dated 17 January 2012, Meristation (accessed 28 December 2014)
  4. "The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I", Moby Games (accessed 1 January 2011)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Alexa Ray Corriea, "THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A HISTORY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS IN VIDEO GAMES" dated 23 September 2014, [www.polygon.com Polygon] (accessed 28 December 2014)