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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (1990 video game)

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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, MS-DOS, Commodore 64
Release date1990
GenreAdventure, RPG

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 movie for cut-scenes.

It was writen by Scott Bennie and Mark Whittlesey, with music by Charles Deenen.



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.

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.

Playable Characters


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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.

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 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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