The Lord of the Rings Online
- The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar - Volume I
- The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria - Volume II
- The Lord of the Rings Online: Allies of the King - Book I of Volume III
Sierra began to devolope the game in 1998, then called Middle-earth Online. After Sierra was bought out by Vivendi Universal Games, production of the game was shared with Turbine. The rights to the game were sold exclusively to Turbine in March 2004 when they announced that the name of the game name would be changed to The Lord of the Rings Online.
While the majority of quests in the game are original content created by Turbine based on the history and lore of Middle-earth, the quests flagged as "Epic" quests depict specific events and scenes from the Lord of the Rings storyline. While conducting Epic Quests, players interact with the main characters from the books, and assist in the advancing of the story toward the War of the Ring and the destruction of the One Ring.
The game also attempts to mimic The Lord of the Rings by being broken down in volumes, books and chapters. The original game is called Volume I and the current expansion is Volume II. Each one of the epic quests are broken down by "Books" and "Chapters".
Turbine has gone to great lengths to faithfully recreate the fantasy world created by J.R.R. Tolkien with a high degree of attention to detail. Essentially every character named in the books appear in the game and can be interacted with during quests and other activities.
For The Lord of the Rings Online, Turbine has licensed the rights to the content and lore of The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. Turbine does not have license rights to the New Line Cinema film trilogy nor The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The History of Middle-earth books or The Children of Húrin.
Comparison with Published Works
The Lord of the Rings Online does not follow the story as told in The Lord of the Rings, but rather tells stories about events that happened during the same time period as the events told in J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy.
There are a number of elements that do not appear in any of the published works. This includes characters, lineages, objects and locations.
- Amarthiel served for the Witch-king of Angmar during his first reign over Angmar and wore the lesser ring Narchuil. She was slain by Narmeleth at the Battle of Fornost and her soul wandered Middle-earth for over a thousand years. She managed to possess Narmeleth and disguises herself as Sara Oakheart. She eventually revealed herself after the defeat of Mordirith by Golodir and becomes the Regent of Angmar.
- Mordirith was the Steward of Angmar.
- Narmeleth was an elf maiden of Rivendell and daughter of Laerdan. She slayed Amarthiel during the Battle of Fornost and became possessed by her soul over a thousand years later.
- Skorgrím was a dwarf and leader of the Dourhands he was slain during the Battle of Edhelion. His corpse was used as a vehicle by Ivar the Bloodhand who possessed it with a fell spirit to trick the Dourhands to ally themselves with the forces of Angmar.
- The Dourhands was a clan of dwarves aligned with the forces of Angmar. They were the dwarves that stayed behind to rebuild the Dwarven Halls in the Blue Mountains which were destroyed during the War of Wrath.
- Agamaur was a vast swamp north of the East-West Road not far from the Last Bridge. It was a site of a major battle between Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur. To the west is the ruins of Haragmar, a fortress of Arnor. To the east lies the ruins of Garth Agarwen, a fortress of Rhudaur.
The Lord of the Rings Online has been received very positively thus far, as reviews continue to appear since the game's initial release.
GameDaily awarded the game 9/10, praising its rich, fantasy-themed universe, well-integrated trait and title system, and a story that remains true to the works of Tolkien. Yahoo! Video Games wrote a review with few negative mentions, awarding the game a score of 4/5, while Computer and Video Games called the game an essential purchase for Lord of the Rings fans, scoring the game a 9.2/10. Eurogamer scored the game a 9.0/10, calling it tough to resist. Gamespy gave it 4.5/5 stars, claiming the game "opened up Middle-Earth to the masses" but commented negatively on its weak PvP content, while GameTrailers awarded it 8.5/10, citing its interesting tweaks to the MMO genre. IGN.com ranked it a similar 8.6/10, praising it for its solid experience, though criticizing it for its lack of major improvements to the genre. GamerNode.com awarded the game an 8.8/10, calling it the best MMO launch experience since Ultima Online. The New York Times called the game "a major achievement of interactive storytelling, the first game truly worthy of the ‘Lord of the Rings' franchise and a must-play for just about anyone with an interest in Tolkien or the future of online entertainment." In a GameSpot review, the product was awarded an 8.3/10, praising its appealing polish and intriguing Monster Play feature. Gamepro.com's review gave it an overall 4.25/5, pointing out how engaging the epic quests are, as well as how faithful to the novels the game managed to stay. GameSpy declared The Lord of the Rings Online 'Game of the Month' for May 2007.
In August 2007, Codemasters announced that The Lord of the Rings Online had received five Golden Joystick Awards nominations for the five applicable categories for the game, and in October 2007 that it had won the "PC Game of the Year" at these awards. and again won the same award on October 2008. In December 2007, GameSpy awarded The Lord of the Rings Online 6th place in the top 10 PC games of 2007. On December 18, Turbine announced it had also won the GameSpy MMO of the Year award. In January 2009, mmorpg.com awarded Turbine both MMORPG studio of the year 2008, and MMO Expansion of the Year for Mines of Moria.
- ↑ In the game the Witch-king reigned over Angmar again shortly before the War of the Ring.
- ↑ Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, The - Review metacritic.com
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Review Yahoo! Games
- ↑ PC Review: Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Computer and Video Games
- ↑ Review - Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Eurogamer
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Review GameSpy
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Game Trailers
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Review IGN
- ↑ Lord of the Rings Online GamerNode
- ↑ Lord of the Rings Online Press Release Lord of the Rings Online
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar for PC Review GameSpot
- ↑ Review: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar for PC Gamepro
- ↑ Game of the Month: May 2007 GameSpy
- ↑ Music and vice top games awards BBC News
- ↑ Gears Wins Big at Game Awards Next-Generation
- ↑ GameSpy's Game of the Year 2007 GameSpy
- ↑ LOTRO Wins Top Honors from Gamespy! Lord of the Rings Online
- ↑ MMORPG.com Best MMO Studo of 2008 mmorpg.com
- ↑ MMORPG.com Best Expansion of 2008 mmorpg.com
- LOTRO website, the offical website of The Lord of the Rings Online.
- Lotro-Wiki, a fan created wiki for The Lord of the Rings Online.
|The Lord of the Rings Online|
|Games titles||Shadows of Angmar · Mines of Moria · Siege of Mirkwood · Rise of Isengard · Riders of Rohan · Helm's Deep|
|Storyline||Volume I: Shadows of Angmar · Volume II: Mines of Moria · Volume III: Allies of the King · Volume IV: The Strength of Sauron · In Their Absence|
|Soundtrack||Shadows of Angmar · Mines of Moria|
|Pack titles||Adventure Pack · Loot Bag|
|Mines of Moria Minigames||King Under the Mountain · Swig and Toss · Eleventy-Seven Morsels|
|Elements||Books · Characters · Locations · Ships · Structures|
|Kinships · Middle-earth Online|