The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II

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The Lord of the Rings
The Battle for Middle-earth II
Video game
DeveloperElectronic Arts
PublisherElectronic Arts
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Xbox 360
Release date2 March 2006
GenreReal-time strategy

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II is the second real-time strategy game by Electronic Arts, released on March 2, 2006 for both PC and Xbox 360. Unlike its predecessor, the game is set mainly in the northern regions of Middle-earth. Factions include the Elves, Dwarves, Men of the West (a combination of Gondor and Rohan), and the Goblins, along with Mordor and Isengard. The gameplay includes naval battles, larger battalions, and more traditional base building, unlike the first part. The game has a special feature where you can create your own hero. The heroes are from six categories, including wizard, dwarf or servants of Sauron. Also, there are fourteen subcategories, such as hermit, taskmaster and troll. It has an expansion set called The Rise of the Witch-king, which features Angmar as a new faction and has general gameplay improvements.


Set in the regions of northern Middle-earth, the game focuses on the events of the War in the North, which are described in the Appendices of The Return of the King. For the sake of game-play, Electronic Arts added new battles to the story, and introduced original characters to the game, such as Gorkil the Goblin King. Some characters were altered in their appearances, abilities, and roles. In addition, The Hobbit lends several elements to the game, including locations and characters such as the High Pass and mountain giants.

The story is divided into Good and Evil Campaigns. Both campaigns focus on the battles fought by the newly introduced factions: the Elves, Dwarves, and Goblins. Instead of the world-map overview of the previous game, the player goes through nine fixed missions in either easy, medium, or hard difficulty mode. Narrated cut scenes provide plot exposition between missions.

Good campaign

The Good Campaign opens as Glorfindel discovers an impending attack on Rivendell. Thanks to the early warning, Elrond's forces in Rivendell manage to repel the Goblins' attacks. Following the battle, Elrond realizes that the Elves and Dwarves must join forces to defeat Sauron. The next battle takes place in the High Pass where you create your own army to fight your way through the high pass. Near the end you will face a kraken or giant octopus-like creature which you kill with archers. This beast is a power you can use as evil. The next fight takes place within the Goblin capital of Ettenmoors, where the Goblin fortress is destroyed, and the Goblin King is killed. After their victory, the heroes are informed that the Goblins, on Sauron's command, enlisted the service of a dragon lord, who is laying waste to the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains. The heroes make their way to the Blue Mountains and help the Dwarven army defeat the dragon and his Goblins. The Grey Havens are attacked by the Corsairs of Umbar, allies of Sauron. The Dwarves eventually decide to come to the aid of the Grey Havens. With the Goblins defeated and all of Eriador pacified, the Dwarven-Elven alliance is tested by Sauron's forces. Mordor's forces besiege Esgaroth and Erebor. However, Elven reinforcements from Mirkwood led by Thranduil save the Dwarves. The heroes of the Dwarven-Elven alliance come together for a final battle in Dol Guldur. The Good forces overcome the defenses and destroy the fortress, eliminating the last threat in the game.

Evil campaign

The Evil Campaign follows an alternate version of the War in the North. Sauron sends the Mouth of Sauron and the Nazgûl to the North in order to lead the Goblin army and launch an assault on the Elven forest of Lothlórien, and another group of Goblins, led by the Goblin King, attack the Grey Havens by land and sea. The Elven port is destroyed, and the march across Eriador begins; Hobbits of the Shire are chosen as the next target. The Goblin King's horde manages to crush the Hobbits, but Wormtongue suddenly appears with a large army of Isengard Uruks, and claims the land for his master. The Goblins destroy the well-trained army and kill Wormtongue. The Goblin King besieges Fornost, where the defenders crumble under the relentless Goblin attacks, and Eriador falls under Goblin control. Sauron launches a concurrent campaign east of the Misty Mountains. The Goblins from Dol Guldur eliminate the Elves and the Ents that guard the Forest Road in Mirkwood. For the final battle against the Good factions in the North, the Goblin horde and Sauron's forces from Mordor converge at Rivendell, and completely destroy the remaining Good forces in the North.


  • Elves
  • Men of the West
  • Dwarves
  • Mordor
  • Isengard
  • Goblins


Actor Role
J. Grant Albrecht Additional voices
Robin Atkin Downes Additional voices
Dee Bradley Baker Gollum, Orcs
Greg Ellis Additional voices
Steve Blum The Mouth of Sauron
David Boat Additional voices
S. Scott Bullock Gondorian Knight
Jesse Burch Additional voices
Jason Carter Glorfindel
Dan Conroy Additional voices
Neil Dickson Additional voices
Richard Doyle Battering Ram Orc
Chris Edgerly Aragorn
Peter Emshwiller Additional voices
Crispin Freeman Legolas
David Fries Additional voices
Brian George Theoden
Kim Mai Guest Éowyn
James Horan Additional Voices
Roger Jackson Additional voices
Nick Jameson Additional Voices
Bob Joles Gimli, Treebeard
Neil Kaplan Additional voices
Darryl Kurylo Additional voices
Adam Leadbeater Additional voices
Michael Lindsay Additional voices
David Lodge Additional voices
Lewis MacLeod Dwarf sage, Hadhod
Paul Mercier Faramir
Jim Meskimen Additional voices
Lani Minella Galadriel
Mark Moseley Additional voices
Nolan North Additional voices
Mical Pedriana Additional voices
Phil Proctor Additional voices
Brianne Siddall Additional voices
Isaac C. Singleton, Jr. Lurtz
André Sogliuzzo Gorkil
Stephen Stanton Boromir
Julian Stone Additional voices
Fred Tatasciore Additional voices
Simon Templeman Additional voices
Jim Ward Additional voices
Hugo Weaving Narrator, Elrond
Joe Whyte Additional voices
Wally Wingert Dwarf Narrator, Rohan Warrior, Goblin, Elf Builder
Dave Wittenberg Gorkil, Warriors of Gondor, Orcs
Tatyana Yassukovich Arwen

External links

Licensed video games set in Middle-earth
 Melbourne House: The Hobbit (1982) · Lord of the Rings: Game One (1985) · Shadows of Mordor (1988) · War in Middle Earth (1988) · Crack of Doom Software Adventure (1989) · Riders of Rohan (1990)
 Interplay Productions: The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (PC) (1990) · The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers (1993) · The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (SNES) (1994)
 Vivendi Universal: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) · The Hobbit (2003) · War of the Ring (2003)
 Electronic Arts: The Two Towers (2002) · The Return of the King (2003) · The Third Age (2004) · The Battle for Middle-earth (2004) · Tactics (2005) · The Battle for Middle-earth II (2006) (The Rise of the Witch-king (2006)) · Conquest (2009) · Heroes of Middle-earth (2023)
 Turbine/Standing Stone Games: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (2007-) (Mines of Moria (2008) · Siege of Mirkwood (2009) · Rise of Isengard (2011) · Riders of Rohan (2012) · Helm's Deep (2013) · Mordor (2017) · Minas Morgul (2019)) · War of Three Peaks (2020) · Fate of Gundabad (2021) · Before the Shadow (2022) · Corsairs of Umbar (2023)
 Warner Bros: Aragorn's Quest (2010) · War in the North (2011) · Guardians of Middle-earth (2012) · Kingdoms of Middle-earth (2012Armies of The Third Age (2013) · Shadow of Mordor (2014) · Shadow of War (2017) · Rise to War (2021)
 Glu Games: Middle-Earth Defense (2010)
 Traveller's Tales: Lego The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game (2012) · Lego The Hobbit (2014)
 Daedalic Entertainment: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (2023)
 North Beach Games: The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (2023)