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

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The Lord of the Rings
The Battle for Middle-earth II
The Rise of the Witch-king
Video game
DeveloperElectronic Arts
PublisherElectronic Arts
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Xbox 360
Release dateNovember 28, 2006
GenreReal-time strategy

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king is a real-time strategy computer game published by Electronic Arts. It is the expansion pack to The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II, from the same company. It was announced during The San Diego Comic-Con of 2006.


The Campaign is set in Angmar, where the Witch-King must unite the Black Númenóreans and the Trolls in order to create a massive army to fight against Arnor. After the fortress of Carn Dum is constructed, the Witch-King conquers Rhudaur and Cardolan. Meanwhile, Glorfindel attacks Carn Dum, and the forces of Angmar are weakened. After several years, the force of Angmar prepares for a last attack: the siege of Fornost. However, Prince Eärnur of Gondor, Glorfindel and Elrond make a final attack in Angmar, slaying all the Witch King's servants. While semi accurate or even impeccably accurate the publishers did take some liberties especially in the names of characters that do not exist or that were never given a name.[1]

Differences from The Battle for Middle-earth II

There are several improvements. The main improvement is the new faction, Angmar. Other improvements to the game include the new Olog-Hai class of custom hero, improvements to the existing factions, and new hero units. The three sub-classes of Olog-Hai are the Great Troll, the Troll in the previous game, the Snow Troll, and the Hill Troll. The Good and Evil campaigns have been replaced with the single Angmar campaign. There have also been numerous improvements to the War of the Ring and Skirmish battles. The hero units belong to all of the previous factions only. The hero units are listed as such: Zealots (Dwarves), Knights of Dol Amroth (Men), Noldor Warriors (Elves), Black Orcs (Mordor), Uruk Death Bringers (Isengard), and Fire Drake Broods (Goblins). The hero units have a limit of only one to three allowed, depending on which type. Like the heroes, the hero units learn skills at certain levels, although not as many. They can heal like heroes, but if a single member dies, it will not respawn unless you either produce a new one or use the Heal power.

Additional voice cast

Role Actor
Arveleg Cam Clarke
Carthean/Karsh Jason Connery
Azog Rob Dean
Dáin Ironfoot Bob Joles
Morgomir Keith Ferguson
Hwaldar Lloyd Sherr


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)