The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age

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The Lord Of the Rings: The Third Age
Video game
DeveloperEA Redwood Shores
PublisherEA Games
PlatformPlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance
Release dateNA:2 November, 2004
EU: 12 November, 2004

The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is a 2004 role-playing game (RPG) by EA for Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Game Boy Advance. It was the first of Electronic Arts' spin-off games, followed by the more popular The Battle for Middle-earth series. It is a role-playing turn-based game; the characters can swap clothes, weapons, armors which they collect after fights or find in chests throughout their journey.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Though the Fellowship of Gandalf and that of Berethor will rarely meet, they will live rather similar events, as the fellowship of Gandalf. They will go to Rivendell, Lothlórien, Osgiliath, Minas Tirith and Moria, among others.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Berethor, Captain of the Citadel Guard of Gondor, travels to Rivendell to find Boromir. On his way to Rivendell, he is attacked by a group of Ringwraiths and almost killed, but is rescued by a female elf named Idrial, a servant of Galadriel. They share a vision of Gandalf, who tells them that Boromir is traveling with the Fellowship, and that they are headed in the direction of Moria. On Berethor's way to Moria, he meets with Elegost, a Ranger. Following that, they meet the Dwarf Hadhod. After Boromir's death, the group is charged with helping what is left of the Fellowship to save the world of men in Middle-earth.

In another change to the plotline, they help Gandalf to slay the Balrog at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm. They continue through the land of Rohan, meeting along the way Morwen, a lady of Rohan who has lost her family to Saruman's attacks, and Éaoden, a member of Théoden's Royal Guard. They arrive at Helm's Deep and aid Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli to fight off the Uruk-hai as they storm the fortress. After this they journey to Osgiliath, and with the help of Faramir, defeat Gothmog. They eventually fight in Minas Tirith and finally help Éowyn defeat the Witch-king on the Pelennor Fields.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Screenshot from the GameCube version.
  • Eregion: The first location the company visits. It is the land next to Rivendell] on the way to the Misty Mountains. Some important sites to visit are the Elven outpost, the Elven sanctuary, and the Moria Western Gate.
  • Western Moria: The group travels through the halls of Moria, intent on reaching Balin's Tomb, to meet up with the Fellowship.
  • Eastern Moria: The group finds and escapes Balin's Tomb. They make for the Bridge of Khazad-dûm to escape, killing nine Trolls of Moria. The area is left after defeating the Balrog (with Gandalf's help).
  • Eastemnet Gullies: The group breaks upon this natural maze of rock and are assisted by Aranel, an archer from Lothlorien. They proceed to find scattered Elf Scouts, who guard the borders of Rohan. The final battle is fought against a band of Uruk-hai Scouts who have captured a Rider of Rohan.
  • Plains of Rohan: The challenges in this vast plain primarily involve finding Rohan Soldiers. Near the beginning, the player meets Morwen, a warrior searching for her family. Once the soldiers are gathered, they travel to the village of Snowbourne, which is besieged by Uruk-hai and Dunlending Wildmen. The party activates switches to open the gates. They find Gríma Wormtongue and do battle against him and his two Uruk Bodyguards. After traveling through a series of caves they find Morwen's family dead as well as the final party member, a Rohan Outrider named Éaoden. The "boss" is Sharku, commander of Isengard's Warg Riders.
  • Helm's Deep: The area begins with the party talking to various members of the Fellowship. Once night falls, a series of lengthy battles begin with Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn, battling Uruks that are invading the keep. They do such things as help Legolas keep the wall free of Uruks, help Gimli defend the breach in the wall, and help Aragorn hold the main gate. The exit battle is fought against trolls and Uruk Berserkers. Once left, the area can't be restored to the daytime version.
  • Osgiliath: The area begins with you fighting a series of set battles culminating with you fighting Gothmog, Orc commander, for the first time (with Faramir by your side). Then you set about helping out Faramir's Rangers who are ill equipped at this sort of fighting, You soon meet Gothmog again but Faramir is still by your side. Soon after this Idrial is kidnapped and dropped on an island in the middle of the Osgiliath river. The next part of the game shows Idrial fighting by herself and the other five fighting their way through the sewers to save her. In the end only Berethor can reach Idrial in time and they both fight the Witch-king, who has made a timely arrival to kill Idrial. During fighting, Berethor discovers he cannot hurt the Witch-king, as he still has a piece of Morgul Blade stuck inside him. After (painfully) removing it, the pair defeat the Witch-king and escape the city on a commandeered Orc landing raft.
  • Minas Tirith: The party has finally reached the City of Kings, and just in time to fight the city's invaders. The party has to fight its way up the city levels to the Throne Room at the top, to recover the Banner of Elendil, to restore the morale of the defenders. Upon reaching the top level, the party witnesses Denethor (flaming) run screaming off the parapet. They then must fight the Witch-king again, with Gandalf's aid, to gain entry to the Throne Room. Inside the Throne Room, they fight a series of small battles with Orcs and Easterlings and finally retrieve the Banner, just in time for the Rohirrim to arrive on the Pelennor Fields, to save the day.
  • Pelennor Fields: This area sees you fighting a new tougher type of orc and coming face to face with multiple mûmakil (at one point you have to face two at the same time). You aid Éowyn in fighting the dismounted Witch-king, and kill him. You also aid Aragorn fight off the remaining eight Nazgûl, with the help of the Army of the Dead. The final battle is even more non-canon than the rest: somehow the party has gotten to the top of Barad-dûr and must square off with the Eye of Sauron itself.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Play on the side of light or shadow. In an adventure that intersects the main plot points of the film trilogy, battle on the side of the Fellowship in their quest to save Middle-earth or unlock the evil missions where you fight on the side of Sauron.
  • Deep gameplay that expands all three films. Travel to familiar and unfamiliar places such as the Mines of Moria, Helm’s Deep, Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith, and a host of unexpected locations like the White Mountains Plains.
  • Customize your hero or villain: Upgrade your character with an in-depth skill tree system where you can acquire unique skills in melee combat, ranged weaponry, defense, and magic.
  • Discover a vast array of weapons, armor and clothing, and other Middle-earth items.
  • Free-roaming gameplay. Explore, take on side quests, and uncover secret characters to join your party, or special weapons and items to boost your existing characters.
  • Fight alongside or against key characters from The Lord of the Rings such as Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Éowyn, and the Balrog.
  • New user-controlled cameras keep players aware of everything around them.
  • Voiceover from the original actors and assets from all three The Lord of the Rings films.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actors were not credited by role, and most of the actors listed under "movie talent" (thus, actors from the movies) did not add original material.However,thre are some new actors who are credited for their role in the video game.

Actor Role
Ian McKellen Gandalf (voice) / Narattor
Christopher Lee Saruman (voice)
Chris Edgerly Elegost (voice) / Aragorn (voice}
Lewis MacLeod Hadhod (voice) / Sharku (voice)
Charles Martinet Eaoden (voice) / Gimli (voice)
Rhys Lloyd Berethor (voice) / Aranel (voice) / Gamling (voice)
Lori Phylips Idrial (voice) / Morwen (voice)

External links[edit | edit source]

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)
 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)
The Lord of the Rings film series
Source material: The Hobbit · The Lord of the Rings
Films The Fellowship of the Ring (extended editionThe Two Towers (extended edition) · The Return of the King (extended edition)
Music The Fellowship of the Ring (The Complete Recordings) · The Two Towers (The Complete Recordings) · The Return of the King (The Complete Recordings) · "May It Be" · "Gollum's Song" · "Into the West"
Tie-in books Official Movie Guide · The Making of the Movie Trilogy · Complete Visual Companion · Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic · There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale · Weapons and Warfare · The Art of The Lord of the Rings · Sketchbook
The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion · The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers Visual Companion · Photo Guide · The Art of The Two Towers
The Return of the King Visual Companion · The Art of The Return of the King
Video games The Two Towers · The Return of the King · The Third Age · Tactics · Conquest · Aragorn's Quest · Lego The Lord of the Rings
Characters Frodo · Bilbo · Gandalf · Sam · Merry · Pippin · Gandalf · Aragorn · Boromir · Legolas · Gimli · Elrond · Galadriel · Théoden · Éomer · Éowyn · Saruman · Sauron · Witch-king · Denethor · Faramir · Gollum · Gríma · Treebeard · Celeborn · Haldir · Lurtz · Sharku · Grishnákh