While the primary focus of The Lord of the Rings books and film was on the members and adventures of the Fellowship of the Ring, that was only one small piece of the massive story that J.R.R. Tolkien dreamed up but only hinted at. And while those glory-hungry hobbits were busy smoking their shire weed, and the adults were off donning their fancy armor hanging out with trees, another war was being fought in the north of Middle Earth against an equally powerful foe that had all the evil of Mordor, just sans Sauron.
In the game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, you are part of a poor-man’s fellowship of just three: A human ranger, a dwarf and an elf. Playing either alone or as part of a co-op effort, you control one of the three as you traverse familiar locations and interact with characters and locations from movie. As you pass through the world that you know, you then head to places mentioned only in the books, before arriving in areas only hinted at in the original material. There you fight your own…(wait for it)…War in the North!
The recently released trailer intercuts game footage with scenes from the films in order to give you a sense of where and how the game’s story fits with the established flow of events in Middle Earth.
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North hits theaters—er…sorry—hits the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 1, 2011.