LOTRO: Relics from a Greater Age…

Whilst I always liked the notion of the sadness of the Elves in Tolkien’s work, I found the heartbreak felt by men at the fall of their greatest kingdom somehow more understandable, more relevant. After all, the last time I looked I wasn’t an Elf (a half-gazelle yes, but not an Elf) and I’ve grown up listening to tales of ancient, great civilisations so to read how the old Númenórean race fell, and how the two great kingdoms of Arnor & Gondor rose and slowly diminished to the point where the last true king was a mere Ranger in the wilds of Eriador always filled me with a sense of bitter-sweet wonder. To my delight the history of these Men of the West forms an integral part of LOTRO’s design and game play.

As a Man you are encouraged to visit the many ruined sites throughout Bree-land (and beyond) and reclaim your heritage by paying homage to the remnants of your forefathers. As a Scholar you are tasked with searching these sites for scraps of items left over from before the fall. In marshes, in hills, outside villages and even woven into the structure of the towns that rose up in the shadow of their crumbling walls, the relics of a greater age are all around you…

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4 comments

    1. The developers are releasing expansions slowly with a developmental arc of more than 10 years. At the moment the latest has been Moria & Lothorien with the next (due this year) covering Isengard. I’m not sure when they’ll add the Argonaths but I’m damn sure they will 😀

      Actually, I’m pretty sure I saw another version, thins time in Arnor, on a blog or in a video somewhere… Let me search…

      Here we go! Around 20s in:

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