Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Middle-Earth Network Interview with Mark Ordesky

The Middle-Earth Network sat down in an online video-interview with Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Mark Ordesky. Here Mark tells his fascinating tale of his youth leading up to the career he has now as Producer.

 And as a side note, if you haven't already, visit Middle-Earth Network and The Lonely Mountain Band for all things relating to Tolkien's Middle-Earth.


Hammerfall-The Dragon Lies Bleeding

LOTRO Community Update December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

“Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold. 

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.  

For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.  

On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.  

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.  

Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.  

The pines were roaring on the height,
The wind was moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.  

The bells were ringing in the dale
And men looked up with faces pale;
The dragon's ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.  

The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled their hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.  

Far over the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away, ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

LOTRO: Update 9 Introduces Hobbit Themed Three Man Instances

The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan, Update 9, will introduce three man instances through The Hobbit-inspired locales of Middle-Earth.

The adventure begins as players meet up with Gandalf at The Prancing Pony in Bree where he'll explain of the enemy of the past might join Mordor. It is here that players embark they're journey through three man quests of The Hobbit filled landscapes to fulfill tasks.

For more check out Massively

Sunday, December 9, 2012

EXCLUSIVE - The Magic Making of Middle-earth

The Elven Chronicles of Middle-Earth - The meeting with Dwalin

Prelude: Part 2

In this tale, some years after the war with the Dourhands and their devious schemes, Elrond senses something amiss and suspects the Dourhands are up to no good, again.

Drythril is then instructed to talk with Elladan and Dorallas about the looming evil that has once again threatened Edhelion. Upon further investigation Elrond's suspicions are once again correct - the threat is real. Drythril must confront Dwalin of the dwarves with this matter.

The Elven Chronicles of Middle-Earth - The Prelude

Prelude: Part 1

The Elven Chronicles of Middle-Earth is a daily journal of Lord of the Rings Online through the eyes of an Elf named Drythril. He’s currently a level 18 Minstrel who is enjoying the festivities of the Fall Festival which is underway as of this time. His journey through Middle-Earth leads him from Celondim, in Ered Luin, to the Inn of the Prancing Pony, in Bree, where he must speak with Aragorn of the resurrection of Skorgrim Dourhand. But before we delve into that tale, let us start from the beginning.


After traveling from Rivendell to Edhelion to learn the wisdom of Lord Elrond in Ered Luin, I came upon the dwelling place of Elves that was once filled with peace and harmony, and the oneness with nature. Elrond began to tell me of war looming from the north: Thorin’s Halls, the dwelling place of the dwarfs. It was speculated that they’ll attack to steal the artifacts and relics stored up at Edhelion.

The Elven Chronicles of Middle-Earth Promo

The Hobbit - Production Diaries 8

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Scheduled Maintenance: Monday, October 8th

The LOTRO Game Servers and will be offline for maintenance on Monday, October 8th from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT). The forums and wikis will remain up, but players may not be able to log in. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you back in the game soon!

Cast of The Hobbit interviewed by Entertainment Weekly Comic Con

Entertainment Weekly at Comic Con 2012 sat down with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), Gollum (Andy Serkis), Peter Jackson, and Philippa Boyens to discuss the experiences of entering Middle-Earth once again; what it's like working with new crew members; and how the writers will essentially split Tolkien's book, The Hobbit, into multiple parts.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th, 2012

The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Bridge of Khazad Dum

This scene where the Fellowship must cross the bridge of Khazad Dum to escape the Misty Mountains from the attacking goblins was, in and of itself, a powerful theatrical scene in which we lose Gandalf the Grey. It is even more powerful seeing the same scene but in a LIVE performance. 

I'll be honest, I just about lost it at the 6:23 mark. It is that good!

Lord of the Rings - Lament for Gandalf

Pippin's Song: Edge of the Night

Annie Lennox "Into The West"

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What This World Needs Now Is More Middle-Earth!

"The world has changed. I feel it in the water, I feel it into the earth, I smell it in the air. Much of once was is lost. For none now live to remember it"

The Lord of the Rings couldn't of come at a better time. Nerds from all over the world joyously celebrated the release of the big screen adaptation to the all time greatest fantasy stories humanity has ever seen in celluloid form. While some, who were coping with the loss of loved one's, eagerly escaped, if not temporarily, the tragedy that changed the world forever.

Everyone remembers that time. Sadness, grief, anger. The future looked bleak, at best, and the only thing hitting the airwaves on both radio and television was the tragedy of the World Trade Center. The beacon for the world was at a loss. Where do we go from here?

Friday, October 5, 2012

LOTRO Store Sales 10/5-11


Click here for the LOTRO Store Coupon Guide

Expansion Quests
Choose a LOTRO Expansion Quest from the LOTRO Store and continue the journey to defeat the endless evil that runs rampant through Middle-earth!

Moria: Over 350 quests, seven full fellowship instances (Dark Delvings, Fil Gashan, Skûmfil, The Sixteenth Hall, The Forges of Khazad-dûm, The Grand Stair, and The Forgotten Treasury), and two 12-person raids (Dâr Narbugud and The Vile Maw) for levels 51 – 60

Mirkwood: Over 150 quests, 3 three-person instances (Dungeons of Dol Guldur, Sword-hall of Dol Guldur, Warg-pens of Dol Guldur), one full fellowship instance (Sammath Gûl), and one 12-person raid (Barad Guldur) for levels 61 – 65

Isengard: Over 375 quests and over 40 deeds for levels 66-75
Accounts → Quests & Content → Expansions
+20% Monster and Quest XP (3 hrs)
Get more for your monsters with a 20% bonus to experience earned from killing monsters and completing quests! This effect will last for 3 hours. Single and 5-stacks available.
Buffs & Boosts → Advancement → XP
Enhanced XP Supply
Increase your enhanced experience supply and battle on! Enhanced XP Supply is displayed as a blue section of your experience bar, and does not have a time-limit. Even stacks with other XP Boosts. Single and 10-stacks available.
Buffs & Boosts → Advancement → XP
Derudh's Stone
Get more credit for your kills! Use this permanent pocket item to grant your character a +25% bonus experience towards monster kills when equipped. This item binds to your character when equipped. Note: Players who purchased the Rise of Isengard Pre-Order automatically receive this item on all characters, and should not buy it.
Buffs & Boosts → Advancement → XP
Up To Level 65
Task: Reset Daily Count
Get back to work! Return your daily task count to 0, allowing you to complete your full daily complement of tasks again! Purchasing this item will create an item in your inventory, which you will have to use to reset your daily tasks.
Character → Tasks

Increase Task Limit
Expand your horizons! Permanently increase the number of tasks that you can complete in any given day by one. You can never move beyond a maximum of fifteen tasks daily. 5 increases available for sale in the LOTRO Store!
Character → Tasks

The Hobbit Extended Edition DVD Announced!

Warner Brothers, celebrating they're 90th Anniversary, disclosed surprising information of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition DVD and Blu-Ray already ear-marked for Q4 of 2013.

Undoubtedly, the studio exec's at Warner are brimming with excitement, along side Tolkien fans, about the movie expectantly being HUGELY! successful.

December can't come soon enough!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

[*UPDATE*] Riders of Rohan Soundtrack Revealed via Facebook

[UPDATE] Lord of the Rings Online is currently looking into distribution methods to get the official Riders of  Rohan soundtrack to the masses. In the meantime, plan on giving away signed copies in the future?
"We're working on distribution methods and we'll keep you informed of when and how you can purchase it. In the meantime we intend to give some of these away... just as soon as we get Chance himself to sign them for you guys."

So, keep your eyes peeled over at the official Lord of the Rings Online facebook page for upcoming details. 

“Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon,
East of the Sun.” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Lore-master Mounted Combat Demonstation

PineleafNeedles, best known for his detailed guides for Casual Stroll to Mordor, released a demonstration video of Lore-Master Mounted Combat. How will this new ability change the way we play Lord of the Rings Online? Learn more by clicking the video below. 

LOTRO Community Update October 2, 2012

"LOTRO Legacy" by Chance Thomas

Riders of Rohan Soundtrack Revealed via Facebook

It's official! The Lord of the Rings Online soundtrack from Warner Bros./Turbine has been revealed to the masses that, at first site, has brought players to their knees in excitement via Facebook.

The original soundtrack was full of beauty and wonder that matched perfectly what Tolkien and Peter Jackson created in their respective works of The Lord of the Rings. 

Now that we've seen it's real, when can we get a copy?! As of this writing, there is no word - yet - as to when we can get our little Hobbit hands on this precious gem. Pun TOTALLY intended.
Hopefully soon!

Who Is J.R.R Tolkien? (Documentary)

Who is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, and why is he such an influence in today's media? One word - imagination.

The Contract of Bilbo Baggins - Replica Revealed

Weta Workshop has outdone themselves, yet again, with the release of The Contract of Bilbo Baggins - prop replica from the soon to be released theatrical adaptation of The Hobbit.