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