Getting Started: Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game (2023)

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This week we’re kicking off some semi-regular coverage of Games Workshop’s Middle Earth Strategy Battle game, starting this week with an article around how to get started with the game and continuing next week as we look at tactics and strategy. Whether you’re a veteran of the game or someone who’s seen the models but never started and is interested to know more, we’ll have something for you in this series. So please join us on this journey through the miniature battlefields of Middle Earth.

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A Short History of the Lord of the Rings game

At the end of the last century, Games Workshop was looking to licence an intellectual property for a new game, having previously licenced Star Trek, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd and Lord of the Rings in the 1980s. GW were looking at several potential properties, and went so far as to produce mock up figures for some science fiction films made in the late 70s and early 80s after the licence West End Games had for that IP lapsed.

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There was an announcement that Peter Jackson, famed director of Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles, was going to make a live action version of Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings films, which themselves were originally based on a series of books by English academic and PTSD suffering war veteran John Tolkien. In turn these books were based on Wagner’s Ring cycle and European folklore.

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This was to be a trilogy of films starring Christopher Lee, a rock musician and former special forces Nazi hunter, Liv Tyler, daughter of Rolling Stones fan Steve Tyler, a number of former child actors, and gay rights activist Ian McKellan.

Jackson’s new Lord of the Rings films was raised as a possible intellectual property for GW to licence, and a skirmish wargame set in Middle Earth was pitched to the CEO, Tom Kirby, by Rick Priestley, author of Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader (otherwise known as Warty-K). Rick’s pitch included the phrase ‘we can’t afford not to’ as he believed that Lord of the Rings had mass market appeal.

This led to the creation of a dedicated team including the Perry twins, who sculpted the initial miniature releases. The Perry twins, along with Alessio Cavatore and Brian Nelson, appeared in the Return of the King film. They also created possibly GW’s best game.

The first edition of the game was launched in 2001, and due to releasing shortly before the cinematic film did not include images of some of the models to avoid spoilers. As the Lord of the Rings films were released each year from 2001 to 2003 (having been shot in 1999-2000) new editions of the game were released each year, with new plastic kits and revisions to the rules set. Following this there was a consolidated edition, and further edition with the Mines of Moria plastic starter set (which included a plastic fellowship and cave troll), another edition for the Hobbit film and finally the current, 7th edition, which released with the Battle of Pelennor Fields box.

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A large number of new hobbyists started collecting, painting and gaming with either the boxed sets produced around the films release, or the DeAgostini part work series (which ran from 2002-2006), which was the best selling partwork in DeAgostini’s history.

With the demise of GW’s official forum in 2006, the Lord of the Rings game fans moved to a number of smaller websites specifically for Lord of the Rings, such as The Last Alliance (now gone), The One Ring, etc. This split has largely remained in place during the migration from specialist forums to Facebook, and Lord of the Rings players tend to have their own events and hobby ecosystem that does not interact with the wider 40k fandom. As a result the online community is smaller, but more welcoming and without some of the less savoury elements of the fandom. For instance for UK events they are tracked here.

This leads to a similar phenomenon as seen with narrative and specialist game players, where 40k players assume these are dead games because they don’t see people talking about them in 40k groups, when they simply have their own place online to go and their own events. We can all remember people saying Titanicus was a dead game at the same time that Reaver Titans sold out three times and had to be reprinted.

There are pockets of ME:SBG players across the world, with some countries seeing large events (Australia has a large tournament scene and produces a lot of content around it on YouTube for example) and a vibrant community. Searching Facebook for ME:SBG plus your country, or other key word searches should hook you into the community where you are. If you can’t find events, just ask in the facebook group as to whether there are events running in your country, and what format they use.


Games Workshop’s relaunch of Middle Earth: Strategy Battle Game has limited new sculpts in plastic, but has seen a number of new resin models from Forgeworld, including an entirely resin army in the Iron Hills Dwarves. The new plastics are a large step up from the older plastics as they are created with modern sculpting technology, and have mainly focused on characters (with Rohan benefiting from Theoden, Eomer and Durnhelm in plastic).

The game has seen no substantial changes to the core rules engine across the seven editions, because at it’s core it is simple to learn and play, but has the potential for great depth.

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Why you should play Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game

Do you like small, relatively balanced skirmish games in a fantasy setting? Do you like Lord of the Rings? Do you want to paint Warhammer, but smaller? Do you like a smaller but friendlier community that’s less crunchy and meta chasing? Do you like painting less miniatures than 40k? Do you like fantasy but more classic fantasy? Are you a fan of three hour + long movies that you can put on while painting your tiny people?

These are all good reasons to play.

The miniatures, though many of them are from the turn of the century, are generally good. Many were originally metal miniatures, with a number of rank and file troops available as single frame infantry. There was another wave of releases to accompany the Hobbit films, but the LOTR bubble had burst by this point and a combination of reduced enthusiasm for the films and very high prices on the hobbit range when it launched contributed to a lack of sales. The new starter set, Goblin Town, was not a success, and the initial run of starters with an exclusive additional miniature, Radaghast, did not sell out during the entire release period of the movies.

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It is likely that a significant number of releases were cancelled due to this poor performance, such as releases for the Iron Hills dwarves, which would eventually come out as resin miniatures. The initial Hobbit release wave in 2012 did have a fairly decent number of good plastics, including Hunter Orcs on foot and on Warg, but the prices were high at the time and this didn’t help sales.

This influx of modern plastics and additional sculpts boosted the range, but it was not completed and while the sixth edition of the rules was another evolution the game stayed fairly stagnant until being rebooted into seventh edition in 2018 with the release of Battle of Pelennor Fields, which saw a new rulebook bundled with a giant pile of miniatures, including the first new plastic kit in a while, Theoden, King of Rohan.

Ludonarrative Dissonance

Ludonarrative dissonance is where a games mechanics and the way that it is played contradict the lore and plot of the game. Like how super elite Space Marines got shovelled off the table in big piles before GW gave them all two wounds, or how Last of Us II is about people who think they’re good people but has puppy stabbing mechanics.

It’s where the gameplay itself goes against the stated purpose and story of the game. Kill team was meant to be a quick-playing skirmish version of 40k, but takes longer to play and is more complex than Combat Patrol, the 500-point variant of Warhammer 40k. Thus it suffers from ludonarrative dissonance.

The term was popularised in video game discussion (the example you’re most likely to find it associated with is the original Uncharted from Naughty Dog), but is worth bearing in mind when looking at games design.

What Lord of the Rings doesn’t suffer from is ludonarrative dissonance. The way heroes work in the game makes them heroic. The use of might for modifying dice rolls and calling heroic actions makes them epic and game changing, but feels right in the hands of heroes.

Force selection in the new edition is similarly effective, giving you a hero and retinue, reflecting the background in terms of how forces were organised in medieval/dark ages warfare. It ensures a reasonable number of heroes and thus that there are heroes there to do heroic things.


The latest iteration of the game is the best version.

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Starting Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game

If you want to start the game you need to work out two things. Do you want to buy the starter set (which is jammed with miniatures) or not, and do you want to play Lord of the Rings era or Hobbit era?

Your first purchase should include a rulebook, and the Pelennor fields box has that along with the start of 3 different armies, but it does bias you towards Lord of the Rings. The next purchase should be the army book for the era you want, either LOTR or the Hobbit.

If you want to be a super serious tournament player or a casual narrative player the set is solid either way, because Rohan are a tournament favourite and there are so many minis in there for a casual player to dig into.

If you are set on playing just the Hobbit era however, say Iron Hills dwarves or Azogs legion, then it is of limited use and getting a separate rulebook and the Armies of the Hobbit may be the best bet.

Should you collect a good and an evil army? Yes, would be my advice, as it means you can provide both sides in club play or at home, and if there are Good vs Evil events running that you want to go to you are covered either way.

For club play you may want to look at Battle Companies as a way of starting, where you’ll collect a small force and add to it. Running Battle Companies at your local club is a good way to end up with a crop of players to play bigger games against later, and the difference between what you need for Battle Companies games and 4-500 point games is not a big one.

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Choosing an army

Are you a super serious competitive player, or a more casual gamer? Either way just pick the faction you want to play. If you’re super serious you can fiddle and optimise, but pretty much every army has viable builds for competitive play, and those are generally themed forces with Legendary Legion rules.

If you’re an evil player you’ll have to accept that orcs are chaff and will die in large numbers, but are useful as cheap speed bumps to pin the enemy in place while your heroes, monsters, elites and stuff that doesn’t suck pick fights they can win, or a good cheap objective holders and archers. For evil you are very much about your heroes and monsters unless you are playing something like Uruk Hai or Easterlings where you have high performing rank and file troops.

If you’re a good player then depending on your faction you will have different expectations for your troops. If you are Elves or Dwarves then expecting your troops to win fights and murder things is realistic. Men tend to be a bit more squishy, and Hobbits sit at the bottom of the pile, getting murked by all and sundry (though they make up for it with huge piles of characters).

In your army selection look at what you need, and in LOTR you need three things:

  • Movement – you need to get across the board, onto objectives, and into combat. This makes having some cavalry very useful, and even armies with murderous infantry (Dead of Dunharrow, Dwarves) really benefit from some higher movement troops, while Rohan or cavalry based armies can dominate in the movement phase. Some armies have special rules that give bonuses to movement (Uruk Hai scouts with legendary legion rules getting bumped to 8” movement for example). Drums can help Evil players get this done, and are worth looking at in higher point games.
  • Might – You need heroic actions and for this you need might points, and you then need might to win key fights and punch through enemy lines. You have to take some characters, so take a look at what they give you. Named characters often have additional bonuses worth the extra points they cost. At low points cost games look at the named character versions of captains (characters 75 points and below) and see if they are worth it vs standard captains.
  • Murder – how are you going to make your opponent’s models dead? Evil armies have monsters and characters to use, Good rely a little more on their rank and file. This tends to lead to Good armies composed of human sized models and cavalry, while Evil love some monsters to squish things (trolls for example). Good armies tend to have access to some sort of elite troops (Grim Hammers, Khazad Guard, Palace Guard, Royal Guard, Citadel Guard, etc) with Fight 5 or the ability to be treated as Fight 5 if certain criteria are met, while Evil have more chaff (but a chaff orc with a bow or spear is still pretty useful). Evil players looking at cool monsters should have zero regrets, especially if they can get hero monsters like Buhrdur.

When picking your army you may focus on one or two of these (Dwarves aren’t great on movement, but have solid heroes and blender through things like Orcs) but cannot always have all three. All cavalry armies are tempting (Theoden’s Royal Guard or Elronds knight gang for example) but have a low model count and break quickly if they take casualties. If a key charge fails they can be swamped and pulled down, and shooting or stabbing horses means some very expensive models can end up walking. But they dominate in getting across the board, and can often pick their fights due to higher movement.

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You can select a force of anything, but this means not getting access to the army special rule. You can select a historically viable force, and gain an army special rule. You can also select a legendary legion from one of the supplements, which has more restrictions but more special rules, for example the pure Dunlending force from the War in Rohan book, or the Army of Gothmog from the War in Gondor book.

These supplements add some more models (fairly often the new releases for the game from Forgeworld) and different army builds with associated special rules. Want to be hated by your friends? You can combine Rohan and Woses for fast cavalry plus blowpipes in Paths of the Druadan.

This means it’s a series of trade offs. Some abilities will be gated behind certain models (Thorin, Theoden, Mauhur or Aragorn for example) in some legendary legions. All the legendary legions reflect a key idea and conflict they fought in, and are great for creating a themed force. Some models can be used in multiple legendary legions (Riders of Rohan can be included in five different legendary legions at least) and different army themes (the humble orc can be used in Angmar, Barad-Dur, Mordor, Isenguard, etc). This makes things like a box of Orcs a solid purchase for evil players. The Morannon Orcs in the Pellenor set are a Mordor specific Orc, but can be included in a Gothmogs Legion and The Black Gate Opens Legendary lists.

How big an army should I collect?

You can collect an army as large as you like, but you should aim for a minimum of 400 points. 500, 600 and 750 points seem to be the more common levels for competitive play. At 400 any heroes you have will be minor ones, and you might be packing one monster as the evil player. At 500 you’ll be including a bit more and could be throwing in a big character. At 600 and 750 you can start taking a decent amount of toys.

For a lot of armies a couple of plastic boxes and a few blisters will easily take you to 6 or 700 points, as the system is fairly cheap to get into (a command blister and a box of basic troops is almost always a good buy).

Some legendary legions peak at certain power levels. I feel Ugluk’s Scouts and Wolves of Isengard do well around the 500 point level, but when you are playing at 750 you feel the lack of access to monsters or powerful characters. Similarly legions like Gothmogs Legion or The Riders of Theoden benefit from 750 point games because they want to take a lot of pricey characters or other toys.

If you are a competitive player look at the events you want to go to and the point levels that they play at. If you have multiple list styles/legendary legions available to you (like Rohan or Isengard) then if you put a little thought into what you are collecting a larger collection can be flexed to different lists. A Rohan player would definitely want the Theoden and Gamling, and these models, coming to over 200 points on their own, can be included in several different legendary legions.

If you don’t want to do events, then you can’t go wrong buying the models you want to buy because you like them, though you could end up going some fairly out there themed lists (Ents or Eagles or Trolls being an example).

Final Thoughts

Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game is one of the best GW games, with a fleshed out miniature range and a background with a lot of fans and enthusiasts. It has welcoming online communities and an events scene across the world. It’s cheaper to get into than 40k or AoS, and is essentially a finished game (I doubt there’ll be any major releases beyond little FW extras or plastic characters unless GW do something with the Amazon series). The game is well balanced, and easy to learn.

Sounds like you should be playing it.

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Do people play Middle earth strategy battle game? ›

While some people may get into wargaming because they love the strategy and tactics–and that is absolutely here–most people get into Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game because they love Middle Earth.

What scale is middle earth strategy battle game? ›

The current Lord of the Rings range stems from Games Workshop's rights to produce a skirmish war game based on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books and films, in the 25mm miniature scale.

What can you buy after Pelennor Fields? ›

Starting Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game

Your first purchase should include a rulebook, and the Pelennor fields box has that along with the start of 3 different armies, but it does bias you towards Lord of the Rings. The next purchase should be the army book for the era you want, either LOTR or the Hobbit.

How do you play easterlings? ›

Tactics. The Easterlings fight best as a solid block, enabling them to make the most of their Phalanx special rule and the abundance of supporting attacks provided by their pikes. Be sure to anchor the flanks of your cohort with impassable terrain, to stop your pike block from becoming surrounded.

Are there any open world Middle-earth games? ›

5/12 Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014)

The open-world adventure game is one of the most famous LotR games that even those who haven't read the books or seen the movies will enjoy. It is jam-packed with exciting gameplay and offers an incredible gaming experience.

Is there a LotR strategy game? ›

J.R.R. Tolkien's legendary fantasy epic comes to life in that put you in command of the armies of Middle-earth. Embark on a real-time strategy campaign through the War in the North in The Lord of The Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II or enter Middle-earth in another Lord of the Rings game.

Is Warhammer 28mm or 32mm? ›

Is Warhammer 28mm or 32mm? According to Games Workshop, their Warhammer and Warhammer 40K range is 28mm.

What is the strongest thing in Middle-earth? ›

God is the most powerful entity in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe. The Elvish name for him is actually Eru Ilúvatar, meaning “the one, father of all.” So the question becomes: Who is the second-most powerful being? Originally, it was Melkor, “he who arises in might,” the most powerful of the Ainur (or angels).

How many Rohirrim survived Pelennor Fields? ›

The Rohirrim relief force numbered 6,000.

How many Orcs does Minas Tirith have? ›

The Siege of Minas Tirith begins when the massive army of 600,000 Orcs, Trolls, Wargs, Haradrim and Easterlings launch their assault, using siege towers and catapults.

Are the Easterlings black? ›

Evil Menedit

The Easterlings are aligned with Morgoth or Sauron with the exception of Bór's folk. They are described as being of fairly dark skin complexion, swarthy and exceedingly cruel.

What race are the Haradrim? ›

Tolkien based the Haradrim on ancient Aethiopians, people of Sub-Saharan Africa, following his philological research on the Old English word Sigelwara.

Are Easterlings from Middle-earth? ›

The Easterlings were Men who lived in the East of Middle-earth, and mostly served the Dark Powers, being thus bitter foes of the Free peoples.

Why did LOTR MMO get Cancelled? ›

Amazon Games revealed last year that its in-development MMO set in the world of The Lord of the Rings had been canceled as the team had "been unable to secure terms to proceed with the title at this time."

Will Elden ring be open-world RPG? ›

Elden Ring Perfectly Adapts FromSoftware's RPG Mechanics to an Open-World. Elden Ring answers the question, “What if Dark Souls had an open-world?” But it is also much more comprehensive than that.

Will there be a third Middle-earth game? ›

Wētā Workshop announce new Middle-earth video game – The Tolkien Society. Video game developer Private Division has announced that it is partnering with Wētā Workshop to produce a video game set in Middle-earth. It is due to be released in 2024.

What is the most strategic board game ever? ›

Chess is one of the best strategy board games to play. The object of the game is to checkmate the other player, meaning their king piece cannot avoid being attacked. Each piece on the board can only move certain ways, so you have to think a couple of moves ahead in order to form the best winning strategy.

Is Elden ring a strategy game? ›

Over on IGN, it was officially announced that Elden Ring will be receiving a two-part strategy guide book series, with the first volume covering the overworld, the various NPCs that populate the world, and the basic mechanics of Elden Ring.

Are Reaper Miniatures 28mm? ›

Reaper Minis are based on 25/28mm Heroic Scale and sized for most RPGs and Wargames.

Are D&D Minis 28mm? ›

D&D Miniatures - Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures - Undead (28mm)

Are D&D miniatures 28mm or 32mm? ›

28mm Standard - This is the standard size of all our minis. At this scale, the models should match closely Wargames and DnD sizes. Humans are about 1.5" tall at this size.

Why is Elrond so powerful? ›

Elrond's Powers and Abilities

Elrond is a very powerful Elven being, most renowned for his unrivaled healing powers. Elrond is also well-known for his great wisdom and foresight. Additionally, he has many powers that stem from Vilya, the Ring of Air, which Gil-galad gifted to him.

Who is the oldest elf in Middle-earth? ›

He was one of the wisest and most foresighted of the Elves, and by the Second Age, one of the oldest known Elves in Middle-earth, to remain so throughout that age and into the Fourth Age as well.
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What train scale is Warhammer? ›

The scale of the Warhammer has changed with the game's history. Earlier Warhammer models had been built to 28 mm scale and new models are typically around 32mm.

How tall is a 1/12 scale figure? ›

1/12th scale is roughly six inches high. These figures, featuring articulation, clothing and head sculpt options and detailed accessories, are great for space-challenged collectors. Look for Mezco's ONE:12 series, plus new series by DAM (modern military) and COO/CM Toys (ancient world).

How tall is a 1/7th scale figure? ›

Featuring an alternate embarrassed faceplate, this 1/7 scale figure measures about 9.5" tall.

Did they actually build Minas Tirith? ›

For Minas Tirith, Peter Jackson actually used the French town of Mont Saint-Michel as inspiration. Part of the Helm's Deep set was then used to built up sections of Minas Tirith, although the big aerial overview shots of Minas Tirith were filmed using a smaller replica, which was still pretty massive.

Would Gondor have helped Rohan? ›

The armies of Gondor were spread thin and thus it could not provide any extra forces to help Rohan. Large forces were not possible to gather for their own defense, so there was no way for them to send a significant number to aid Rohan.

How many Minas Tirith are there? ›

The name Minas Tirith refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Minas Tirith (disambiguation).
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Are Uruk-hai stronger than Orcs? ›

The Uruk-hai are stronger, larger, and can take the sunlight much better than the Orcs. In the Peter Jackson films, the Orcs actually conspire with Saruman at Isengard to create the Uruk-hai, as there are scenes of them overseeing the physical creation of the new soldiers.

Who had the biggest army in Lord of the Rings? ›

Rhûn's main Easterling army of 200,000 Easterlings were one of the largest armies ever gathered in the Middle-earth, and the largest army in the north-eastern parts of Middle-earth.

Why was Gondor's army so small? ›

At the time of the battle of Minas Tirith Gondor's population was in decline and they had lost significant territory compared to their height and they could no longer field the armies of old. Most of their Soldiers were deployed elsewhere (Belfelas and Dol Amroth for sure, but likely other places too).

How much would it cost to build Minas Tirith? ›

A new crowdfunding campaign seeks £1.85 billion (about $2.9 billion, AU $3.9 billion) to build a replica of the fictional city of Minas Tirith in the south of England by 2023. The ambitious project was created by a team of architects and structural engineers who also happen to be major "Lord of the Rings" fans.

What is the biggest city in Gondor? ›

The people of Gondor's capital

The population of Minas Tirith, the seat of the later Kings and Stewards of Gondor and, for much of the Third Age, the greatest city in the known regions of Middle-earth.

What was the biggest city in Middle-earth? ›

When the army of the Last Alliance arrived and later defeated Sauron the threat to the city was lifted. Thereafter, for over a thousand years, Osgiliath was the capital of Gondor, as well as its largest and most important city.

Can Halbrand be Sauron? ›

After eight episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and tirelessly poring over hints, teases, and near-literal winks to the camera, the Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings prequel has finally revealed that we were all right, and that Sauron is in fact Halbrand (Charlie Vickers).

Is Adar a Sauron? ›

Adar is an elf who was manipulated with evil magic. He served under Morgoth and claims that he killed Sauron. He does not seem to recognize Halbrand as Sauron, and yet he carries out what we can assume is his master's evil bidding by setting in motion the events that burn the Southlands and create Mordor.

Did Men stand with Morgoth? ›

The Men Who Stood with Morgoth

Morgoth spread evil among elves and men alike by poisoning them with lies and half-truths. His deceptions did more than earn him followers, though. They also ensured his influence on the world would endure even in his absence.

Is Isildur a Nazgûl? ›

As one of the nine Nazgûl, Isildur was forced to serve the Dark Lord for all time until he was defeated and freed by Talion. The ranger later claimed his ring to survive after Celebrimbor abandoned him and eventually took Isildur's place among the Nazgûl after holding back Sauron's forces for decades.

Are Nazgûl the 9 Men? ›

' " The Nazgûl (Black Speech: Ringwraiths, sometimes written Ring-wraiths), also known as the Nine Riders or Black Riders (or simply the Nine), were Sauron's "most terrible servants" in Middle-earth. They were mortal Men who had been turned into wraiths by their Nine Rings of power.

Are there any vanyar in Middle-earth? ›

Nearly all full-blooded Vanyar were content to remain in Valinor and few were ever seen in Middle-earth, as they only returned with the Host of Valinor for the War of Wrath.

What God created Middle-earth? ›

Eru is introduced in The Silmarillion as the supreme being of the universe, creator of all existence, including the world, Arda and its central continent, Middle-earth. In Tolkien's invented Elvish language Quenya, Eru means "The One", or "He that is Alone" and Ilúvatar signifies "Allfather".

Are all Tolkiens Elves white? ›

All Elves that Tolkien mentions in his writings are white, although most have dark hair. This makes sense from an external viewpoint, as they were based on Nordic and Celtic myths. It also makes sense (sort of) internally—the Elves awakened in the dark at Cuivienen and thus did not need skin pigment for protection.

Is Warhammer a strategy game? ›

Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector is a fast-paced turn-based strategy game set in the grimdark universe of the 41st Millennium. Pick your force, develop your army, field mighty heroes and fight for victory using superior strategy, awesome abilities, and devastating weaponry.

Will there be another Middle-earth game after Shadow of War? ›

Wētā Workshop announce new Middle-earth video game – The Tolkien Society. Video game developer Private Division has announced that it is partnering with Wētā Workshop to produce a video game set in Middle-earth. It is due to be released in 2024.

What type of game is LOTR BFME 2? ›

The Battle for Middle-earth II is a real-time strategy game. Similar to its predecessor, the game requires that the player build a base with structures to produce units, gather resources, research upgrades, and provide defenses. Units are used to attack the enemy and defend the player's base.

Is Middle-earth: Shadow of War AAA? ›

Subscribers can grab several notable AAA games, including Fallout 76, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and Total War: Warhammer II.

What is the easiest Warhammer game to learn? ›

The new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar has the best-ever ruleset. The game is super easy to learn, the new rulebook has a layout that makes it quicker to reference rules, and you can even download the core rules from the Warhammer Age of Sigmar website in a matter of seconds.

Is Warhammer or 40k more popular? ›

Which Warhammer is most popular? In terms of popularity, Warhammer 40k is by far and away the more popular of the two systems since there are decades of lore and gameplay to support it.

Is Warhammer good for beginners? ›

With a myriad of unique races, factions, units and playstyles, the Total War: Warhammer series represents some of the finest strategy games released in the past decade. However, everything that makes these games so incredibly fun to play is also something that makes them incredibly tricky to get into for beginners.

Is Talion a Nazgul in Lord of the Rings? ›

1. Talion becomes a Nazgul. The biggest bombshell from Shadow of War comes at the end when we learn Talion's ultimate fate: Talion becomes one of the Nazgul. After he's abandoned by Celebrimbor, Talion begins to die.

Is Aragorn related to Talion? ›

no, Talion was created in response to a lot of “What if?” dark universe questions about Lord of the Rings such as “what if Aragorn had turned half bad and used the Ring or something powerful to fight Sauron directly?”).

Is Talion canon in Lord of the Rings? ›

Talion is a vital part of the Middle-earth games, but he's not a canon character in Lord of The Rings lore, despite his fascinating backstory. Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Middle-earth games helped to take Lord of the Rings in a new direction.

Is BFME 1 or 2 better? ›

You can do a lot more on Bfme2 and there are a lot more possibilities. I always found horses to be really overpowered on Bfme1 too but maybe that was because I was a big nub when I played it. All in all, Bfme2 is a better game imo, but if you're looking to play Single player only, 100% get Bfme1.

Is LOTR inspired by ww2? ›

Thirdly, Tolkien writes that neither world war "had any influence upon either the plot [of The Lord of the Rings] or the manner of its unfolding.

Is glorfindel an noldor? ›

Glorfindel (IPA: [ɡlɔrˈfindɛl]) is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. He is a member of the Noldor, one of the three groups of the Calaquendi or High Elves.

Is Middle-earth: Shadow of War endless? ›

Right now, it ends. Without explicitly spoiling anything, Middle-earth: Shadow of War has a final chapter (Shadow Wars) that basically serves as an epilogue of sorts.

Is Gandalf in Middle-earth: Shadow of War? ›

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Mobile (2018)

With his latest appearance, Gandalf is in yet another real-time strategy game. Middle-earth: Shadow of War allows players to unlock various characters from the cast of the Lord of the Rings films including Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli, and others.

Can you play as a female in Middle-earth: Shadow of War? ›

It's not well known but Talion identifies as a woman so yes you can. You can use various skins including Eltariel but it's just cosmetic, it doesn't have any effect on the gameplay and the game still treats you as your normal self for story purposes.


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