Lord of the Rings -- not even in its cinematic, action-heavy form -- doesn't really lend itself to the power fantasy of video games. That's not stopped people from trying for years, including the latest game, the hack-n'-slash-meets-orc-dating-sim Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. But Shadow of War fails to understand Lord of the Rings in some pretty fundamental ways.
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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the latest video game set in the world of Lord of the Rings, looks like some crazy Tolkien fanfiction. Its most recent trailer went even wilder, and introduced us to, among other things, the giant spider Shelob... in the form of human woman. How? Why? The team behind the game has a reason, and it's a weird one.
The works of J.R.R. Tolkien have given us a lush, vast fantasy realm in Middle-Earth, one that's extraordinarily archived and detailed in his many writings. But a new book wants to go even further on one particularly famous aspect: Tolkien's use of botany to tell us about the flora of Middle-Earth... and how its inhabitants smoke it.
Sidekicks. Always there to lend a helping hand, or sword, or wand, as the case may be. A hero is nothing without his or her sidekick, but these companions rarely get the recognition they deserve. A few second bananas may get the spotlight on occasion -- your Robins, your Chewbaccas, your Igors -- but they all originated in comics, films, or on TV. This list is for the truly forgotten, the most overlooked of the overlooked. Here is a ranking of the top 10 best science fiction and fantasy sidekicks that originated in books.
Ohayo, my outstanding outgoing mail packages! Apologies for being late; all I can do is promise that it's another extra-long instalment, thanks to the abundance of great letters you guys keep sending me. So, this week: Some hard truths about the Avengers, some Wonder Woman plot holes filled, way more Tom Bombadil than is strictly necessary, and more!
Video: The first game in Warner Bros' latest Lord of the Rings franchise, Shadow of Mordor, tried to position itself as something that could have ostensibly happened in between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It played with, but respected, the canon of Middle-Earth. Its sequel, on the other hand, is tossing that out the window for wall-to-wall LOTR madness.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the newly unveiled video gaming sequel to Shadow of Mordor, looks like it's ramping up things up in every possible way. The last game already played fast and loose with Lord of the Rings lore, but now you're a human leading armies of orcs into an invasion of Mordor. With your own ring of power. Also, there may be dragons?
Say what you will about the Pop Vinyl toy aesthetic, there is something to be admired in Funko's ability to acquire licenses for their toys like grey goo nanomachines devouring their way across the face of the Earth. Case in point, the company announced like, a hojillion toys at the UK Toy Fair yesterday, and we want them all.
One of the many reasons why The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in both book and movie form, is so good is the characters. Each hero, villain and everything in between is simply memorable and captivating. Everyone has their favourites and if your favourite is Gandalf, this is going to knock your socks off.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, or so the idiom goes. But sometimes absolute power just makes you kind of an idiot. There are entities out there who are practically omnipotent but somehow haven't managed to find a way to use their powers for anything worthwhile. Here are 10 beings who are utterly wasting their godlike abilities.
Last week, Amazon accidentally let slip that a new bumper collection including all six extended editions of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth movies together for the very first time was on its way -- and that it apparently had a humongous price tag. We thought it couldn't possibly be true, but apparently we were wrong.
Video: I suppose for most normal people, seeing this collection of Stephen Colbert answering Lord of the Rings questions at the Late Show pre-taping is funny just because, ha ha, what a nerd, how did he ever function in society long enough to get a national late night talk show and so on. But we know better.