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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (1990 video game)

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The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I
Video game
DeveloperInterplay Productions (MS-DOS), Chaos Studios (Amiga)
PublisherElectronic Arts (UK), Interplay Productions (rest of the world)
PlatformAmiga, Commodore 64, MS-DOS
Release date1990
GenreAdventure, RPG
The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I is a video game developed by Interplay Productions, written by Scott Bennie and Mark Whittlesey and with music by Charles Deenen.[1][2][3][4] It uses material from Ralph Bakshi's 1978 movie for cut-scenes and was later followed up with the sequel The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers.[1]



The player starts as Frodo Baggins and can obtain the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring (except Boromir)as they progress through the main story. You can also play many side quests.[1]

The player can switch between characters to decide who leads the Fellowship, equip other party members with a range of weapons and armour, distribute skills among the group, cast spells, and perform various skill-based actions. The game-world is large and a player can return to previous parts of the world and then discover new places, characters, quests and objects in the older parts. There is also a day/night system, in the night there is a greater chance of an encounter with a Nazgûl whilst some enemies are stronger than during the day.[1]

Playable Characters


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The game opens with some cut scenes from Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings. The player starts as Frodo Baggins in Hobbiton and must first travel to Buckland before crossing the Old Forest and the Barrow-downs. In the Barrow-downs the player must escape the Barrow-wights with the help of Tom Bombadil whilst at Rivendell you must collect the pieces of Andúril, which can be found in the surrounding lands.[1]

After the player escapes the darkness of Moria they must search the gifts from Galadriel. When Frodo Baggins is captured in Dol Guldur the remaining members of the Fellowship must then free Frodo with help from Radagast the Brown and the Elves of Lórien before the Witch-king arrives and brings the Ring-bearer to Mordor and the fate of Middle-earth is lost.[1]

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I at Tolkien Games (retrieved 1 January 2011)
  2. Meristation, El Anillo interactivo p. 7 (retrieved 1 January 2011)
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I at Giantbomb (retrieved 1 January 2011)
  4. The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I at Moby Games (retrieved 1 January 2011)