Set between the events of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor looks more promising with each reveal. Released earlier today is a brand new trailer which shows more of the game’s backstory, and if you’re a Tolkien fan, you’re in for a huge treat.
If you’re confused about the goings on in the trailer, self-proclaimed “Tolkien nerd” and YouTube commenter Sensations2011Great explains it better than I ever could:
“The name of the person who created the Rings of Power is Celebrimbor. He was an elf smith who was tricked by Sauron into forging them. He forged the 7 dwarvish rings, the nine rings for men, but in secret and without Sauron knowing, he forged the 3 elvish rings. Ironically at the same time Sauron was also forging the One. When Sauron found out he was enraged because the three elvish rings were the only ones that he couldnt control because he didnt know about them. Thats why he was always after the elves because he was trying to get at the rings. Celebrimbor named the rings Vilya, Narya, and Nenya. Nenya is the one that Galadriel shows to Frodo in the movies. Sauron then revealed who he really was (he was in disguise basically the whole time) and the elves and Sauron went to war. Celebrimbor was tortured to reveal where the 3 elvish rings were kept, but he wouldnt spill the beans. He died because of being tortured.”
With October being such a popular month for releases, we have even more good news as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will release on North American home consoles September 30th instead of October 7th, and October 3rd in Europe. PC and Steam versions will release on October 2nd.
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