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Many years ago, the dark lord Sauron forged the One Ring to control the races of the Middle Earth. He was defeated by the human prince Isildur, who took the ring to himself. But such was the evil power of the ring that it brought misfortune to whoever dared to bear it, corrupting their souls. Eventually, the ring ended up by Frodo Baggins, a peaceful hobbit who was unaware of his possession's true nature. Realizing that the only way to be free of the ring's power would be to destroy it, the wizard Gandalf tells Frodo to carry it to Sauron's land, Mordor, and throw it into the lava rivers of the Orodruin volcano, thus saving Middle Earth from destruction.

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I is a fantasy role-playing game based on The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of the Lord of the Rings book trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The events of the game follow those depicted in the book rather closely, though a few characters and occurrences are not present, and many quests have been added. Characters belonging to various races and nations join Frodo on his quest; these include key figures from the book as well as several characters unique to the game.

The game is rather open-ended, allowing the player to roam vast top-down environments and undertake side missions in addition to the main storyline, which must be followed in order to complete the game. Combat takes place in the same area as exploration, and is turn-based. The player has full control over the actions of the characters in the party. These characters can also be swapped, equipped with weapons and armor, and use various skills (individual and shared), such as sneaking, perception (to find hidden items), unique "words of power", and others.

Unlike the vast majority of role-playing games, there are no experience points or character levels in the game. Player-controlled party becomes stronger by obtaining better equipment and items, learning new abilities, and recruiting stronger characters that would help the weak hobbits to survive encounters with Nazguls and other dangerous creatures. There are optional ways to access major locations, and much of the combat in the game can be avoided.

The CD version of the game features cutscenes taken from the animated Lord of the Rings movie by Ralph Bakshi. The original floppy release often required the players to read story-related text from the manual; the CD version inserts this text into the game itself at the appropriate places. It also adds an automapping feature to the game.


J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I DOS Checking Boromir's equipment as we approach a lonely Gandalf staring at the mountain slope...
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I DOS After a few rough meetings, we make it to Rivendell. Recruiting Legolas!..
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I DOS Introductory history - The Ring! (Floppy version)
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I DOS Automap (CD version). Incredibly helpful. I can't imagine playing the floppy version that lacks it

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Alternate Titles

  • "El SeƱor de los Anillos, Volumen Uno" -- Spanish title

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User Reviews

One game to find them, and to lack of levels bind them Oleg Roschin (181674) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
This game introduced me to the book! Lev Epshteyn (11) unrated

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Feb, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Tilt Mar, 1991 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1994 62 out of 100 62
Retro Archives Nov 28, 2017 12 out of 20 60
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1993 52 out of 100 52
Score Jul, 1994 50 out of 100 50
Power Play Mar, 1991 46 out of 100 46
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 1991 Unscored Unscored


Topic # Posts Last Post
C64 release 1 Edwin Drost (1704)
May 11, 2017
Has anyone played this? 4 Oleg Roschin (181674)
Oct 20, 2011


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