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Over two thousand years ago, the Dark Lord Sauron forged the One Ring to control the other rings of power given to the races of Middle Earth. Sauron was defeated in battle by the human king Isildur, who refused to destroy the ring and took it for himself. Eventually the ring ended up in the hands of Frodo Baggins, a young hobbit from the Shire. Frodo eventually learns that the only way to destroy the ring is to throw it into the lava river of Mount Doom, where it was forged. Thus begins a long and perilous journey, during which the fate of Middle Earth will be decided.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings follows the quest of Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring from Hobbiton to Mount Doom. It is based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, but is largely influenced by the movies directed by Peter Jackson. The looks of the character and the presentation of the story are directly taken from the three movies: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. This instalment in the Lego universe games includes spoken dialogues within its humorous narrative.

Instead of a hub like in many Lego games, the core of the game is the actual map of Middle Earth, where the player's party, varying through the game, travels from town to town and region to region to explore, fight enemies, solve puzzles and find treasures. Through the main story, the player will have to play through story levels, in which each character's specific abilities and equipment are used to reach the end of the level. Once completed, each level can be replayed in Free Mode to find more treasures and find objects necessary to complete some quests (given by NPC's in the World Map) by using unlocked characters. A lot of treasures are Mythril blocks, which are used to craft tools that can be used by any character on the world map. This prevents the need for constantly switching between characters. Solving some puzzles will also unlock characters to acquire, quest-giving NPCs, and red blocks that will make some "extras" available.


LEGO The Lord of the Rings Windows There are a lot of collectible items many of which alter gameplay
LEGO The Lord of the Rings PlayStation 3 Sauron's army is reading to attack the castle
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Windows Faramir is trying to shoot the Nazgul, and all Gollum can think of is fish?..
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Windows Lego Gollum appears in a cutscene. Note the humorous details that were certainly not present in the movies

Alternate Titles

  • "LEGO Le Seigneur des Anneaux" -- French title
  • "LEGO In de Ban van de Ring" -- Dutch title
  • "LEGO Il Signore degli Anelli" -- Italian title
  • "LEGO Der Herr der Ringe" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 3 Nov 20, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Nov 22, 2012 84 out of 100 84
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Nov 26, 2012 82 out of 100 82
Gameblog.fr PlayStation 3 Nov 27, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 05, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Jeuxvideo.fr Xbox 360 Nov 26, 2012 8 out of 10 80
God is a Geek Xbox 360 Nov 27, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Toronto Sun Xbox 360 Dec 19, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.it PlayStation 3 Dec 07, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Jan 01, 2014 C 50


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