The Untold Story Of The Lord Of The Rings: War In The North

While the Fellowship of the Ring is slowly realizing that everything would have gone much smoother had Gandalf called the eagles in the first place, a great evil stirs in Middle Earth's Northern Reaches.

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While I appreciate the attempt to inform players of the story behind Snowblind Studios' The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, I find myself not particularly caring why there's a human, an elf, and a dwarf fighting so far off the Hobbit-beaten paths. I just want another action role-playing game from the studio behind Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath. The heroic three could be attempting to rescue the mystical Waffles of Gondor from Middle Earth's first Wal-Mart for all I care. Gimme!

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is due out next year for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

DISCUSSION

I don't know enough about the Lord of the Rings to be credible while saying this, but:

The only reason the Eagles were able to get Frodo and Sam away from the mountain was because Mordor's army was busy fighting outside the Black Gate.

On top of that, the Eagles were only able to defeat the Fell beasts because they didn't have Mordor's army to support them.

It was effectively a flank and pincer movement, one that would not have been possible without the fellowship having fought at the Battle of Helm's Deep and Pelennor Fields to unite men against Mordor and Isengard.

If Gandalf had requisitioned the Eagle's assistance early on, it would have attracted too much attention from the Nazgul, and with the Witch King's leadership buff, Frodo would have been killed way before they'd even reached the Dead Swamp.

TL;DR:

People don't understand the Lord of the Rings and act like there's a giant plot hole when there isn't.