lord of the rings

The New Hobbit Trailer Is One Hell Of A Nostalgia Trip

Here is the trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, complete with a throwback to one of the best moments in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King — Pippin’s song. CHILLS.


Andy Serkis Unleashes His Inner Gollum On Conan O'Brien

The master of motion capture, Andy Serkis was the guest of Conan O’Brien last night and he did a little improvisation using the two characters he’s most known for: Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar.


The Hero Of Shadow Of Mordor Is Quite The Badass

Here he is, slaughtering orcs left and right in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’s CG trailer. It looks like Talion will become quite infamous among the Uruk ranks for his deeds during (or before) the game’s events, turning into a legend of sorts.


Meet The Shadow Of Mordor Enemy I Couldn't Kill

No two players’ experience will be the same in the upcoming Lord of the Rings game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. In a recent preview, I explained how that is and how the Nemesis system fits into that. If you missed it, you can use the Nemesis system to target various warchiefs and have their bodyguards turn against them, thereby shifting the power struggle in a way that’s more advantageous to you. Commanding the bodyguard to do so successfully will leave that entire army at your disposal. It’s how you will eventually take on Sauron with any hope to live to tell the tale.


Lord Of The Rings Game Arrives In October

The next Lord of the Rings game, Shadows of Mordor, is out on 7 October 2014, and there’s a brand new angst-ridden trailer for you to watch. While many previous LOTR games have stuck closely to the source material (or at least Peter Jackson’s interpretation thereof), Shadow of Mordor tells a brand new story set between the events of The Hobbit and the main trilogy.


Middle Earth Is Being Recreated On A 1:1 Scale

We’ve talked about the Outerra engine a few times here on Kotaku, and every time we do someone invariably asks “but what is this actually for“? Well, here’s one application: it’s great for making a 1:1 recreation of Middle Earth.


Eight Minutes Of Orc Assassination In The Newest LOTR Game

If you woke up craving new footage from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the newest game in Tolkien’s iconic fantasy world, then you crave weird things. But also, you’re in luck: via GameSpot, here’s eight new minutes of footage from Shadow of Mordor, filled with orc-stomping and orc-slashing and orc-murdering.


The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Review

On Tuesday night I caught an advance screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug which opens in Australia on Boxing Day. Read on for the definitive Kotaku review! (If you’re wondering what this has to do with video games, just look at any one of the roughly 26,000 fantasy RPGs in existence and quit yer belly-aching.)


YOU SHALL NOT PASS, Shouts Modern Gandalf At A...Tram

It’s a line that for gags is fast getting tired, but the joke here isn’t Gandalf stopping the tram. It’s what happens next.


Epic LEGO Lord Of The Rings Diorama Took 200,000 Bricks To Build

Alice Finch, who built the world’s biggest LEGO Hogwarts earlier this year, has teamed up with another builder, David Frank, to recreate The Lord Of The Rings’ Rivendell. Using around 200,000 bricks.