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Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria takes Tolkien’s world into the 4th age

It’s time to delve back into the depth of the Dwarven kingdom of Moria, in Free Range Games’ survival/crafting take on the Lord of the Rings epic.

And they call it a mine! A mine!

What’s one of the most notable and standout scenes in the original Lord of the Rings? And I mean book or film. I’d wager that, for a good chunk of the fanbase, it’d be the scenes in Moria. A Dwarf kingdom that, by the time of the LotR trilogy, had fallen into enemy hands, Moria was once a glorious place. You can gather that much from just how Gimli reacts to it.

But while even passing fans are pretty well versed in that, have you ever wondered what happened to it afterwards? Well, that very question is the central premise of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria.

Now, if you don’t know what that it, don’t feel bad. Though the game was announced at this past E3, there wasn’t much made of it, and you really had to be paying attention to the event to catch it. And honestly, even if you did, there wasn’t all that much to see.

Get ready though, because developer Free Range Games finally has a bit more to show off as goes the new title. That includes some screens, and a pretty lengthy chat about the game via YouTube’s Nerd of the Rings channel.

Check out both below:

The story of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria takes players beyond the books and into the Fourth Age of Middle-earth, the fantastical world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Summoned to the Misty Mountains by Lord Gimli Lockbearer, players take control of a company of Dwarves tasked to reclaim the lost spoils from the Dwarven homeland of Moria—known as Khazad-dûm or Dwarrowdelf—in the depths below their very feet. Their quest will require fortitude, delving deep into the Mines of Moria to recover its treasures. Players will join forces to survive, craft, build and explore the iconic, sprawling mines. Courageous expeditioners will need to be vigilant as mysterious dangers await.

North Beach Games press release

Is Return to Moria the first Lord of the Rings adaptation to attempt a sequel to the classic saga in any way? If it is, then it’s got quite a bit to do to to maintain the lore and world that Professor Tolkien created. To that end, both the publisher and development team say they are dedicated to getting even the “small” details right, and that they want to provide an “authentic experience” for fans.

There’s no release date yet for this one, but cross your fingers. Return to Moria has a ton of potential and could be a real gem for Rings-fans.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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