Lego Lord of the Rings features 85 playable characters

Traveller's Tales' adaptation of Tolkien's fantasy tome to include a number of characters not seen in Peter Jackson's movies.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings fantasy series is known for its numerous characters, and developer Traveller's Tales is keeping true to that spirit with its new game based on the franchise, Lego: Lord of the Rings. According to a report at The Verge, Lego Lord of the Rings will feature 85 playable characters, including some who have never appeared in Peter Jackson's film adaptations. These characters were not named.

Will Tom Bombadil finally get his chance to shine?

Due out October 30, Lego Lord of the Rings will be based on Jackson's Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy and will follow the storylines of each film, using dialogue from the movies. Unlike the Lego Harry Potter franchise, which was split over two games, the entire Lord of the Rings saga will be told in one entry.

The game follows Frodo Baggins and the unlikely fellowship that sets out from Rivendell on a dangerous journey to destroy The One Ring and bring peace to Middle-earth. Throughout Lego Lord of the Rings, players will enter the Mines of Moria, climb the Misty Mountains, and battle orcs, uruk-hai, and the nasty balrog.

In keeping with the staples of the Lego franchise, Lego Lord of the Rings will be peppered with lighthearted interpretations of the source material, with gamers tasked with solving puzzles along the way. Character players featured in the game include Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Sam, Merry, and Pippin.

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66 comments
Blizzard993
Blizzard993

Lego Gandal!!! One does not simply hate lego Gandalf! 

Lytmare
Lytmare

I wish the Lego games weren't so damn fun! Over twenty years old and a HUGE fan of the Star Wars Lego games. 

This looks so great!

JamesHarden98
JamesHarden98

I dont even think I can name 85 characters...Treebeard would be awesome

MagicQuinn
MagicQuinn

Can it please be online co-op!!! please!!!!!!!

jb1000
jb1000

that looks cool cant wait

berserker66666
berserker66666

"including some who have never appeared in Peter Jackson's film adaptations"....I'm hoping there's Dovakin (Dragonborn) in the game. Fuh Ro Dah Anyone?

tgwolf
tgwolf

I won't be satisfied until I am eating 3 square Lego meals a day and driving a Lego car out of my Lego garage. I'm going to vote for Lego when it runs for President, as it is guaranteed to do a better job than the current <reference to male incumbent>.

bmart970
bmart970

I hope it's good and the voice acting isn't too prominent. 

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Sounds great - wife and kids can't wait for this one :)

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

I can't wait to play as Gantard: Gandalf's other, less mentally fit cousin.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Does anyone know if this will be open world on 3ds like the console versions or are they going to strip it down like they did with Lego Batman 2 on 3ds and Vita?

SolidTy
SolidTy

I remember when Lego LOTR was just a joke I would casually throw around in forums. Now, it's we got 85 characters to look forward too. :P

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

Tom Bombadil and his lady. Fatty Bolger. Glorfindel. The Prince of Dol Amroth. Beregond the guard.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

I hope this game is really good

i want it for my 3ds

 

i wish the lego games would just go ahead and add a 2nd peripheral control

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

Sigh, another one for my pile of 'to be played' games...along with Lego Batman 2 (still haven't started that one), Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs, AC3, Forza Horizon, Okami HD...

Too many games, too little time!

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Just ensure the Vita version is based on the PS3 code and you'll have a sale here fellas.

surferosh
surferosh

i am sorry to say but the guy who was playing that demo surely was below his best performance... 

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Does this mean a LEGO version of Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords? :D

 

Sorry, but LOTR + Flight of the Conchords fans would get that (bad) joke. :P

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

This might just be the best LOTR game this gen. Not saying much considering how much of a bomb Conquest was, but still... this game looks good. 

xcollector
xcollector

Be prepared to unlock characters via DLC.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

After having my son, I realized out of 53 xbox games, the "lego" series is the ONLY game i have that i feel okay playing in front of him(he's now 3). It's funny how i never realized how most of my games are questionable/violent before i had a kid. :)

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And like anyone else on here says, on paper these games look horrible, but in fact are fun and simple games that are great to play with people of all abilities. I just wish people didn't hate "casual" games so much, they can be a lot of fun.. but it seems the "h@rdcor35" don't care for fun, only challenge.

mwmike11
mwmike11

I would only assume that LEGO The Hobbit being it's separate game, now that there are 3 movies.

archvile_78
archvile_78

but will there be a miniaturised playable balrog? :P

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I am always up for another Lego game. Somehow they are playable. Even that doesn't seem that it would be.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Righteous! Lego gets better and better all the time!

dragonps
dragonps

You know as much as I want to hate the Lego games I end up playing them with a friend and I love them. They are the kind of games that on paper suck but when you play they are awesome

MrWhalo
MrWhalo

I hope Tom Bombadil is playable, and has spoken lines.

tgwolf
tgwolf

 @bmart970 Oh, and, **SPOILER!** instead of Gandalf giving Pippin his hat and so on, he just shoves Pip into the well in Moria.

tgwolf
tgwolf

 @bmart970 From what I have seen it is basically a game with quotes direct from the films at given cues, though the action (THANKFULLY!!!) isn't an exact revisiting of the film sequences. Looks pretty well done and it is hilarious to see the action and still hear the original voices. 

deskp
deskp

 @ToxicOriginal I'm guessing lego batman 3 for spring 2013, and the hobbit for summer 2014.     if they keep doing 2 a year, theres a slot empty for fall 2013. 

 

I can't see a lego shrek game happening.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

 @JangoF-76 I know that feeling all too well although this game won't affect me - it's the wife and kids that play the Lego games :)

eddienoteddy
eddienoteddy

 @MrWhalo Who would provide the voice-work? (not saying I don't like the idea, because I totally do. I'm just curious)

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

 @deskp Vita got gimped on Lego Batman 2 and 3ds has the power of a gamecube...the question is whether the developer will take the low road or high.

Lytmare
Lytmare

 @ToxicOriginal No Lego Shrek! I'm a huge Shrek fan, but I really don't think I could play that. No good reason... just think it's a bad idea! 

Lego Marvel could be interesting. If done properly.

MrWhalo
MrWhalo

 @eddienoteddy That's a good question. Do you have any ideas? I just hope they would find someone that could eloquently portray a spry, rhythmic voice, obviously. I guess TT probably wouldn't take the time to do that though. Haha.

deskp
deskp

 @The_Dragon_Born  they got a seperate team working on the handheld versions. so its proapbly not as easy as porting the game to 3ds.  its a shame the vita game is following the 3ds tho.... Not that I really care. Console or pc is the way to play these games In my opinion.  I enjoy good graphics!

eddienoteddy
eddienoteddy

 @MrWhalo Nope. No idea! I am supposed to meet with a Lego representative about the game next month. I'll definitely ask!