by: Uhyeok Bang on September 5
“In the land of the Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom the Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret a Master ring to control all others. And into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. One Ring to rule them all.“ With this line starts the famous interpretation of the even more famous novel The Lord of the Rings. The nominee for six academy awards, The Lord of the Rings movies introduce us to the intricate world of Middle Earth, its history and its people.
The One Ring, an artifact that carries all the might of the Dark Lord Sauron himself, lures people and controls their minds to get back to his master. However, the ring was found by a little hobbit, Bilbo, and was later recognized by a wizard, Gandalf the Grey. As the film goes on, the Fellowship of the Ring forms to destroy the Ring in the flaming magma of Mount Doom. Here begins the battle over the mighty ring. The film illustrates with a fancy style furious battles with great armies, people’s struggles over their identities (Boromir, who wanted the Ring for the glory of the Gondor, and Gollum, who was so obsessed with the ring that he lost self-identity), beautiful landscapes of Middle Earth and the culture of its people who occupy the land. However, the film lacks the participation of the viewers, as it shows the imaginations and understandings of the director based on the novel, and doesn’t provide a place for our own fantasies.
The LOTRO game has good graphics and a beautiful game space too. The storyline also remains almost the same as in the film, however, the crucial difference between the film and the game is that the LOTRO game is based on our thoughts and actions, and serves only as an environment where we put our own ways and create our own stories. The simple process of creating a character gives a great pleasure, as you create your own self; you can be a strong but short dwarf, a beautiful elf with long ears, or a representative of other races. When you have created your own self, you can travel along the same road like the main heroes of the novel did, completing entertaining quests, interacting with NPCs and players, and even creating your own fellowships (or kinships).
Both the LOTR movie and the LOTRO game have their own characteristics that make each of them special. In the 20th Century people enjoyed reading the masterpiece of one of the genius minds of that time, J. R. R. Tolkien, but for us, who live in the 21st Century, watching the movie and playing the game may be one of the best options available to enjoy the great story and to satisfy your fantasy.