Because Middle-Earth can be a confusing, perilous place, Reddit user mbingcrosby created this Google Maps-style guide to the journey from Hobbiton to Mordor. As you can see, it's expected to take six months ("four months without Orcs"), and be ready, because "this route has trolls."
We know the story of Lord of the Rings as it occurred from the Hobbits' perspective (guy receives some disappointing heirloom jewelry, decides to melt it down). But what would the story look like from the Orcs' point-of-view? Gather 'round, friends, and hear the tale of Gandalf the Betrayer.
Ever since Shadow of Mordor came out, many gamers have taken to its unique brand of orc-killing with a gusto. There's just one problem: some of these orcs keep coming back from the dead. And while developer Monolith says this is partly an intentional feature, they haven't given me a straight answer for how it works.
It's so easy to resort to lazy and hurtful stereotypes whenever we talk about orcs. If nothing else, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor shows us how disrespectful this is. These monsters may be hideous, but they're also individuals with hopes and dreams—unique and precious like snowflakes. Let's celebrate them as such.
The everyday life of orcs in Mordor is tough. Any given day they end up with a knife slicing their stomach, an arrow piercing their jugular, or their head severed by who knows what. This short film tells the story of an Orc in one of those complicated days.
Seriously — just stare at this painting, called "Battle at Monghadi," for a moment, and notice the head of the awesome beast leaping out of the fire with the archer on its back. And tell me you don't hear some serious metal guitar playing in your head.
Vin Diesel is diving back into science fiction movies with a vengeance — with a strange new feature called Soldiers of the Sun. Which is apparently about Orcs that live in Earth, in the future. Ooook.
So you're an orc living out your days in Mordor, minding your own business except when the occasional tasty trespasser wanders near your campsite. Then you start hearing rumors about nasty ring-addicted hobbits, powerful wizards, and violent elves preparing to invade your land. What can you do but join up with the…
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