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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a video game based on events set during the timeline of The Lord of the Rings.


The game is based solely on J.R.R. Tolkien's book trilogy. It focuses on Gollum, covering his activities from the finding of the One Ring[2] to the time-frame of the early chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring.[3] Gollum's persona is split between his Gollum self (vicious, villainous) and Sméagol (social, cautious).[3]

Various characters are encountered, including some unique to the game itself.[4]


The game revolves around stealth. Player choice factors into the game, in a system based on choosing between the "Smeagol decision" and the "Gollum decision."[2] The former tends to be more honorable, while the latter is "darker."[3]

Gollum is able to climb walls and attack enemies from above, but is poorly suited for direct combat.[4]


The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is the first game produced under a deal struck by Daedalic Entertainment and Middle-earth Enterprises. Daedalic was able to secure the deal as, according to Daedalic, "it was clear that the Tolkien Estate looked for a company that was capable of doing something which is more story-orientated than some of the other products that came out over the last years."[2]

On January 6, 2020, senior producer Kai Fiebig revealed that Gollum's character design will not resemble that from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.[5] Gollum was chosen to be the team's own interpretation of the character. Gollum is voiced by Wayne Forester.[3]

Art director Mathias Fischer has noted that the story will include a number of the "less cool", or less popular, Nazgûl.[5]

On May 4, 2020, it was reported that the game will be released for Xbox Series X, PC, and PS5. A number of in-game screenshots were revealed.[6]

Passing its original September 2nd release date, the company said that it was delayed "for a few months", and was ultimately rescheduled for May 25, 2023.


(From the end credits of the game)

Role Actor
Gollum/Sméagol Wayne Forestor
Gandalf Andres Williams
Mell Jessica Ellerby
Candle Man Dickon Tyrrell
Sauron Greg Jones
Thranduil Tim Bentinck
Ileth Domenica Warburton
Zanah Shala Nyx
Frail Man Alex Jordan
Grashneg Dan Mersh
Laleth Natalie Winter
Lammon Joseph Capp
Beastmaster Alex Jordan
Mouth of Sauron Rich Keeble
Cruel Orc Andrew James Spooner
Gwendil Neil Roberts
Neldis Hazel Ellerby
Orcs Greg Jones, Rich Keeble, Joseph Capp, Toby Longworth, Rob Rackstraw, Dean Williamson, Dario Coates, Thomas Nelstrop, Tim Bentinck, Neil Roberts, Joshua Wichard, Andrew James Spooner, Alex Jordan
Elves Natalie Beran, Joshua Wichard, Alex Jordan, Shala Nyx, Dario Coates, Thomas Nelstrop, Rosalind Lailey

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