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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a role-playing video game developed by Snowblind Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It is based on the events taking place in northern Middle-earth, in the background of the plot of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, more specifically, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films. Players take control of a hero of the war, and are able to play through the game alone or cooperatively with up to two other players.

The Mac OS X version was developed and published by Feral Interactive and released on September 18th 2013.[1]

The game features stronger graphic violence than previous Lord of the Rings games, and is the first of such games to receive an ESRB rating of M.


Fighting an Orc in War in the North.

Players have customizable characters, upgradeable skills, and engage in dialogue.

Farin, a dwarf champion, has a crossbow. Eradan, a human ranger, wields a bow, and Andriel, an elf lore-master, can cast ranged spells at enemies. All characters have light and heavy attacks, and can roll, block and counter enemy attacks. Players can also issue orders to their AI companions if they are playing solo. There are hubs in the game which functioning as resting points for the party where they accept new quests, speak with people, or obtain new supplies. Hubs are towns or villages.

Each class also has a unique ability. The dwarf, for example, can mine for gems which can be used for crafting purposes, and he can also smash walls down where hidden treasure can be found. The game also features unlockable difficulty modes such as a nightmare difficulty. You can replay through the game and keep all your equipment and skills from the previous playthrough. The dialogue will normally present a few choices where the player can get just the facts, delve deeper into the lore or get optional side quests. The gameplay also relies upon the player working with friends (or with AI companions) to use tactics to defeat certain enemies.



Many locations that are not featured in the movies are in the game. Confirmed locations include the Ettenmoors,

Orcs shooting arrows at Farin

Fornost, Mirkwood and Mount Gundabad. Locations from the movies also appear in the game. Players can explore Bree and Rivendell and interact with the characters there which include Gandalf, Elrond, Frodo, Bilbo, Legolas, Arwen and Aragorn. Characters from the books can also be encountered to appear in the game, such as the Ranger Halbarad, Radagast, and Elrond's sons Elrohir and Elladan.


The War in The North features three playable protagonists. Each character has different classes from one another, but each character's class is adaptable. You gain experience when killing enemies, and when you get enough experience, you gain a new level. You can then improve your stats (strength, will, stamina, dexterity), and use skill points to receive or upgrade special abilities. For example, Eradan is a Ranger and thus excels with the bow and sword but lacks the strength of Farin. He can be leveled up however to be an expert with two-handed weapons, dual wielding, weapons and shields (tank), or the bow. Farin is an expert with melee weapons but can use ranged weapons and can be leveled up to use such. He can also be leveled up to be the tank or the damage dealer of the party. Andriel is a mage, but she can wield two swords at once and level up in melee attacks, supportive magic or offensive magic.

He is the most adaptable playable character and is adept at using any weapon. He can use a two-handed sword, dual-wield weapons, or use a bow, shield, and sword. Eradan also has many stealth abilities allowing to sneak up on enemies.
  • Andriel, from Rivendell, is of the Elven Loremaster class, and has been taught by Elrond. She uses magic as her defense and offense but can dual-wield a one-handed weapon, such as her staff. Her abilities include offensive spells and supportive spells, but she also has melee abilities and can be leveled up to be a battlemage if the player wishes. She also has the ability to create potions from alchemy ingredients found by the player.

Farin swinging his axe

  • Farin is of the Champion class; he hails from Erebor. He can use a crossbow to simply attack foes from afar, but out of all three characters, Farin is the most skilled at melee weapons, and has many powerful abilities for attack multiple enemies at once. With his ability "War-Cry," he can boost and revive himself and his companions, while damaging enemies. He can also mine for gems.


Playable characters

Non-playable characters



Organizations and titles



Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Here van die Ringe: Oorlog in die Noorde
Albanian Zoti I unazave: Lufta në veri
Amharic የቃሮቹ ጌታ: በሰሜን ውስጥ ጦርነት
Arabic سيد الخواتم: الحرب في الشمال
Armenian Օղակների Տերը. Հյուսիսում պատերազմը
Azerbaijani Üzüklərin Rəbbi: Şimali Müharibə
Belarusian Cyrillic Уладар кольцаў: Вайна на Поўначы
Bengali রিং লর্ড: উত্তর যুদ্ধ
Bosnian Gospodar Prstenova: Rat na sjeveru
Bulgarian Cyrillic Властелинът на пръстените: Войната на север
Cambodian ព្រះអម្ចាស់នៃចិញ្ចៀនអាពាហ៍ពិពាហ៍: សង្គ្រាមនៅខាងជើង
Catalan El Senyor dels Anells: Guerra al Nord
Chinese 指环王:北方的战争
Corsican U Signore di I Anelli: Guerra in u Nordu
Croatian Gospodar prstenova: Rat na sjeveru
Czech Pán prstenů: Válka na severu
Danish Ringenes Herre: Krigen I Norden
Dutch De Heer der Ringen: De Oorlog in de Noord
Estonian Sõrmuste isand: sõda põhjas
Filipino Ang Panginoon ng Singsing: Digmaan sa Hilaga
Finnish Taru sormusten herrasta: Sota pohjoisessa
French Le Seigneur des anneaux: La Guerre du Nord
Galician O Señor dos Aneis: Guerra no Norte
Georgian ბეჭდების მბრძანებელი: ომი ჩრდილოეთით
German Der Herr der Ringe: Der Krieg im Norden
Greek Ο Άρχοντας των Δαχτυλιδιών: Ο Πόλεμος στο Βορρά
Gujarati ધી રિંગ્સ ભગવાન: ઉત્તર બાજુનું યુદ્ધ
Hebrew שר הטבעות: המלחמה בצפון
Hindi द रिंग्स ऑफ द रिंग्स: वॉर इन द नॉर्थ
Hungarian A Gyűrűk Ura: Észak-háború
Icelandic Ringar Drottins: Stríð í norðri
Indonesian Tuan dari Cincin: Perang di Utara
Irish Gaelic An Tiarna na bhFáinní: Cogadh sa Tuaisceart
Italian Il Signore degli Anelli: La Guerra del Nord
Japanese リングの主:北の戦争
Kannada ಲಾರ್ಡ್ ಆಫ್ ದಿ ರಿಂಗ್ಸ್: ಉತ್ತರದಲ್ಲಿ ಯುದ್ಧ
Kazakh Cyrillic Сақиналардың иесі: Солтүстік соғысы
Korean 반지의 제왕: 북쪽에서의 전쟁
Kurdish Begê Gustîlan: Şerê li Bakurê (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Тегеректердин чексиз: Түндүк-жылы согуш
Laotian ພຣະຜູ້ເປັນເຈົ້າຂອງແຫວນໄດ້: ສົງຄາມໃນພາກເຫນືອ
Latvian Gredzenu pavēlnieks: karš ziemeļos
Lithuanian Žiedų valdovas: karas šiaurėje
Macedonian Cyrillic Господарот на прстените: Војна на север
Malagasy Ny Tompon 'ny Peratra: Ady amin'ny Avaratra
Malay Tuhan Cincin: Perang di Utara
Maltese Il-ħakkiem ta ' l-anelli: gwerra fit-tramuntana
Marathi रिंग प्रभु: उत्तर युद्धात
Mongolian Cyrillic Бөгжний Эзэн: Умард хэсэгт болсон дайн
Nepalese अंगूठियहरुको प्रभु: उत्तर मा युद्ध
Norwegian Ringenes Herre: Krigen I Norden
Persian ارباب حلقه‌ها: جنگ در شمال
Polish Władca Pierścieni: Wojna na Północy
Portuguese O Senhor dos Anéis: A Guerra no Norte
Punjabi ਰਿੰਗ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ: ਉੱਤਰ ਵਿਚ ਜੰਗ
Romanian Stăpânul Inelelor: Războiul din Nord
Russian Властелин колец: Война на севере
Samoan Le Alii o le Mama: Taua I le itu I Matu
Scottish Gaelic Tha a Tighearna nam Fàinnean: Cogadh ann a Thuath
Serbian Господар Прстенова: Рат на северу (Cyrillic) Gospodar Prstenova: Rat na severe (Latin)
Sindhi زنگن جو خداوند: اتر ۾ جنگ
Sinhalese ද රින්ග්ස් සමිඳාණන්: උතුරේ යුද්ධය
Slovak Pán prsteňov: Vojna na severe
Slovenian Gospodar prstanov: Vojna na severu
Spanish El Señor de los Anillos: La Guerra en el Norte
Swedish Ringenes Herre: Krig I Norr
Tajik Cyrillic Парвардигори зиреҳҳои: Ҷанги дар шимол
Tamil லோட் ஒவ் த ரிங்க்ஸ்: வடக்கில் போர்
Telugu ది లార్డ్ ఆఫ్ ది రింగ్స్: వార్ ఇన్ ది నార్త్
Thai ลอร์ดออฟเดอะริ: สงครามในภาคเหนือ
Turkish Yüzüklerin Efendisi: Kuzey Savaşı
Ukrainian Cyrillic Володар кілець: війна на півночі
Uzbek Йüзüклерин Эфендиси: Чимолда уруш (Cyrillic) Yüzüklerin Efendisi: Shimolda urush (Latin)
Vietnamese Chúa tể của những chiếc nhẫn: Chiến tranh ở miền Bắc
Welsh Arglwydd y modrwyau: rhyfel yn y Gogledd
Yiddish די האר פון די רינגס: מלחמה אין די צפֿון

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