Shadow Of Mordor's New Expansion Is A Huge Letdown

Shadow of Mordor is one of the best games I played this year. I had high hopes for Lord of the Hunt, its first major expansion, as a result. "New monsters!" I thought. "More nemesis orcs to fight, some of whom ride on top of the new monsters! What could possibly go wrong?" So many things, apparently. » 12/17/14 12:38pm Wednesday 12:38pm

It Takes 6​ Minutes To Show Every Death In The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy

Someone has assembled this supercut of every single death shown in Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King, and suddenly it dawns on me that LotR is, in a sense, mostly a tale of genocide against orcs. Seriously, the ratio of orc to non-orc deaths here is kind of disturbing. » 12/11/14 8:40am 12/11/14 8:40am

The Funniest Tolkien Article You'll Read This Week

We all know that J.R.R. Tolkien's famous fantasy books are merely translations of an ancient text, the Red Book of Westmarch. But what would happen if someone else tried to do their own translation? Could they get sued by the Tolkien estate and win? That's what this hilarious article in the Toast unravels for you. » 12/08/14 2:40pm 12/08/14 2:40pm

The Most Accidentally Hilarious Lines From Science Fiction And Fantasy

Sometimes our favorite movies and TV shows feature some hideously ridiculous dialogue. And this nonsensical and melodramatic speech is part of why some movies are such a guilty pleasure. Here are the 10 awesomest lines of unintentionally funny dialogue from science fiction and fantasy movies and television. » 11/27/14 11:08am 11/27/14 11:08am

The Crappy Diagram That Reveals The Hobbit Trilogy's Epic Final Battle

When The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies finally comes out on December 17th, its ending will be suitably epic. In fact, the titular battle will apparently last 45 minutes, and is so huge and complicated that director Peter Jackson had to diagram it out. However, this diagram isn't quite as epic as the battle… » 10/24/14 2:20pm 10/24/14 2:20pm

These 'sexy' Lord of the Rings costume designs aren't what you'd expect

It's less than 10 days to go till Halloween, and that means there's weird, wonderful and just plain awful 'sexy' costumes out on shelves everywhere - but this trio of lovely Lord of the Rings-themed designs by MJ Alexander are for characters who don't usually get the Sexy treatment. » 10/22/14 5:07pm 10/22/14 5:07pm

Nobody Knows How To Permanently Kill Shadow of Mordor's Orcs

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. » 10/10/14 12:55pm 10/10/14 12:55pm

The Wonderfully Hideous Orcs Of Shadow Of Mordor

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. » 10/02/14 1:40pm 10/02/14 1:40pm