Intense Cinema | Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014)

  • Directors: Christian Cantamessa, Neil Huxley
  • Directors: Liam O'Brien, Nathan Hendrickson
  • Director: Matthew Allen
  • Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Armand Constantine
  • Writers: Christian Cantamessa, Jeff Harkavy
  • Writers: Denise Harkavy, John Gonzalez
  • Publisher: Gamers Little Playground
  • Runtime: 02:30:43
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  • "Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor" takes place in the 60-year gap between the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings." The family of Talion, a ranger of Gondor responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Mordor, is killed by Saurons armies, but Talion is revived with wraith-like abilities and heads into Mordor to exact his revenge.

    Talion, a ranger captain, serves within a Gondorian garrison stationed at the Black Gate of Mordor. The garrison is attacked by Sauron's Orc forces led by three Black Númenórean captains; the Hammer of Sauron (John DiMaggio), the Tower of Sauron (J. B. Blanc), and their leader, the Black Hand of Sauron (Nolan North). Talion, his wife Ioreth (Laura Bailey), and his adult son, Dirhael, are captured and ritually sacrificed by the Black Hand in an attempt to summon the wraith of the Elf Lord Celebrimbor. However, Celebrimbor (who suffers from amnesia due to his centuries as a wraith) instead merges with Talion, preventing him from dying alongside his family. Talion and Celebrimbor then depart to both uncover Celebrimbor's identity - increasing his/their power - and avenge the death of Talion's family.

    Over the course of their travels, Talion and Celebrimbor encounter Gollum multiple times, who is wandering Mordor in search of his "Precious". Gollum possesses the ability to see and speak with Celebrimbor due to his prior contact with the One Ring, and pledges to serve the "Bright Master". Hoping that Celebrimbor might lead him to the One Ring, Gollum leads Celebrimbor to relics of his past, each of which restore parts of his lost memories. Celebrimbor gradually recalls how Sauron, disguised as Annatar, the Lord of Gifts, deceived him into forging the Rings of Power. Celebrimbor ultimately assisted Sauron in forging the One Ring, but was able to steal it from him. Celebrimbor proclaimed himself the Bright Lord of Mordor and raised an army of Orcs against Sauron. However, the Ring ultimately betrayed Celebrimbor and returned to Sauron. Sauron then punished Celebrimbor by executing his wife and daughter and, finally, by killing him with his own smithing hammer. ...

    Did You Know? Talion will make a remark about Torvin being a wanderer, to which Celebrimbor will respond "Not all those who wander are lost" which is a line from the poem All that is gold does not glitter, written by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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