Geplaatst: 18 mei
I walk out of Bree south gates and mount my steed. I make my way to the east, all the way through Lonely Lands, bypassing Weathertop, through the forests of Throllshaws, crossing Bruinen Ford, climbing up the hill just to walk down Pend Eregion (Sindarin for "slope of Eregion"). Then I make my way through the vast valley to Moria gates. I venture deep into the Mines and I see giant busts of ancient dwarf kings carved in stone, waterfalls running down their beards, and I marvel about generations of dwarves have put their scrupulous hardwork in it...
But, wait. It's a computer game. All that was modelled by a bunch of geeks in glasses, sitting their necks bent towards their monitors.
What is amazing about LotRO is that it feels - it IS extremely authentic. As much authentic a digital version of Middle-Earth as much authentic a world to explore and admire. Described ride would take you 30 minutes of real time if you would be running straightly from point A to point B - and did I say that every region is a huge and diverse landscape? You can actually lost in this world.
As I stand on the northern bank of Entwash, I have city of Snowbourn and huge plain landscapes of Eastern Rohan behind my back; silhouette of Edoras and enormous landscapes of Western Rohan on my right; a plain and then mountains, covered with forests, with vast landscapes of Gondor behind them - right before me, cross the river. And I can go any of this places.
Because it is the Middle-Earth.
5 years on board, 4240 hours /played.