Using the Lord Of The Rings movie license, The Battle for Middle-earth is a Real-Time Strategy game based upon both the renown literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Players are given control of enormous armies in the many of the epic battles depicted in the film. From waging all-out combat among the vast forces of good and evil to controlling your favorite heroes and characters to managing the troops.

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About Return of Shadow with 2 comments by Radspakr on Apr 26th, 2015

Access Beta Program

In the past I had a program called the Access Beta which was a closed beta available to selected members. The program fell into disuse after a while but now that I'm back with a new site and forum I'm bringing it back.
The Access Beta is an invitational beta that allows early access to future releases including some stuff that is still in development like future factions like Erebor and Strongholds.
Members of the program play, discuss and test the beta to find any bugs I miss and fix them before the public beta.

You can sign up for the Access Beta Program over on the forums.

Videos and Livestreams

I've been testing out some capture software and I'm looking to start posting videos again very soon.
These videos will be gameplay footage, map showcases and teasers.
I'm also looking into doing some livestreams in the future, maybe showcasing future stuff.


Over on the forums I've been at work setting up the new Faction subforums so that you can get information and discussion on the factions for Return of Shadow.
Erebor has an updated Tech Tree.

Work continues on both the new version of Beta 0.21 and version 0.22.
More news on that sometime soon.

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Return of Shadow Beta 0.2 - Torrent Version
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Return of Shadow Beta 0.2 - Torrent Version

May 5, 2015 Return of Shadow Demo 2 comments

A torrent version of the mod for those with unstable internet. This version has a slightly different installation method (no segmented 7z files).

Installer/Uninstaller combo
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Installer/Uninstaller combo

Feb 5, 2015 Return of Shadow Installer Tool 2 comments

Uninstalls the old files. Installs Beta 0.2. Simply drop in the folder you extracted to and run.

Return of Shadow Beta 0.2
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Return of Shadow Beta 0.2

Feb 4, 2015 Return of Shadow Full Version 121 comments

Return of Shadow Beta 0.2 Adds the Rivendell faction to the mod. As well as a multitude of other changes. Balance changes for Dunland and Lorien. This...

Return of Shadow manual 0.2
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Return of Shadow manual 0.2

Feb 4, 2015 Return of Shadow Guides 1 comment

The updated manual for Beta 0.2 Containing updated information on all 7 factions.

Version 0.85
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Version 0.85

Feb 2, 2015 Middle Earth-Extended Edition Full Version 10 comments

Hello everyone, version 0.85 has been released. I Would like to thank all those who supported me during the last three years.

Immersive Middle Earth v 1.2 (INI file only)
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Immersive Middle Earth v 1.2 (INI file only)

Jan 9, 2015 Immersive Middle Earth Patch 0 comments

For those who already have the original Immersive Middle Earth files. Just replace the INI file with this one to get the benefits of the updated version...

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1n3flip Feb 26 2006, 5:32pm says:

this is the best rts game.

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sid. Dec 24 2005, 11:59am says:

game is perfect! but there are many things that can raise this game make it more interesting to play!

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Mr.CS Nov 28 2005, 8:46am says:

detta spelet är bra!

jag tycker man ska köpa det om man gillar strat.

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physico Nov 10 2005, 11:37am says:

i no off a better lotr bfme mod website it is so happy hunting :)

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Alone_In_The_Dark Nov 9 2005, 7:40am says:

Agreed with below comment!

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morgoththedestroyer Sep 25 2005, 9:32pm says:

i hope they finish the Rhovanion Alliance before bfme2 comes out :nervous:

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morgoththedestroyer Sep 25 2005, 9:29pm says:

The upcoming bfme2 has six factions 1.Men of the west gondor + Rohan 2.THE GOBBLINS/orc samething OF the north 3.Mordor 4.Isngard 5. the dawrfs of the iron hills 6. Rhovanion Alliance/ just elfs and humans/ something else theres going to be ship warfar, base building like place anywhere like wc3 new formations new summons like dragons the squid of moria :)

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Lauri Sep 24 2005, 8:37pm says:

So it doesn't lag for suckers computers :D

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edd000 Sep 24 2005, 10:14am says:

First was great.But atlast why Could'nt EA make a game lord of the rings RTS game what has really small armies Like when did Gondor fight against a 400 Orc army at Minas in the FILM IT WAS 600,000. WHY EA WHY!!!!! :O( :o(

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Mr.CS Nov 27 2005, 5:38am says:

hej det här spelt äger jag har spelat det och det är inget blod.Jag har klarat ut halva spelet.


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best game ever gondor rulez

Feb 23 2011, 11:51am by physco1

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