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Age of the Ring is a mod for Rise of the Witch-king.
It's set during the final years of the Third Age of Middle-earth,
and features content from both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings film trilogies
and J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. Our primary goal is to represent the cultures,
warriors, and heroes of that era in a way that is accurate
to the source material, engaging in terms of gameplay,
and balanced around RotWK's 2.02 community patch.

Take a look at our community forums to learn more about what is planned.

Note there are no current release dates on future updates, so please don't ask.
We are currently working on the Erebor faction.
Do you have questions? Make sure to check the FAQ to see if it hasn't already been answered.

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When King Thór reestablished the Halls of Erebor and crowned himself King Under the Mountain, the wealth that flowed from the mountain led to a valley situated immediately before its gates to be settled by Men of Rhovanion. Thusly the City of Dale was founded - Erebor's closest ally, ruled by the Lord of Dale.

When Smaug took Erebor, the citizens of Dale abandoned their City and fled southwards, down the Long Lake, to Esgaroth, a town upon the Lake and an important center of trade in the region.

For many years the Men of Dale and Esgaroth lived frightful lives beneath the shadow of the Lonely Mountain, until, at long last, Thorin, grandson of Thrór, appeared - strong-willed and grim - determined to retake the Mountain and slay its unlawful occupant. Then, when Smaug outwitted Thorin's burglar and set off to burn Esgaroth, he was finally slain by a skillful bowman named Bard, directly descended from Girion, the last Lord of Dale, who had died in his attempt to repel Smaug's attack almost 200 years ago.

In Age of the Ring, Dale and Esgaroth are well represented in the Erebor faction.

Bard the Bowman

Starting off, they can recruit Bard the Bowman himself! He gets a full set of unique powers, chronicling his journey from an 'honest' bargeman to the leader of his people.

Rank 1: Debilitating Shot
A precise arrow shot that significantly slows down an enemy hero.
Rank 3: Rabble-rouser
Targeted units gain experience.
Rank 5: Honest Bargeman
Bard delivers several barrels of fish, passively healing nearby friendly units.
Rank 8: Descendant of Girion
Leadership, also attains his armor.
Rank 10: Dragonslayer
Bard receives secret whisperings of a friendly thrush and gains immense damage versus monsters, most significantly Smaug.


Dale Barracks

No Spellbook points required. Erebor can build the Dale Barracks from the start, signifying its close relationship to the Men of Dale. The model we used comes from the very first BFME mod ever announced (back when BFME1 wasn't even out yet) - Rhovanion Alliance, modeled by a long-gone artist named Andros de Nurne.



Dale Units

The first unit you will likely buy from the Dale Barracks is not actually from Dale!


They are closely related, however. Of old, the Master of Esgaroth has armed and maintained a small regiment of townsguard, tasked with upholding law and order upon the Long Lake. These are a basic spearmen unit, fully upgradeable, as a possible alternative to Erebor Spears.


Then, after the Barracks is upgraded, two additional units become available, both elite: Dalish Swordsmen and Dalish Longbowmen. The rekindled wealth of Dale is exemplified in its excellently trained and equipped army, ranking among the finest in all of Rhovanion. In Dalish military tradition, skillful use of the longbow is a prime mark of an excellent soldier.




The Dalish Longbowmen will be able to fire a Black Arrow shot at rank 2, while the Dalish Swordsmen gain Dalish Supremacy at rank 4, demoralizing enemy Easterling and Khand units.

That's it for this update article. If you like our work, please give us your vote in the Mod of the Year awards. If you don't like our work, well, that's OK, you are still allowed to vote!

The AotR Team

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2017: Our First Year in Review

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New Faction Released!

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Featuring our brand new faction Lothlórien as well as many other edits to our current existing factions Gondor, Misty Mountains, Mordor, and Isengard.

Spells of the Golden Wood

Spells of the Golden Wood

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A detailed showcase of Lothlórien's spellbook powers.

The Mirror of Galadriel

The Mirror of Galadriel

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The mirror shows many things... things that are, things that were, and some things that have not yet come to pass...

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Patch 2.0 French Language File

Patch 2.0 French Language File


A fan made french translation done for patch 2.0 of Age of the Ring done by Ursidey and Dadoone. Installation instructions are included in the readme...

Age of the Ring Version 2.0: The Golden Wood

Age of the Ring Version 2.0: The Golden Wood

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The second release for Age of the Ring, containing the completed Lothlórien faction and some reworks of the Gondor, Mordor, Isengard, and Misty Mountains...

Patch 1.1 French Language File

Patch 1.1 French Language File

GUIs 13 comments

A fan made french translation done for patch 1.1 of Age of the Ring done by Ursidey and Dadoone. Installation instructions are included in the readme...

Age of the Ring Patch 1.1 (2.02 v7 Compatibility)

Age of the Ring Patch 1.1 (2.02 v7 Compatibility)

Patch 46 comments

Contains fixes to ensure compatibility with the new 2.02 v7 patch as well as all AotR 1.1 changes. NOTE: This is NOT the Lothlórien release.

Age of the Ring Patch 1.1 (The First Hotfix)

Age of the Ring Patch 1.1 (The First Hotfix)

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AotR version 1.1 contains a long list of bug fixes, balance improvements, and optimized content. NOTE: This is NOT the Lothlórien release.

Age of the Ring Version 1.0

Age of the Ring Version 1.0

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The first release for Age of the Ring, containing completed, extensive reworks of the Gondor, Mordor, and Isengard factions, as well as the new Misty...

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Voted ;)

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MathijsRevora Creator

We've made it into the Top 100! Thanks for voting, everyone. Now we need your vote again for round 2.


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Good luck once again, guys.

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Mod of the year event has a strange power of ressurect dead mods! Look at the mods page.

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Lord of the rings card game has been announced.
Do you guys think on taking inspiration or even art from the cards?

In my opinion, it could reduce the stress of the team in having to create everything. Also, the art is good, it makes me think more on the books then of the movies.

There are weapons, magics and characters that had not appear previously in any way, shape or form outside the book.

It could also give you new ideas about powers ad spells.

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will the Erebor faciton be released before christmas?

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kingsjewel Online

'Good work needs time'/hungarian proverb/

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MathijsRevora Creator

Releasing before Christmas is not possible.

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it's currently planned for a 2019 Christmas release

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DúnedainRanger Creator

Tomasz please

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Hoar Creator

I don't fault him

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