Probably the most popular mod for the original Mount & Blade v1.011 (not Warband)
It's almost like I got a commercial expansion for M&B for free, and it's based off my favorite fantasy series! Must have for anyone who liked M&B and are LOTR fans. only complaint is, the TLD (Iron) launcher wouldn't work for me so I have to swap files every time I want to switch between the TLD mod and Native or any other mod.
The fantastic screenshots were enough to make me redownload and reinstall Mount&Blade after, what, 3 years? It's truly fantastic, though because it uses the old M+B engine, the combat isn't very good (a great sub-mod exists for Warband combat animations, though it has some animation bugs and doesn't fix the terrible sword combat while mounted).
I'd give this mod a 10, but twice now i've reached a point in my campaign where the game will just crash at a certain point. The game is kind enough to make backup saves, but using those would still result in a crash once reaching a certain point in time in the game.
The new weapons and armour look fantastic, the new enemies look great and have a nice selection of sounds to go with them (grunts and...stuff), and the great new system of earning rank (and therefore rewards) with different factions is great fun, if a little grind-like and monotonous.
It's definitely worth downloading.
What can I say? This mod is awesome. besides the fact they are having troubles with invasions and some crashes, needless to say the team that worked on this mod have shown us that they mean business! good job guys, looking froward to updates and any new versions you have to offer.