Kingdoms of Arda

is a Singleplayer & Multiplayer total conversion of Mount & Blade II Bannerlord, that brings the world of Tolkien into the game. This includes: characters, locations, weapons etc. from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Silmarillion and other works by Tolkien and media made for his universe.

Planned Features:

  • Middle Earth Campaign Map
  • Multiplayer
  • Story Mode: Play as your favourite characters in scenes from the books and films
  • Many New Factions 35+
  • Custom Map Icons & Custom Scenes
  • Known Lords and Characters from LOTR, The Hobbit and other works of Tolkien
  • New playable races: Elves, Dwarves, Dúnedain, Orcs, Hobbits, Goblins, Uruks
  • New creatures: Trolls, Ents, Mumakils, Wargs and many more
  • New Music and Audio
  • Many New Troop Trees and Mercenaries
  • New Weapons, Armours and Mounts
  • LOTR related Banners
  • New Companions
  • New Quests
  • Custom LOTR locations
  • New siege equipment
  • Many new features not seen in the native game

As the game is not out yet we have no way to exactly know how moddable the game will be. Therefore this list is subject to change.


For a more detailed look at the map take a look at the Factions article.

Support Luke Martins on @patreon.

Kind Regards - The Kingdoms of Arda Team

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Here is a article with some questions that have been frequently (and some not so frequently) asked questions about KoA (Kingdoms of Arda).

-How can you create a mod for a game that is not out yet?

Without access to the game we cannot. However we can certainly create plans for the mod, which we are currently doing. Factions, items, quests, locations, troops and much more can be discussed. Moreover we create 3D assets, music, and 2D art to use when the game is released. This is an extremely time consuming process and can be done without any mod tools.

-How long after Bannerlord will KoA release?

We cannot say right now. It depends on how much we want to release and how quickly we can learn the tools for Bannerlord. An early estimate for a solid build is 6+ months after Bannerlord is released, of course there will be testing and maybe even an alpha before that. It may be a closed alpha only given to a certain amount of people.

-What art direction will this mod be taking?

We will be following the Weta designs for the movies almost entirely. We will use other sources such as concept, Games Workshop and previous Lord of the Rings modifications. We will not follow much from Shadow of Mordor and LOTRO.

-When will KoA take place in?

January, 3016 T.A. (2 years before The Fellowship leaves Rivendell). It will be possible for the player to attend the Council of Elrond along with other events mentioned in the books & movies.

-Will KoA add new features, not part of the Native gameplay?

-Yes! We plan to include several features, yet not mentioned in Bannerlord, we can’t explain in details at the moment since it’s still being planned. Articles concerning these features may or may not be posted here before it’s implemented into the mod.

-Where will KoA take place?

We plan to cover a very large portion of Middle Earth (with the possibility to expand further south, north and east). Although first version will only cover Eastern Gondor, Rohan and Mordor, the map will be expanded far in all directions. We will be detailing Middle-earth throughout the development of the mod.

-Will X troop have X equipment?

We will try to make every troop unique as possible. If you have a suggestion for a piece of equipment to be added leave a comment down below. Please provide links for images if you have access to them.

-Can you reforge Arnor?


-Can I join the Fellowship?

-Yes you will be able to join The Fellowship if you are present at the Council of Elrond and have the right amount of influence etc. with certain characters. As an evil character you are able to oppose The Fellowship as well.

-Will it be possible to kill certain characters (Frodo, Aragorn, Saruman etc.)?

- Yes! It is possible to kill pretty much everyone, but if they are known characters they will be more unlikely to die. Characters like the Nazgûl can’t be killed until Sauron is destroyed.

-Will there be fellbeasts, dragons, chariots, boars, rams, goats, pigs, elk, deer or any similar type of mounts?

No. Some of these would be impossible to add realistically and visually appealing to Bannerlord(fellbeasts and dragons). While the others are not lore-accurate, break balance (dwarven cavalry), and not visually appealing to the team, so the amount of work to put in these complex mounts would not be worth it. We will include new skeletons for various races like hobbits, dwarves, wargs, trolls, goblins etc. We plan to add Gollum as well, but it all depends if we can make visual appealing animations. *Bannerlord may include some of the animals mentioned

-Will there be capes?

Yes, Bannerlord supports cloth physics.

-What are the factions/ How many factions will there be?

There will be approximately be 40-65 factions. We will try to make each one unique and with it’s own culture and history based on the lore of Tolkien.

For further details:

-What races will there be?

Playable races: Men, Dúnedain, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Orcs, Goblins, Uruks

Non-playable: Trolls, Ents, Wargs, Half-trolls, Oathbreakers (Ghosts), Barrow-wights and many more

-How will races differ?

Each race will have preset abilities. Dwarves will be much stronger and have more hitpoints while being slower and abominable riders. Elves will be more agile and Men will be overall average. Of course each will have special skeletons and equipment restrictions.

-Can we make LOTR themed weapons with the crafting system?

Yes. New unique parts specifically made for the LOTR universe will be possible to use as well (elven inscriptions etc.).

-Can I help?

Yes! We are currently looking for 3D and 2D artists at the moment. We can always use people to give suggestions. And later we need sceners, scripters, writers, testers and voice actors.

You can contact the team here, or on our discord server:

If you have any questions please leave them down below and I will get to them. If they are relevant enough I will add them to the list.

KoA's Music Dev Blog 4

KoA's Music Dev Blog 4

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Part 2 of Blog Nr.3 was cancelled. To make up for this misery I publish two mainthemes in full length.

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Story Mode

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Over the last year we have brainstormed a new gamemode for KoA - Story Mode. After much delay we have managed to put together an informational article...

KoA's Music Dev Blog 3

KoA's Music Dev Blog 3

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Welcome to the third blog about the music of Kingdoms Of Arda, this time with a video showing what I promised to do. The general approach software wise...

KoA's Music Dev Blog 2

KoA's Music Dev Blog 2

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Greetings and welcome back to our second blog about the making of the music for Kingdoms of Arda.

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A rather complex series of connected questions I've wondered about, and was rather curious as to your thoughts on what you may implement on this topic.

1. You guys have mentioned that there are 'chain of commands' for factions, meaning Mordor would be the chief faction of the evil factions, and those factions would answer to Mordor. Rather fascinating, is it possible to essentially become one of those factions? To have other factions join under you, as a form of sub-faction or other? I also wonder, if this were an implemented feature, how you'd work out if you were able to have both Gondor lords and Mordor lords in your faction or sub-faction.

2. Will there be a toggle or option to keep certain lands and lords as their own culture (maybe tie the lord to the land or vice versa), or will you have them convert as they do in Warband? I know I imagine scenarios where I may wish to convert some to my culture, yet keep others as theirs.

3. Will there be an option to raze villages, castles and towns, as seen in TLD? Will this apply to both sides?

I understand we still don't know everything about Bannerlord, so I take these answers with a grain of salt :p Keep up the good work, fellas and fellinas.

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John.M Creator

1. I am not sure where you heard about the chain of commands. Mordor lore wise will be the chief faction of the evil factions, but gameplay and mechanics wise no commands will come from Mordor.
So it is not possible to subdue other factions like your Gondor and Mordor example.
Could you show me where you heard of the chain of commands?

2. The current plan is to have all lords a part of the culture of their plans, tied to the land owned by the faction. I had thought that after a faction is destroyed some of their lords will go to their ally's faction. So if Rohan is defeated some of their lords and troops will take exile in Gondor fighting with them.

3. Not sure about the ability to raze settlements. It might be possible, but rarely and under specific circumstances. Like if the Galadhrim take Dol Guldur they destroy it, removing the evil from the land.

Hopefully that answers your questions well!

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Day 6752: There is no sign of Bannerlord being released anytime soon, hope is falling and i dont know how long we can hold out, most of the people have gone to other games but me and some other people are still hopefull, and wishing. I need my.....harvesting season

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You complain too much. Draining hope out those few who have it, for this crime...I will drink from your skull!!!

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hahaha, well played ;)

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Will Barad-Dur be a place you can vist as a evil character? If so then can good invade it? I would understand why you couldn't do that considering the sheer size and difficulty of invading such a place. Not to mention the flaming eye would be a bit hard to figure out as well even if you don't make it a animation for looking around.

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John.M Creator

Currently the plan is to make it possible to invade and visit. It would be very difficult to take of course, probably the hardest in Middle Earth.

Concerning the size/difficulty making it, the size might actually help. The things that are too far away to access(because the entire thing likely won't be explorable) can be made simpler with less detail. No specifics are done at this point but it is definitely planned.

About the eye, I don't think we will need a very detailed model/animation for it because players won't be able to see it well from the base of the tower. Use on the on the campaign map can be a much simpler design.

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True on all points. also I would just like to say that your responses on all questions I have seen here have been quickly answered and it shows that this project is not a fleeting fancy but will someday be a reality. Best of luck to you all

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John.M Creator

I've made a habit of checking the website and I enjoy discussing the mod, it can bring up things that haven't been touched on before like Sauron's eye.

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How will 'factions' such as the Ents, ghosts, etc. work? will they have their own kingdoms with lords etc (which sounds a bit silly) or will they be minor factions like bandits attacking parties who it makes sense for them not to like (for example, Ents attack orcs but leave elves alone)? And will they be recruitable or are not? (I can't imagine an Ent fighting alongside an army tbh)

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John.M Creator

All of the minor factions won't be the same. But most will have characters and hidden settlements. They will act similar to bandits from Warband except with relations with certain factions, like your Ent example.
For the most part no, they won't provide troop to recruit.

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