The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Another year has nearly passed and with it fellow LotR-fans could see plenty of updates for mods if not even the release of new modding projects, they could see in screenshots and videos the eager work of many people who spent a lot of their freetime at something which they love to do, they could feel with the modders who announced the end of their projects, they could read about the plans, visions and aspirations of what might come with the new year when the days are becoming longer again.
Now with the end of the year everyone also gains again the opportunity to nominate their favourite mods for the '2019 Mod of the Year Awards'. As I did last year I list here again nine modding projects which earn a nomination. Don't hate me if your favourite mod is not present but it should only become a short overview, you can still skip through the lists to find your favourites. Be aware that you can nominate multiple candidates, so you can also just click for them all ^^
The Last Days (of The Third Age of Middle Earth)
Celebrating this year 12 years of existence, one of the greatest conversions for Mount & Blade and Mount & Blade: Warband which aims for being true to the books. It is still getting regulary updates and we hope they keep up the good work!
Blue Wizard Mod
This mod adds a new faction, the Elves, to the game Battle for Middle-earth, in August this year mod version 0.14 got released. There is also eager work at enhancing the original factions going on.
Age of the Ring
In summertime it's release time for updates at the BfME-mods it seems. And a bigger one has also be done at this modding project for Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King, the developers are now working eagerly on the Dol Guldur faction.
Middle-earth Extended Edition
Also with an update in August this year, this project has the goal of expanding the game Battle for Middle-earth with new units, heroes, spells and factions as well as adding unused features existing in the game and bringing more realism to its combat system.
The Fourth Age: Total War - The Dominion of Men
This modification for Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion aims for an accurate portrayal of the lands and peoples of Middle-earth as they think they existed approximately three-and-a-half centuries into the Fourth Age. Fans could enjoy the release of version 3.4 at the end of October.
Heirs of Elendil
This submod for Third Age - Total War Divide and Conquer allows the kingdoms of Arnor and the Reunited Kingdom to be united and introduces many new map features, female generals and tons of new scripts. Patch 1.3 is available as a download since February this year, the next one might be already on the way.
Legends of Middle-Earth 5.0
This mod is now back to being regularly updated and aims to finish the work it layed out years ago. You can download the new version 5.0.3 from November and take armies of Elves, Dwarves, Men or Orcs to battle for your dominance of Middle-Earth.
Lord of Universalis
Now present also on moddb this modding project for Europa Universalis IV tries to let players experience the world of Middle-earth, with 28 different races and over 200 countries and factions and a ton of LotR events.
CK2: Middle Earth Project (CK2:MEP)
A full conversion Tolkien mod for Crusader Kings II which will feature bookmarks throughout the Third Age and which will give you a unique strategy experience in Middle-Earth.