Video Game: War In The North

A hack n slash game based around The Lord of the Rings license, one of several examples of No Problem with Licensed Games . It tells the story of an alternate Fellowship, ranger Eradan (Nolan North), elf mage Andriel (Laura Bailey) and dwarf Champion Farin (John Cygan) as they attempt to destroy a new menace in the North of Middle Earth, Sauron's sinister lieutenant Agandaur.


The game provides examples of:

  • Acting for Two: Several actors play multiple roles, notably Nolan North (Eradan and Nordri) and Courtenay Taylor (Arwen and Saenathra)
  • Adaptation Expansion: The untold story of the northern war... though not the one told in The Battle for Middle-Earth sequel.
  • An Axe to Grind: Farin's standard mode of attack.
  • Big Bad: Agandaur.
  • Black Knight: Agandaur again.
  • Black Magic: Agandaur and his servants use this thanks to a series of scrolls.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Eradan.
  • Canon Foreigner: Quite a few, the main fellowship and most of their newfound allies and enemies.
  • The Cavalry: The Eagles provide this on numerous occassions.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Radagast of course.
  • Continuity Porn: Swimming in it, particularly if you utilise the conversation trees, which serve as an optional Info Dump .
  • Death from Above: In most exterior levels, Beleram the Eagle can be summoned to inflict massive damage on a single enemy.
  • The Dragon: Whilst Agandaur is one of Sauron's dragons, he spends most of the game attempting to recruit his own, including luteral dragon Urgost.
  • Drop the Hammer: An option with Farin.
  • Enemy Mine: The heroes are forced to do this with Urgost.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Carn Dum. Fornost has also become this due to Agandaur's meddling.
  • Expy: The alternate Fellowship, with Eradan for Aragorn and Farin for Gimli, though there are notable differences. Also Agandaur has elements of both The Mouth and The Witch King.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Agandaur, Urgost, Tharzog, Wulfrum... pretty standard.
  • Flunky Boss: Tharzog, orc chief of Mount Gram.
  • Giant Spider: Saenathra.
  • Lost Superweapon: The Dwarven war machine in Mount Gundabad.
  • The Medic: All the heroes can resurrect each other, but Andriel displays the traits most typical to this trope.
  • Mythology Gag: The conversation between Urgost and Agandaur is almost identical to that between Dain and The Mouth of Sauron. The later attempts to flatter the dragon are reminiscent of Bilbo's attempts to deceive Smaug in The Hobbit.
  • The Other Darrin: Featuring cameos from Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Frodo, Gandalf, Elrond, Bilbo and Arwen among others; none of whom are voiced by their movie counterparts.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Dwarves.
    • Radagast is an interesting case, he appears drastically different here to The Hobbit Film Trilogy as it was still in development at the time.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Dwarven prince Nordri volunteers for a Suicide Mission to destroy Mount Gundabad.
  • Shown Their Work: A tremendous amount of effort seems to have gone into including as much backstory from Tolkien's works as possible.
  • The Siege: The penultimate mission consists of the siege of Nordinbad.
  • Talking to Himself: Nolan North plays both Eradan and Nordri.