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"Words hold great power: to capture the mind, to enrage the heart...but it is things that cut to the heart of the matter."
Gandalf the Grey

The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is a pair of similar video games based on Peter Jackson's film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings.

In the version released for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, the plot follows your expanding group of heroes as they follow (and try to assist) the Fellowship of the novels and the movie. It is a Turn-Based Combat game similar to Final Fantasy.

The version released for the Game Boy Advance is a Strategy RPG and it allows you to command the heroes of good or evil and the soldiers alongside them as they fight for control of Middle-Earth in several (canonical and non-canonical) battles of the War of the Ring.

This game provides examples of the following tropes:

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Tropes in the home console version provide examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: An ingame one. For some reason, a good chunk of the exposition isn't covered in cutscenes, but in orbs sent by Gandalf, Saruman, or the plot—if you aren't keeping up with them, you'll never realize that Hadhod has a dead son, for example.
  • Artifact Title: The Third Age is a period in Middle-earth's history which began after the War of the Last Alliance and ended when Frodo departed Middle-earth. While the game certainly takes place in the Third Age (the War of the Ring took place in 3018-3019 T. A.), this says nothing about the game itself.
  • Canon Foreigner: All of the main party members.
  • Combat Medic: Idrial (several of her spirit skills), Eaoden (skillset revolves around transferring his HP and AP, allowing him to act as a sort of "battery" for the other characters), and anyone with the Lifecraft elfstone.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: While the game does allow for some variance, enemies seem more likely to gang up on "the little guy" of the group (whoever seems to have the lowest stats). Example: By the time Morwen joins the party (about 35% through the game), all the other characters are likely to have found a great deal of useful and powerful equipment, raising their armor and stats to effective levels. Morwen, like any new party member, still has basic gear and lower stats, making her an easy target. Enemies seem to somehow know this and attack her more than other party members, and until she gets better equipment, she can get taken down in as little as two hits. To further twist the knife, the game seems to refuse to allow the player to find any equipment for her.
  • Cut Scene Power To The Max: At the beginning of the game, Idrial finishes off two Ringwraiths with the Water Stallion, a Spell that you likely won't get until at least halfway through the game and will not be able to finish off Ringwraiths (who are somewhere between Elite Mook and Sub-Boss in power depending on when you meet them) in one hit without serious boosting.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss:
    • The Witch-King. His damage output is pretty much negligible and you can perpetually stall his turn, but due to his high defenses and the fact that he counters every hit you make with an incredibly long-winded animation just to bonk you on the head, the fight takes forever. To top it all off he has a Life Drain hits your entire party. Most of the late enemies and bosses tend to count, but he's one of the most obnoxious.
    • To a lesser extent, the Nazgûl enemies the player fights in East Emnet Gullies and Osgiliath. While they generally don't do that much damage, they have a ton of HP, and the battles with them generally last a long time.
    • The Balrog; it has WAY more HP than anything you've fought before, and more HP than a decent amount of enemies fought after it.
  • Enemy Scan: Courtesy of Elegost.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Strangely enough for a game in which playable characters have names. After Berethor's introduction to Idrial, not many people call each other by name, but rather refer to their races and jobs: Human, Knight of Gondor, She-Elf, Ranger, Dwarf, etc...
    • Which makes it especially jarring when the party splits up during Minas Tirith; Eaoden shouts some orders to Berethor, Idrial, Elegost, and Hadhod, referring to them by name.
  • Evil Is Easy: Second facet example. Evil Mode (the bonus battles where you play as the bosses) is much easier than the regular game, since the AI has no idea how to use your former party members effectively, while you on the other hand can spam all of the bosses' worst attacks over and over and Shoot the Medic First to cause the rest of the party to fall apart.
  • Gainax Ending: In the middle of the Battle of Pelennor, the party is transported to Mordor without notice where they fight Sauron, then the tower collapses after the ring is destroyed and we hear a monologue about how the Fourth Age has started without revealing the fate of the party.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Elegost has a sword that he uses in cutscenes, yet he never uses it in actual gameplay.
    • Morwen is introduced as a competent Rohirrim warrior who is fighting three orcs... alone. Then you actually try playing as her and, well....
    • Making matters worse, you can't switch her out at this point, since this is meant to be her introductory battle.
  • Giant Space Flea From No Where: During the Battle of Pelennor Fields, the party is suddenly warped to the top of the Tower of Barad-Dur to fight the Eye of Sauron as the game's final boss.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Éowyn, Faramir, and even random elves assist you at times.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: Whatever original thoughts the story had died after Moria. Initially, the point of the quest was for Berethor to find Boromir to join him note , Elegost to find his friend Hadhod, which they accomplished, and Idrial to return to Lothlorien and warn Galadriel of the dangers in Eregion. After defeating the Balrog and presumably linking up with the Fellowship the plot changes into helping the heroes defeat Isengard and Mordor.
  • Lazy Backup: Only three heroes can fight at the same time. If all three are killed/knocked out, it's a game over while any other characters look on.
  • Level Grinding: Once you get the Travel option, this becomes a lot easier. It's also a good way to raise things like crafting stats or the stats of new characters without placing them in direct danger.
  • Life Drain:
    • The Leech spell, available through the Shadowcraft spell or one of Eaoden's skills. Elegost has a similar technique, Drain Shot.
    • Second Age swords also do this, but only Berethor and Idrial can use them. It's actually more effective to equip Idrial's second-best sword because it's Second Age and her best one isn't.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The conditions of this game's creation forced the developers to avoid any content which was not in the film adaptations (no Tom Bombadil allowed, for instance, although they managed to sneak in a reference to Helm Hammerhand), so the main group exists entirely in the Fellowship's shadow, tailing after them and largely confronting the same things, if only after the fact.
  • Magic Knight: Eaoden and Hadhod. Idrial can try, with varying results.
  • Notice This: The screen faintly glows if a treasure chest is nearby. The effect is glitched if you play the Xbox version on an Xbox 360, flooding the screen with light.
  • Play as a Boss: In "Evil Mode", you can replay every boss fight, but controlling the bosses themselves and fighting your party. The extra loot you gain from this mode is generally worth it, including weapons the player wouldn't find anywhere else.
  • Power Crystal: Spellcraft gems, which teach a character magic. One basically copies Idrial's skillset, and another teaches powerful Black Magic without that nasty business of having to bargain with Sauron.
  • Random Events Plot: An interesting case. The plot isn't random, as it's just following the events from the films. What's random is how and why Berethor's company keep ending up in these places and what they're doing there. This becomes more and more evident as the game goes on as the story slowly starts to come apart after Moria, and once you clear Helm's Deep it all but disintegrates. The only context is Gandalf's narration and cutscenes of random shots from the film.
  • Recurring Boss: You have three fights with the Witch King. The first two are with him on his Fell Beast, and the next is with him on foot, where he is a much harder opponent.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Berethor and his gang seem to mysteriously show up during all key events of the movies, sometimes teaming up with canon characters. Such as helping Gandalf kick the Balrog's ass.
  • Romantic False Lead: Berethor and Idrial seem like an item initially... but then Morwen shows up and it's revealed she's Berethor's fiancée.
  • RPGs Equal Combat: Not so much as a single NPC that isn't out for your head, save the elven archers who perform the Rain of Arrows Perfect Mode attack. Heck, you can't even buy healing items. You have to hope they drop from mobs or find them in Inexplicable Treasure Chests.
  • Shoot the Medic First: In Evil Mode, the basic strategy is to dispose of Indral and movie characters (if present) first, preventing healing spells.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog Story: The party (somehow) ends up fighting the Eye of Sauron atop Barad-dûr. Since the tower collapses once the Ring is destroyed, and we never actually see the party's whereabouts afterward (we just get a monologue about the beginning of the Fourth Age).
  • Shown Their Work: The game is extremely non-canon, but there is one thing the developers got right; besides the elves, very few people actually do big, flashy attack magic, instead performing morale-boosting Status Buff skills and elaborate weapon techniques. The main character has a healing spell, but that is explicitly an elvish blessing.
  • Status Buff: Several, most for the player from Berethor's Leadership skills.
  • Status-Buff Dispel: Also several, but the player is mostly limited to Eoaden's Dispel skill and the completely identical Dispel found in Shadowcraft.
  • Those Two Guys: Hadhor and Elegost have shades of this, as they are introduced as friends in their introductions, and at one instance when the Love Triangle starts causing problems, they just look at each other and shrug.
  • Useless Useful Spell:
    • Averted, surprisingly enough. There are a crapton of status effects you can inflict, and any individual monster (except a couple bosses) are only immune to around half of them at a time. Elegost can tell you which ones you can use. While some of the later bosses are immune to most of the more powerful ones, in most cases there's at least one status effect you can abuse to a significant degree (for instance, stalling the Witch-King indefinitely). Another example is the Mûmakil, immune to Stunning, Crippling, and Sleep, but vulnerable to Melee Bind techniques. Its two melee techniques are Sweep Tusks (which removes one character's AP) and Stomp (which stuns everybody). With a single binding, its two most annoying attacks are sealed, leaving it with a couple of wimpy damaging attacks, and turning the toughest boss into a Damage-Sponge Boss.
    • May or may not be played straight with some of the more optional skillsets... Such as crafting (which requires lots of grinding before becoming useful, and leads to item hoarding and skipping a character's turn) and stealing (self explanatory, considering only consumables are lootable and the vast variety of items are of questionable use). A lot of minor items have obscure effects as well, such as reducing blunt/slash/pierce/fire/water/etc damage for a few turns when the type of an attack is difficult to determine.
  • Visual Initiative Queue: The turn order is displayed in the right side of the battle screens.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The Balrog from Chapter 3. The game is rather easy up to this point, but Balrog shows up to wipe the party. For reference, the first boss, The Watcher in the Water, has 3,112 HP, Balrog has 72,317 HP, and the third boss, Grí­ma Wormtongue, has but 14,927 HP. Justified: The Balrog is a huge fire-and-shadow demon of the ancient world, while Grí­ma is only a normal human who's been corrupted (and given a few powers through it, it seems).
    The worst part of the Balrog isn't his obscene amount of hit points (that just makes him a Damage Sponge boss), nor is it the amount of damage he does, since you can and should have several ways to offset that by this point in the game if you've been unlocking skills correctly. By far the worst part is that 2 of his attacks hit your entire party and drain nearly all their AP in one shot. Without Gandalf's Wizard Drain, only Idrial would have a reliable way of replenishing her own AP. If Idrial doesn't have Aura of the Valar and Power of the Valar note , it would be nearly hopeless without Gandalf. In fact, it's entirely possible to let the party die and just have Gandalf kill the Balrog.

    Game Boy Advance Version 

Tropes in the Game Boy Advance version of The Third Age provide examples of:

  • Ancestral Weapon: Gimli's unique melee damage upgrade is listed as "Gloin's Axe".
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In two missions, as Evil, you get to play as Sauron himself — and he is ridiculously powerful, though he is not immune to death if you manage to misuse him.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • The Witch-King's combination of the Rage and Flurry abilities — sure, he could do ridiculous amounts of damage, but to make it worthwhile, he has to be in melee range of as many as four units. This doesn't happen often, and even if you pull it off, he's most likely not going to make it out without a fair amount of counterattack damage from the subsequent term. Furthermore, pulling this off uses some of his rather limited Command and Spirit Points, which could be used better for some other purpose.
    • For that matter, when you have Sauron, he possesses both the Flurry and Strength of Mordor abilities, meaning that he can hit up to three units and force them all to fail a morale check and flee (if they don't die first). Again, however, this requires getting him almost to melee range, but on the upside, Sauron is a much better leader than the Witch-King with a much higher SP pool and 2 range instead of 1, so he can readily take some Mooks alongside him (and position them in front of him as a shield to weaken retaliation) and he can pull off the combo much more quickly, especially if supported by other heroes with decent SP pools.
    • The combination of Elrond, Legolas, and Haldir; first you have to unlock Haldir by beating "The Black Gate Opens" on hard difficulty, then you have to get all of them fully upgraded and find a mission where you can use all three. However, if you get them all on the same flank — "The Last Alliance" comes to mind — both Elrond and Haldir can use the Keen Eyes ability, cumulatively adding 3 range (6 total) to all units on the flank, and Legolas can use Sweep Attack to snipe up to four units from 15 squares away. The best part is that all three of them can now do full damage at the far end of their range, meaning you can toast entire packs of units from multiple screens away ... you just need to have the Command Points and Spirit Points to do all that in one turn, which takes a bit of waiting.
    • Wormtongue, as a character. Sure, he gives you a highly reliable supply of Command Points in the flank where he sits, but he has such low Hit Points (roughly the same as a standard Orc) that he has to stay well away from enemy forces or risk a swift death. On the attack, even with all of his upgrades, he can only get one good shot off, but it's more effective as a one-shot Desperation Attack or a finishing blow. It is often more practical to pick a hero that can actually hold their own in a fight, even at the cost of Command Points.
  • Awesome, but Temporary:
    • The Good campaign has Ents on their side several times, as well as the Army of the Dead in the "Pelennor Fields" level.
    • The Evil campaign gets several Ringwraiths to work with in the Bree level, along with Sauron himself in two unlockable levels.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the "Pelennor Fields" level, a massive Evil army (with a Mûmakil, no less) faces down a mere handful of Rohan cavalry and the few heroes who lead them. Then turn 2 comes along, and the Army of the Dead appear across the entire bottom edge of the map.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • Many heroes' abilities, whether unique or otherwise:
      • Aragorn can also use both Arms Mastery and Sweep Attack to boost his damage and attack multiple foes in one turn, and since he has half-decent attack range, he can find more opportunities than the Witch-King to successfully pull it off.
      • Aragorn's Curse of the Dead ability doesn't deal a lot of damage, but it can reach enemy units anywhere on the flank, even in areas where you may not be able to hit them at the moment. This spell is particularly useful in hitting Catapults that are otherwise completely out of your reach.
      • The Witch-King's Terror ability. Few things suck as much as "Defense of the Beacon", where he will spam it incessantly to root your outnumbered and outflanked forces to the spot wherever they stand and prevent reinforcement of the point you're trying to protect.
      • The Witch-King also has Invulnerability, which cuts the damage that he takes in general, in addition to making him invincible to all non-heroes for one turn.
      • Gandalf's Blinding Light ability does no damage, but it causes all enemy units on the same flank to take several morale checks and, if they fail, to simply flee — backing them all off and rendering them useless for an entire turn.
      • Saruman's Swarm of Crebain ability only targets a single unit, but it deals hefty damage and stuns that unit for one turn (if they survive).
      • Elrond's Elven Duress ability doesn't help your side personally, but it gives the enemies a Command Point penalty for one turn, with a decent chance of causing Disorder to occur and immobilizing their entire flank.
    • The Evasion skill. Rarely useful, but when you want to assassinate a fleeing hero, reach a target location, or just get the hero to wherever they're needed, it comes in handy.
    • The Hold Fast! and On Your Feet! abilities, for good and evil respectively, since healing is hard to come by.
  • The Cavalry: Riders of Rohan and Gondor Knights on the side of good; Dark Riders and Warg-riders on the side of evil. All of them have high Hit Points, resilient morale, punishing attack power, and the ability to move, attack, and move again in a single turn. Each side occasionally gets missions where they have to use such units (or defend against them) en masse.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Siege weapons have the Inaccurate trait, meaning that they're supposed to miss 50% of the time ... but the computer seems to have a much higher hit rate with them than the player ever does. This is particularly annoying in the mission "Assault on Osgiliath", since while the Redshirt Army of Gondor Knights can and must charge forward at will, the good heroes cannot get any more than four spaces from the bottom of the map before the enemy immediately focus-fires on them with the two Orc catapults.note 
  • Creepy Crows: Saruman's signature Swarm of Crebain ability summons a murder of these to attack and paralyze a single foe.
  • Cut and Paste Environments: The unlockable level "Balin's Tomb" is basically the same as "Flight From Moria", only set inside Moria and without any elves or woodsmen that show up in the latter mission.
  • Dirty Coward: Evil units and heroes seem to uniformly have worse morale ratings than their counterparts on the side of Good, leading to several leaders like the Mouth of Sauron, Saruman, Wormtongue or others having an annoying tendency to flee and become immobile at inopportune times when attacked by Good units. Any Evil units with "fearless" morale, however, also tend to be horrendously powerful in combat.
  • Elite Mooks:
    • The Army of the Dead, the Ents, and any cavalry on the side of Good.
    • Uruk-hai, Warg-riders, Ringwraiths, and Trolls on the side of Evil.
    • Boss in Mook Clothing: Ents, Trolls, Ringwraiths, and Mûmakil boast stats comparable to or well exceeding any hero-level unit.
  • Final Death Mode: Playing on Sauron Mode. Injured heroes will still regain their health between combat, but any who fall in battle are gone for the rest of the campaign. Even playing without Sauron Mode, heroes who fall in battle will be unable to be fielded in the next battle before they are available once again.
  • Glass Cannon: Uruk-hai Berserkers. They have some of the best movement in the game outside of mounted units, have perfect morale, and are absurdly powerful, easily capable of one-shotting Good's basic soldiers. On the flipside, they have minimal Hit Points and nonexistent defence, so you'll be very lucky to get more than one attack off before the enemy AI attacks them and they die.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: The entire literal purpose of the missions "Defense of the Beacon", "Mount Mindolluin", and "Charge of the Rohirrim".
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Several, including:
    • Théodred, in "Crossing of the Ford".
    • Several Ringwraiths, mounted and on foot, in the non-canon level "Darkness Upon Bree".
    • Merry and/or Pippin, in several levels throughout the game.
    • Prince Isildur, in both the tutorial levels as well as the unlockable level "Sauron Comes".
    • Treebeard shows up at the head of the Ent army in both battles that take place in Isengard.
    • Sauron himself in the levels "The Last Alliance" and "Sauron Comes"; in the former, he only shows up when playing as Evil, while in the latter he is present no matter which side is selected.
  • Healing Factor: Any unit with the "Regeneration" talent regains one Hit Point per turn if injured. This is, however, limited to Gandalf, Treebeard, Saruman (though it's not listed under his Talent), Wormtongue, and the Ents.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Inverted; Théoden's leadership abilities are actually increased by a purchasable helm upgrade.
  • Hero Killer:
    • Éowyn's unique inherent ability, "Shieldmaiden", grants her +3 base damage against any Evil hero and makes her a competent assassin. That said, you may want to keep her safe to make good use of her Hold Fast! healing ability.
    • The Mouth of Sauron's unique ability, "Eye of Sauron", grants +1 damage per upgrade level to all nearby Evil units when attacking Good heroes. Essentially, once maxed out, it turns everyone on the same flank into an Expy of Éowyn for one turn.
  • Hold the Line: Several missions award the player victory points simply for holding a crucial point, or just for surviving for a set number of turns.
  • Jack of All Stats: Aragorn has good stats in most areas as well as a number of generally useful abilities, but he has few notable attributes that allow him to do something specific. His most unique aspect is his Curse of the Dead skill, which can be used to hit Catapults that would normally be too far away to be damaged (though its random nature may require a few turns to slowly destroy them).
  • The Juggernaut:
    • Mûmakil. They only show up twice ("Ambush At Ithilien" and "Pelennor Fields"), but are nigh unstoppable whenever they appear. Consider this: they boast by far the highest Hit Points in the game, unflappable morale, brutal attack power, and the Shock and Double Move talents. On top of that, any unit in their way automatically fails a morale check and is forced to flee, rendering the unit useless for a turn; worse, if the unit cannot escape thanks to surrounding units or terrain, the unfortunate target is immediately trampled to death where they stand. As a result, killing a Mûmak is a pretty satisfying achievement, whenever you can pull it off.
    • In the "Pelennor Fields" level, if you are playing as Evil and if you move the Mûmakil down at least one space on the first turn, when the second turn comes and the Army of the Dead arrive, you can run it straight down and trample over Aragorn before he can fire a shot. The Mûmakil can then proceed to disrupt and kill the Army of the Dead while the rest of your minions curbstomp the handful of Rohan cavalry gathered at the top of the map and then mop up whoever is left standing.
    • Mordor Trolls and Ents also qualify. The latter have massive HP and can deal heavy damage both in close combat and from afar, while the former have the highest HP in the game apart from the Mumakil and can deal a whopping TWELVE damage per strike, which is pretty much instant death on any non-mounted or non-Hero unit. And they both have Brave morale to boot.
  • Luck-Based Mission: On the side of Good, "The Black Gate Opens" is all about this. You have to survive at least 15 turns and as long as necessary after that point until Frodo randomly destroys the One Ring offscreen. The bad part is, without impeccable unit management and substantial luck, it's an utter Curb-Stomp Battle in Evil's favour, even on the lowest (normal) difficulty level.
  • Magic Knight: Most of the heroes, as they combine combat prowess with potent special abilities. Gandalf is more of a specific example, however, as he is technically a wizard but his ranged magical attack is particularly weak, forcing him to rely more on Glamdring and his staff to beat an opposing unit at melee range.
    • That being said, even though Glamdring is listed as only boosting Melee power, his ranged attack does become more noticeably powerful after getting the upgrade. In addition, it seems to have a higher chance of causing morale failures as well than the average ranged attack.
  • Mighty Glacier:
    • Gimli is all kinds of lethal at melee combat, but he has a slower movement speed than most units, so he takes forever to get close to an enemy unit if they aren't actively charging at him. Good luck chasing someone down if they're actually running away.note 
    • Ents are also very powerful, but slow-moving; fortunately (for Good), they have a fairly long-ranged attack.
  • No Campaign for the Wicked: Averted. You can play an entire campaign as either Good or Evil, but they still fight through the same battles, just on different sides — and with differences in the numbers and placement of Mooks and heroes.
  • Off the Rails: You can do it with regularity. For one example, you can have Elrond, Théoden, and Boromir assaulting the Black Gate at the end of the Return of the King levels; conversely, you can have Saruman and Wormtongue defending it.
  • Rain of Arrows: Anyone using Sweep Attack or Flurry on enemies at range causes one of these. Legolas relies on this, as his innate Elven Sharpshooter talent allows him to do his maximum damage even at the limits of his range, and hit any units hiding behind cover.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Aragorn, Elrond, Legolas, Théoden, Théodred, Éomer, Éowyn, Sauron and the Witch-King of Angmar all show up as hero units.
  • Shock and Awe: Saruman's normal attack consists largely of lightning. Perhaps appropriately, it has a larger-than-normal chance of stunning the target when it hits.
  • Squishy Wizard:
    • Gandalf is this to some extent, but his Hit Points are decent, he gets to upgrade them slightly, he steadily regenerates each turn, and gets the Stealth ability (which allows him to greatly reduce or prevent incoming ranged weapon damage).
    • Saruman plays this far more straight. He has by far the lowest Hit Points among primary leaders, and is low even compared to secondary heroes. If he gets within attack range of enemy units without Mooks around to defend him, he is toast.
    • Wormtongue is one as well; the price of his good Command Points and Spirit Points is the fact that he has roughly as many Hit Points as a Morannon Orc.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • All of your primary and secondary heroes can do this via upgrades, but one that really stands out is Saruman. As he upgrades, he gains range, Spirit Points, a defense bonus, and goes from average leadership to the best in the game ("Exemplary", beating out even Aragorn, Théoden, and Sauron himself). His abilities allow him to heal the whole flank, boost his damage, drop a punishing debuff on any given unit from far away, and deal hefty damage while stunning the target (effectively a second attack). He may still be a Squishy Wizard, but it makes him a hell of a leader.
    • The Mouth of Sauron is also a noticeable example. Without upgrades or spells, he is a mediocre fighter with only 6 attack, no ranged, and unreliable Average morale. With upgrades, he becomes an absolutely devastating attacker with a base TEN damage, the same as Sauron, and with Rage and Eye of Sauron active he can deal an average of SEVENTEEN damage to heroes. Though his leadership isn't quite on par with Saruman's, he's one of only two regularly available heroes who have the powerful Intimidate spell, and unlike Saruman he can (a) give EVERYONE on his flank a power boost with Eye of Sauron and (b) give Command Points to flanks other than his own.

Alternative Title(s): Lord Of The Rings The Third Age