The First Age Submod is an edited version of the Lord of the Rings Mod* developed by Valiec and the Eras of Arda team. You can join our discord here to get the latest developments:
The First Age submod has been in the works since 2016, but over the years has picked up many different owners and developers. The First Age submod was first released in 2017 by PredatorFish, who launched the First Age server after the closure of the Second Age server (another submod, set in the Second Age.)
You can find past mod downloads here.
What is a submod?
Going on our definition, a submod is a version of the base Lord of the Rings mod that has edited the assets or code of the mod. Our submod uses both of these methods to repurpose the Lord of the Rings mod (set in the third age) into a (sub)mod set in the First Age. Note that you cannot use both the Lord of the Rings mod and the First Age submod at the same time.
The First Age submod uses an edited map that adds Beleriand to the map, and removes the rest of Middle-earth.
We have chosen to remove the rest of Middle-earth and replace it with ocean to keep the gameplay focused on Beleriand.
The First Age submod adds many new factions to the mod. Some of these factions are brand-new, custom coded in - and some of them are factions from the LOTRmod that have been renamed and repurposed. You can play as an elf of Doriath, a man from Dor-lómin, or an orc of Angband.
Our submod would not have been possible without a lot of help.*
- High King Ithilion
- Faenor of the Silver Laurel
and of course, Mevans for creating the Lord of the Rings mod.
*Apologies for anyone not included here. This submod has been in development since 2016, and the names of some contributors may have been lost or forgotten.
The First Age submod is the only submod to receive endorsement and permission from the LOTRMod Staff Team. The original First Age team (circa. 2016) received permission to edit the mod, and the Second Age team received permission to edit the mod. The First Age team was absorbed into the Second Age team by PredatorFish, and both groups are now now operating under the name "Eras of Arda".