The Lord of the Rings Minecraft Mod Wiki

Hello there! I am the creator of the Minecraft Lord of the Rings Mod, as you likely know if you're visiting this page.

If you want to reach the mod team with suggestions, feedback, or bug reports, the best ways to do so are as follows:

Here are some generally useful links concerning our endeavours which you may find interesting:

Nightfall in Middle-earth is a symphonic metal album by the band Blind Guardian, a musical retelling of the main events of The Silmarillion. If you like that sort of thing you should definitely listen to it, and even if you don't, it's very good.

Some fun facts about Tolkien's Legendarium:

  • Middle-earth is our world, Earth. It's not a fictional planet: 'Middle-earth' is just an old-fashioned name for the world we live in - the Old World, surrounded by the Sea.
    • The Legendarium is a 'mythical prehistory', an Earth not in a different time, but in a 'different stage of imagination', and in this alternate history the events of LOTR were supposed to have happened about 6000 years ago.
    • 'Middle-earth' actually comes from Midgard, from Norse mythology. The name is also found in the Mediterranean Sea - medi-terran-ean - so-called because it lay at the middle of the Earth as known to antiquity.
  • The Hobbit was not originally set in Middle-earth. In fact, 'Middle-earth' only came into being with the writing of The Lord of the Rings.
    • Tolkien later tried to rewrite The Hobbit to bring it more into line with LOTR, but he never completed it.
    • However, the Silmarillion legends did exist at the time of the Hobbit's writing. This is why there are many things in Hobbit that seem to correspond very strongly to elements of Silmarillion - to name a few: Mirkwood / Taur-nu-Fuin; the Elvenking / Elu Thingol; the (unnamed) Necromancer of the Hobbit / Gorthaur the Necromancer (later renamed to Sauron!); the Arkenstone / Silmarils. Tolkien simply reused concepts from his legendarium, never intending for his fairy-story to be set in the same world.
    • This also is why questions like 'is the Arkenstone a Silmaril?' do not have a definite yes or no answer.
  • The Silmarillion was originally a mythology for England, beginning with an English sailor finding a cottage of Elves, and learning from them the 'Lost Tales' which would later become the Silmarillion. But as the legendarium developed, it became a self-contained mythology, and finally a historical backdrop to the events of LOTR.
    • So, from an in-world point of view, the real significance of Lord of the Rings was that it united the previously unrelated Silmarillion legendarium and the world of the Hobbit (to which it was a sequel).
  • Númenor was originally an unrelated and separate story. This is why, in some earlier drafts, the late Númenóreans had 'steel-bows' (guns!?) and 'darts like thunder' which 'pass over leagues unerring' (missiles!?) and when they came to Middle-earth, they 'descended out of the air' (airships!?) but this was changed when Númenor had to be reconciled with the story of the Third Age.
  • There were two different Dorwinions. Or perhaps not.
  • Towards the end of his life, Tolkien attempted to rewrite the Silmarillion legends to bring them more into line with known science; so that Arda was always a round planet, the Sun and Moon had always existed, and the Two Lamps were a fabrication of Mannish legends. But he never finished it.
  • The original name for the Noldor was Gnomes.

Still reading? Have some fun facts:

  • The idea for this mod first occurred in early 2012, and it was suggested by a friend of mine.
  • The first biome added to the mod was River, but the first interesting biome added was Rohan, which was added at the same time. Not the Shire, as is commonly thought.
  • I'm the only one who codes the mod, but Gruk makes the textures these days, and Karseius makes most of the models.
  • My original estimate for the time taken until quests were finished was 'about three months'.
  • If it is possible to simulate an entire universe with no loss in fidelity, then the probability that we are inside such a simulation is 100%.
  • You should consider reading Nick Bostrom's short parable, the Fable of the Dragon Tyrant. Everyone should - it is perhaps the most important modern work of fiction.

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