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J. R. R. Tolkien and His Works

Middle-earth is the legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien. His works of fantasy represent an extraordinary literary accomplishment. The depth of detail that is found within the pages describing the mythology and legends of the peoples of Middle-earth is not only consistent and thorough - it is most thought-provoking. Each individual that has had the pleasure of enjoying the Middle-earth tales not only sees the reflections of our world as he might wish to perceive it, but also develops his own visions of the wonderful inhabitants and magical places to be found there.

Middle-earth (or Endor) is the Middle Land, a continent in the world called Arda (The Realm). The world was created by Eru - the One - as a special land for his Children. Endor is a wondrous place inhabited by a variety of unusual peoples and filled with strange creatures, breath-taking landscapes, and dark, sinister beasts. In Middle-earth, immortal Elves, reclusive Hobbits, stout and dour Dwarves, and a variety of mortal Men, some tall and proud, others fierce and wicked, all face the forces of Darkness that seek to dominate them: Orcs and Wargs, Giants and Trolls, Dragons and Fell Beasts, Wraiths and Wights, and, most feared of all, Sauron, the Lord of the Rings.

This game simulation (in its various scenarios) represents a glimpse into Middle-earth that is both accurate regarding the details described by Tolkien himself and is consistent with the offerings to be found in I.C.E.'s (Iron Crown Enterprises) Middle-earth Role Playing Series. It also represents our own visions of Middle-earth in an effort to fill in the gaps of knowledge and reveal the mysteries that have always intrigued us. The following sources may provide some additional insights into these mysteries:

Primary Sources
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring™. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1965. Copyright© 1965 by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. Revised Edition. New York: Ballantine Books, 1966. Copyright © 1937, 1938, 1966 by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1965. Copyright © 1965 by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Silmarillion. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1977. Copyright © 1977 by George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers™. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1965. Copyright © 1965 by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tolkien, J.R.R. Unfinished Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1980. Copyright © 1980 by George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd.

Secondary Sources
Fonstad, Karen Wynn. The Atlas of Middle-earth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1981 Copyright © 1981 by Karen Wynn Fonstad.

Foster, Robert. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. New York: Ballantine Books, 1978. Copyright © 1971, 1978 by Robert Foster.

Iron Crown Enterprises. Middle-earth Role Playing Series. Produced and distributed by Iron Crown Enterprises, 1982-1990. Copyright © 1982, 1983, 1989 by Tolkien Enterprises, Berkeley CA.

Tyler, J.E.A. The New Tolkien Companion. New York: Avon Books, 1978. Copyright © 1976, 1978 by J.E.A. Tyler.

"The Hobbit"™, "The Lord of the Rings"™, "The Fellowship of the Ring"™, "The Two Towers"™, and "The Return of the King"™ and the names of the characters, events, items and places therein, are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises and are used, under license, by Game Systems International Ltd.

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