J. R. R. Tolkien’s Riders of Rohan

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J. R. R. Tolkien’s Riders of Rohan

European cover art

Beam Software
Papyrus Design Group


EU: Personal Software Services

NA: Konami, Mirrorsoft



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J. R. R. Tolkien’s Riders of Rohan is a computer video game from 1991 based upon the fictional War of the Ring set in the Middle-earth world created by J. R. R. Tolkien, centered in the Lord of the Rings novels. The massive-scale simulation takes part in the realm of Rohan and the player controls the forces of Good during the onslaught of the forces of Evil, namely centered on the conflict with Saruman of Isengard. It was published by Konami and Mirrorsoft.


1 Gameplay

1.1 Units

2 Characters
3 Reception
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

In terms of gameplay, it is very similar to the 1988 War in Middle Earth, except the setting was downsized from the entire world just to the land of the Rohirrim, engulfing mostly the storyline from The Two Towers, and to a small extent ending in The Return of the King. In a combination of a single-unit adventure, small-scale battlefield tactics and broadscale campaign warfare, the player must coordinate the Fellowship and Rohan’s troops in order to fend of the invasion of Saruman’s Orcs and save the Rohirrim lands, as well as mounting enough forces to push the war on the fronts in the east in order to contribute to Sauron’s defeat.
At the beginning, the player can in the starting menu choose to start a new game, load an old one, quit, access encyclopedias dealing with featured units and characters, or practice. The practice folds down to tutorials in single-fighter combat: – Archery: the player takes control of Legolas attempting to shoot down (18) Orcs from a wall, while crouching from their spears – Dual: the player chooses between four Heroes: Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and Eomer, to fight either an Orc or a Dunlending in melee combat – Magic Duel: the player takes control over Gandalf fighting a Nazgul flying mounted on a Felbeast
The game begins just before the Battles at the Fords of Isen, with the player taking control over Rohan’s wes

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