Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Yeti Arcade: Lord of the Rings Online

Wait... there are yeti in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings? Since when?

Well, apparently since the creators of Lord of the Rings Online (2007) put 'em in their game. Well, they call them "abominable snow-beasts" but you and I know what that means.

Apparently they inhabit the Misty Mountains. I thought I knew the Misty Mountains pretty well. They contained the Orc tunnels where Bilbo found the One Ring, the Mines of Moria where Gandalf fought the Balrog, and they were next to the foothills where dwelled Elrond in the Elven outpost of Rivendell. Who knew there were yeti there all along? You know, Bilbo and Frodo could have encountered yetis on their adventures!

I kid, I kid. Of course, the game's creators felt like they should expand on Middle Earth a little bit. You kind of have to when you got a MMORPG. And throwing in an abominable snow-beast is a good decision. Always.

Original concept art by Jeff Murchie:

And here he is in action:

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