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How well does Shadow of Mordor fit into Middle-earth canon?

There appear to be a number of "disconnects" of various types between the text and the game (even between the movies and the game). To begin with, in the text there was never a garrison of Gondor ...
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How well does Shadow of Mordor fit into Middle-earth canon?

There are, as previously stated, many discrepancies between Shadow of Mordor and the works of Professor Tolkien himself. So, in the strictest sense, it is entirely non-canonical. However, one thing ...
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Does the depiction of Uruk society in "Shadow of Mordor" have any basis in LotR canon?

There is certainly a rank of captain in Mordor's army. By all the signs, Captain Shagrat, I'd say there's a large warrior loose... (The Return of the King, "The Choices of Master Samwise") ...
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Who are the two Istari mentioned in Shadow of Mordor?

According to Shadow of Mordor, they were killed by the Black Hand. That means they only could have been the Blue Wizards, which was the most likely explanation given their location anyway. I think ...
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In Tolkien's works did Sauron attack Eregion personally?

Yes In the Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth Chapter IV: The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, we see Sauron's reaction to Celebrimbor rebelling against Sauron's 'help' and hiding the ...
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Who are the two Istari mentioned in Shadow of Mordor?

These are the remaining two Istari of the five said to exist in The Lord of the Rings and correspond to the Blue Wizards in Tolkien's other writings. However, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a game ...
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Is it stated in Shadow or Mordor / War (outside the appendix) that Celebrimbor gave Sauron's One Ring it's own will

The OP (Atticus_of_Amber) seems to have come up with the quote themselves as an additional piece to their anecdotal answer. Taking a closer look at the passage in question we see that Atticus was in ...
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How well does Shadow of Mordor fit into Middle-earth canon?

Other points worth mentioning are that several of the artifacts featured 'historically' inaccurate references. One of them referred to the two trees as though they were alive, and another mentioned ...
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How well does Shadow of Mordor fit into Middle-earth canon?

I agree for the most part with the first answer. The game is very inconsistent, and from the look of Mordor itself, it should never be that green in Udun. Udun is quite literally Sindarin for hell. ...
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How well does Shadow of Mordor fit into Middle-earth canon?

IMO the story follows some details of the LOTR canon, but not the overall storyline. If you're an LOTR purist, chances are it'll annoy you a fair bit. Celebrimbor was a wraith because Interestingly
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Is Talion still Talion at the end of the game?

Yes he is still Talion. Throughout Tolkien lore it is always expressed that power is a never ending search; Talion has a ring maker and what he believes is enough power to make a ring himself, but to ...
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Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor and The One Ring

Celebrimbor never had possession of the One. It was made in secret by Sauron and worn by him until his defeat by the Last Alliance of Men and Elves. It was then recovered by Isildur who kept hold of ...
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Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor and The One Ring

It seems to me that Shadow of Mordor fills in some gaps in the "official" account of Celebrimbor and the One Ring. It can be seen as consistent with cannon, if one assumes that the cannon is the ...
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Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor and The One Ring

Shadow of Mordor did completely invent these events. As far as we know, in "actual" recorded history, Sauron put on the One Ring, the Elves were aware of him, and Sauron invaded Eregion and killed ...
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How well does Shadow of Mordor fit into Middle-earth canon?

Now I am simply a lover of Tolkien and his legendarium, so I can merely give my opinion and not facts on the text. I believe it is possible and while a lot of Warner's ideas are off, they're not all ...

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