Lord of the Rings: Which games would the Fellowship be playing in 2021?

Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

New Line Cinema

December 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Peter Jackson’s iconic film, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Does that make us feel incredibly old? Yes. Do we still watch the trilogy once a month? Yes. Do we spend more waking hours thinking about it than is probably healthy? You’re absolutely damn right.

In light of the 20th anniversary, we wanted to take a moment to think about the Fellowship in the year 2021. If they were real and were with us right now, what would they be like? What would they think of the world? And the most ridiculous contemplation: What were they playing at?

Obviously, that last question is the most important, so here is our list of games that we think the Fellowship of the Ring would spend their hours on if they lived in 2021.

Frodo: trip


Hmm, it looks familiar.


Maybe it’s a bit on the nose to suggest that Frodo would be playing a game about a traveler heading up a mountain, but come on. Frodo needs nothing more than to relax and get work done. The hobbit hasn’t had a stress-free ride in months! This game is the perfect environment for that. Without speaking, without being impaled with cave troll weapons and ring wraith swords. Just vibrating, taking a long walk, hitting the mountain and getting the job done.

Samwise: Dream Daddy



Grumps of play

I have no doubt that Samwise Gamgee, the greatest best friend in the history of the universe, loves dating sims. And there is no better choice for him than Dream Daddy, a game about a man who goes out of his way to help himself and the person most precious to him deal with the life-altering emotional turmoil of losing a loved one very close. as you navigate the great journey of life. . Sounds pretty familiar doesn’t it? Sam has dated all the dads, knows all of their backstories, and has a weekly fanfiction bulletin on Substack. There are a good thing in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s Dream Daddy Mat.

Gandalf: Sims 4


Gandalf is definitely a cheat user.

EA Games

After all the shit he has to handle for the inhabitants of Middle-earth, all Gandalf wants to do is log in and make the humans do exactly what he tells them to do without any resistance. He would re-create the Fellowship in Sim form, though it would drive him crazy; She definitely gets annoyed when her Sims aren’t completely banned and she often resorts to using “Cheat Needs” because there are so many Sims to keep track of, it’s like a perpetual hit of “wait, who’s dying now? ” and “How does Pippin’s hunger bar drop so fast?”

Aragorn: Ori and the Blind Forest


This has great Elessar vibes.

Moon Studios

Forget Rust, Far Cry, Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, and all the survival games you had in mind. Yes, Aragorn is an expert in survival and ranger, but he is also an old man who has bought some time to relax, so we have to look outside the box. Ori and the Blind Forest is Zen enough, allowing you to roam a magical forest, exploring and solving puzzles with skill and time. Keep in mind that Aragorn was raised by elves, so he would definitely appreciate the beauty of that art style, and yes, if we could have found a game where you have to go through large wooden doors looking like a dream ship, he . would have that down.

Merry and Pippin: Untitled Goose Game

goose game

It is a beautiful morning in the Shire and you are a horrible goose.

House House

Our apologies to Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd who are vocal League of Legends players, but we are pretty convinced that this hobbit ragtag duo would be much more in Untitled Goose Game. Causing a ruckus in a quiet country town? Check. Steal candy from farmers and neighbors? Check. Cheeky as hell? Double verification. We were going to give them separate games, but let’s face it: they’d start by taking turns on the same Nintendo Switch, or they’d try, at least, until Merry got tired of Pippin taking over his game and buying his own Switch Lite. so they can play in local two-player co-op, cheering each other on as their mischievous geese take the village by storm.

Gimli: Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering Crimson Vow

Drinking pints and eliminating beautiful but evil vampires all in one day’s work for this dwarf.

Wizards of the Coast

Let’s face it, dwarves probably prefer physical card games to video games. We doubt that Wi-Fi extends to the depths of those mines. Gimli would play a Mountain deck, and I’d bet her heart eyes on Galadriel would definitely extend to her being distracted by some of the beautiful elven cards. I’d also bet my life (pun intended) that you would 100% love the new Crimson Vow expansion because no one loves a party like a midget, and what better excuse for a pint (or 10) than a wedding? Following him into battle is the icing on the cake for a drunken dwarf – if he can handle Thranduil, he can handle some vampires.

Legolas: Horizon Zero Dawn


Legolas, what do your elf eyes see?


The broody archer boy would always stay on topic. He would probably try to get through the game’s fiery arrows at first, overconfident in what his elf eyes see, but then he would realize very quickly that he needs to be a bit more stealthy without a certain dwarf around to back him up. On the bright side, he already has a lot of experience climbing untamed large beasts and taking them down with a well-placed shot. He would also keep track of all their deaths. And then show off. Much.

Boromir: return


Die in 3 … 2 … 1 …


Okay, maybe this is because we can’t get Sean Bean out of the role, but let’s face it: whatever game he plays, he will die a lot. As much. In the most inconvenient moments; sometimes for good reason, mostly it’s their damn fault. But just like Chumbawamba’s classic Tubthumping song says: “They knock me down, but I get back up. You’re never going to stop me.” We think of maybe Hades, but Boromir definitely has the vibe of a man who plays shooters, so Returnal gets going. Either way, Boromir is a roguelike gamer – confirmed.

As for the other inhabitants of Middle-earth? Well Saruman really wants to try Diablo but doesn’t know how to install Battle.net, Sauron is absolutely playing Elden Ring before all of us (rude), Elrond vibrates with Mah-jong online and Galadriel discovers his fantasy of power by conquering the world in Age of Empires.

Oh, and Gollum? Ring setting.

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