War of the Ring - Lords of Middle-earth Characters

Shadow Characters

The Witch-king, Chief of the Ringwraiths

In The Lord of the Rings, after the defeat of the Nazgûl at the Fords of Bruinen, the Witch-king is raised to a new demonic stature and returns as the Black Captain of Sauron, guiding the main assault against Minas Tirith. What could have happened if Sauron again assigned the Chief of the Ringwraiths to the task of searching for the One Ring, instead of conserving him for the war?

The Balrog of Moria, Evil of the Ancient World

The Balrog is a survivor of the ancient wars, a demon hiding under the mountains since a forgotten time. This slave of Morgoth could have unleashed terror upon the land, but instead met its fate at the hands of Gandalf the Grey on the peak of Zirak-Zigil. What might have happened if this minion of evil had the time to fully spread its influence into the heart of Middle-earth?

Gothmog, Lieutenant of Morgul

The true nature of the Lieutenant of Morgul is never revealed in The Lord of the Rings. We know that he steps in as commander-in-chief of the Shadow armies after the Witch-king is vanquished on the fields of Pelennor, so clearly he is among the most powerful of the servants of the Shadow. Had it not been for the timely arrival of Aragorn, he might have succeeded in turning the tide of the battle in the Shadow’s favor. What if Gothmog had been entrusted with the command of the armies of Mordor sooner, while the Witch-king was attempting to bring the One Ring back to its master?

The Mouth of Sauron, Black Númenórean

In The Lord of the Rings, The Mouth of Sauron is an envoy and military leader, soon to become the tyrant of the Free Peoples, should Sauron win the war. But the Mouth of Sauron was a Black Númenórean sorcerer wielding great power – what could have happened if the Dark Lord had chosen to unleash this cruel general upon his enemies sooner?

Free Peoples Characters

Lady Galadriel, Keeper of Nenya

Lady Galadriel, Queen of the Golden Wood, is one of the most powerful Elves left in Middle-earth, but as the Keeper of Nenya, the Ring of Adamant, she decided a long time ago to hide from Sauron. What might have happened if Galadriel more openly used her power to help the Free Peoples, thus revealing herself to the Eye?

Lord Elrond, Keeper of Vilya

Elrond, Lord of Rivendell, was once the herald of Gil-galad and is among the most stalwart opponents of the Dark Lord left in Middleearth. He is the Keeper of Vilya, mightiest of the three Elven Rings, and can prove a dangerous enemy to the Shadow - but what is the price to pay for revealing a Ring of Power to the Eye of Sauron?

Gandalf the Grey, Keeper of Narya

Unknown to everyone but the Wise, Gandalf was the Keeper of an Elven Ring - Narya the Great. It was entrusted to his keeping by Círdan of the Grey Havens when the wizard first came to Middle-earth. In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf appears to make subtle use of the Ring, to give strength and courage to those around him. But what would have happened had he decided to wield its powers more openly?

Sméagol, Tamed Wretch

In The Lord of the Rings, Gollum is spotted following the Fellowship as the heroes leave the depths of Moria, but he joins the Ring-bearers only when Frodo and Sam are finally alone on their quest. What might have happened if this wretched figure was tamed by the Companions of the Ring before the Breaking of the Fellowship?

Please note that some of the images on this website are a preview of Art by John Howe from "War of the Ring"
a game published by Ares Games under license from Sophisticated Games and Middle-earth Enterprises.