Game makers Turbine and Midway have brought the Lord of the Rings series of novels to the world of massively-multiplayer online gaming. “Lord of the Rings Online” allows players to create their own characters and take part in adventurous quests throughout Middle-earth. The game also includes social networking and wiki elements. Lord of the Rings (LoTR) fans now have the opportunity to cast themselves as their favorite Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf or Man. Game software makers Turbine and Midway announced Tuesday the release of “The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LoTRO).” The game is the first massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular trilogy set in the mythical realm Middle-earth. “The release of “The Lord of the Rings Online” marks a momentous occasion for MMO gamers and Tolkien fans around the world,” said Jeff Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine. “Countless adventures await gamers eager to experience Middle-earth in an entirely new way and we’re confident that once they’ve visited this epic world, they’ll never want to leave.” [More]