From 1up.com: Originally planned for a December 15 release, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest will now ship January 9, 2009 internationally and January 13, 2009 in the U.S. Brought to you by the same studio that created gamer favorite Star Wars Battlefront, this new take on the battle for Middle-earth is reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings universe that you watched in the films. While waiting for the game to land in retail, Lord of the Rings fans can participate in a “Battle for the Ring” community program where the more active you are, the more “gold” you earn. The social network offers activities and incentives for members to fight against good or evil and earn temporary ownership of the Ring. Prizes are pretty sweet, with the Grand Prize winner (500,000 earned gold) receiving a package that contains a Samsung HT-Z310 Home Theater System, while other prizes range from winning the Xbox 360 version of the game to Microsoft Points. To try your hand at this, just go online and register and see how much gold you can earn.