J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I

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The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I
The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I cover
Developers
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
DOS 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I at Wikipedia
Middle-earth
The Hobbit 1982
The Fellowship of the Ring 1985
The Shadows of Mordor 1987
J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth 1988
The Crack of Doom 1989
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II 1992
The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) 2002
The Return of the King 2003
War of the Ring 2003
The Hobbit (2003) 2003
The Battle for Middle-earth 2004
The Battle for Middle-earth II 2006
The Lord of the Rings Online 2007
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest 2009
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North 2011
Lego Middle-earth (series)
Guardians of Middle-earth 2012
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of War 2017
Journeys in Middle-earth 2019
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum 2021

Key points

Press O to bring up the in-game options menu.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
DOS

Essential improvements[edit]

Open Source Engine Release[edit]

The original game files are required for it to be used.
An open-source rewrite of the game engine, it adds modern system support and bug fixes. Both the standard and CD-ROM releases are supported.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Spoken speech is included only in the CD-ROM release.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2.1
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
System memory (RAM) 640 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 MB
Video card (GPU) CGA, EGA, MCGA, Tandy/PCjr, VGA

References