The Mirrors of Khazad-Dum

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

There's another "Exploring Middle-Earth" article up, this time pointing to a player-created lorebook entry about the mirrors in Khazad-Dum. I first have to mention that I love the idea of an official LOTRO wiki, that combines both the developer's entries, as well as the players. Secondly, and this time about the lore, I think the idea of putting mirrors into Moria is an excellent means around the whole "long dark of Moria".

When I read those passages in the game, I felt the inky, tangible black. When the movies were created, I had to wonder how in the world they could spend so long in total darkness. Of course, it wasn't total darkness thanks to "movie magic" but they did well enough. And once again with the game, I wondered how we as players could operate in such a large expanse with so little light. Then there was the mirrors. Dwarven ingenuity is something glorious. Of course they would have a way to light their own halls. It only makes sense, and that legacy system still should have something in place when and if they decided to return. I think Tokien probably envisioned roaring fires, but that's a lot of fuel for a relativley small band of dwarves looking to retake Moria. I'll let Turbine's invention slide simply for its elegance.

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