I’ve got a hankering for The Lord of the Rings but can’t seem to satisfy it. Ever since the Rings of Power made words like Númenor, Harfoots, and Morgoth part of my everyday vernacular, I’ve been hunting for a video game to supply the same cinematic Tolkien action. I had one specifically in mind: EA’s excellent 2004 real-time strategy game Battle for Middle-earth.

I originally had the game on disc, but that’s been gathering dust somewhere in my parents’ house for the past several years. Even if I could find the box, my PC’s long since lost the optical drive needed to run it. “No problem,” I thought, “I’ll turn to Steam for my strategic Tolkien fix” – only to be shown a disappointingly blank search page. Valve’s storefront carries plenty of Lord of the Rings games, but Battle for Middle-earth isn’t among them.


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