Lord of the Rings

Middle-Earth Roleplaying Project mod for Skyrim petitions WB to revoke cease and desist

Omri Petitte at

Last week, Warner Bros. sent a cease-and-desist letter to the development team of the Middle-Earth Roleplaying Project (MERP), a detailed Skyrim mega-mod portraying the Lord of the Rings experience with quests, iconic characters, locations, and visuals lifted from the books and films. Ambition, like a tenacious hobbit, won't diminish easily, as MERP's team set up a petition earlier this week asking fans and followers to convince Warner Bros. to rescind the order.

LotRO: Riders of Rohan release date is September 5, new trailer shows mounted combat

Tom Senior at

Would Gandalf unhorse to fight a goblin? No. He'd fling his beard over one shoulder and wang them with his staff from on high. In the Riders of Rohan expansion for free-to-play MMO Lord of the Rings Online, you'll no longer have to dismount like a peasant to do battle with your foes. Roaming Warg bands will dominate the eastern regions of Rohan, and you'll be able to pluck them off their saddles by riding right at them and activating one of a series of new combat skills from horseback. If you miss, you can bring your steed around for another go while your cooldowns recharge.