January 4, 2012
Cracked Eggs - The Number One Threat to Middle Earth
Anyone who is a Stephen Colbert fan and LOTRO player probably saw that coming. I am both, and I adore the way that Turbine planted a little bit of pop-culture in Middle Earth. While I'd hate to see too many eggs from real life popping up like they do in other MMO's, these are just downright clever and funny.
If you have traveled to the edge of the Fields of Fornost and stumbled upon Mincham's Camp, you have probably met a man named Colbert the Mad. He's the one we can thank for sending us after the very interesting lost girl, Idalene. He also likes to rant about the evil bears that threaten Fornost; in other words, he's as obsessed about the villainous, soulless bears as his namesake.
As any baby toon who has stepped foot out of Archet into the greater open spaces of Bree-land understands - THEY. WILL. KILL. YOU!
But this isn't all - when entering the Giant Wing of Helegrod in the Misty Mountains, we encounter the most monstrous epitomy of evil itself - Coldbear (get it - coldBEAR - it's all in how you say the name). How many noble raids have fallen to him and his bear cronies, one can only guess.
To make matters worse, even if you triumph over him, he COMES BACK as a Wight in the Glacier Fortress at Sari-Surma in Forochel! Apparently bears do have souls, and they can be resurrected as Wights by Drugoth. The horror!
Jokes aside (well, jokes included), Mr. Colbert is a true hardcore Lord of the Rings fan, as evidenced in a number of segments from his show. The man owns Andúril, for goodness' sake!
He knows and respects his Tolkien material, and for that he has my deepest respect.
Read more about the Cracked Eggs series here.