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Troy Baker Shares His Lifelong Lord Of The Rings Fandom For Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

by Kyle Hilliard on Jul 25, 2014 at 09:53 PM

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We recently had a chance to chat with Troy Baker, the performer behind Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s protagonist Talion, about his and the game’s role in the universe of Lord of the Rings. We asked Baker a simple question: are you a Lord of the Rings fan? Baker detailed how he has had an appreciation for the Tolkien universe for a long time.

I am. When I was kid, maybe nine or ten, I would go have sleepovers at my grandparents' after my parents would get tired of me. I slept in my dad’s old room and there was a bookcase with original first editions of Hardy Boys, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. I asked my dad, “What is that?” because I had never heard those words before. He was like, “I think it’s time,” and he pulled down The Hobbit and was like, “Start with this one.” It was a little book and Lord of the Rings was like… agghh! And that was my first introduction,

It’s crazy almost 30 years later, that kid... there is no way I could have looked ahead and said, this is where I am going to be. And what I love is on that bookshelf, there is a little small space between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This is where that book would slot. And for us to actually add to the lore is a big honor.

Troy Baker has played prominent roles in a number of video games including The Last of Us’ Joel, BioShock Infinite’s Booker DeWitt, and Delsin in Infamous Second Son, among many others, as well as many more games to come.

Earlier today, a new trailer was released for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor revealing the identity of the wraith that lends Talion his impressive powers.