I was messing around in the starter zones again last night, taking some screenshots for a project I’ve got in the works. Well, all I can say is that trying to frame a good screenshot while playing has never been one of my strengths. Or maybe I’m just too picky about the quality of my shots, coming from a photography background. Usually, if I don’t have the time to frame a shot just right, I just end up turning off the UI and spamming the button. A few frames per second and I’m bound to get something usable.
Going through the shots afterwards, something caught my eye. I realized that for three years I have been staring at something, and have never once really seen it, let alone puzzled it out.
The targeting circle; now, someone, somewhere must have already figured out what this says. But I couldn’t find it (I don’t know the technical term for that circle) so I decided to quickly puzzle it out. Using this handy chart for Cirth runes, I came up with:
DH E • HW U N • TH A T • I S • CH O S E N •
“The One That Is Chosen”. Very clever! Turbine really took Tolkien’s love of detail, and philosophy that the world is created by the language, to heart.
Edit: almost immediately after posting this, I found this forum post from 2009 where someone had indeed figured it out. One, this is why I love LotRO’s community – you have some truly dedicated and die-hard fans of Tolkien (like me, only…moreso). And two, this kind of detail is why I love LotRO and Turbine. They can create an amazing, fun game, and please many of those Tolkien fans at the same time. It says a lot about Turbine’s effort at preserving Tolkien’s legacy (as much as they can, of course).