‘Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’ turned me into a ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan

I’ve never been able to get into the Lord of the Rings franchise. I’ve tried, many times, but the movies are just way too long (I’ve fallen asleep during The Two Towers at least twice) and the books are too dense for me to get into. I understand that it’s a deep, fully realized universe with thousands of years of history, and that sounds really cool. I just haven’t been able to find that one starting point I can grasp onto before immersing myself in Tolkien’s universe.

It turns out all I…

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