Shadow of Mordor has some pretty interesting Easter Eggs that point to other works of Tolkien that have been set in the same universe.
The game revisits many well-known regions of Middle-earth, and while most of the Easter Eggs are nods towards Tolkien’s work. There is also one interesting vague reference towards another Warner Bros. title.
Batman in Mordor?
Sure, the Dark Knight would totally fit slaying evil Uruks in Mordor – it’s a perfect setting for our favorite comic superhero, but you might wonder what Batman has to do with LOTRs.
Well, the Arkham games and Shadow of Mordor have the same publisher: Warner Bros, and they have an interesting Easter Egg in the game for Batsy other than the inspired combat.
Once you hunt and kill one of the several Morgul Bats that are found near caves in Mordor, you can access information about them in the Nature section of the Appendices. Here’s the interesting line with an ending that rings a bell:
Those Uruks that get poisoned become horribly diseased and bloated, wearing their deformities as marks of honor. The poison slowly eats at their minds, sending them nightmares of a demonic man-bat who preys on fear.
Quotes by Celebrimbor
Apparently Celebrimbor has read Tolkien’s work and seems to know about the happenings of the future and past (Shadow of Mordor is set between The Hobbit and the LOTRs books). A few times in the game he will quote other characters from Tolkien’s work and give interesting references.
- During Shattered Memories, after waking to find the Graug, Celebrimbor will say, “Fly, you fool,” in reference to Gandalf when he faces the Balrog in LOTRs.
- When you return to the Forge Tower, Talion will sometimes ask what Towers are. In reply, Celebrimbor will say that they are lights in the darkness of Mordor, when all other have gone out. This is a reference to the Vial of Galadriel given to Frodo.
- Talion will comment on Torvin being a wanderer, upon which Celebrimber will say, “not all who wander are lost.” This is a line from Tolkien’s poem All that is gold does not glitter.
Mission Titles are Lord of the Rings Chapter Names
Many of the missions in Shadow of Mordor are actually titles of the chapters in the Lord of the Rings books, such as A Knife in the Dark, and The Dark Rider.