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New Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer Exposes the Mysterious Wraith

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Posted: 08:36PM

Back in April, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) released a Story Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that explained what happened to protagonist Talion and his motivation in the game, yet it kept the wraith that unites with his body a complete mystery. I thought for sure the identity of said wraith would remain a mystery until the game released, but clearly I thought wrong. Today, WBIE released a brand new Story Trailer, entitled "The Bright Lord", which provides the rather shocking revelation. The trailer below is completely badass, but it also provides a major spoiler – one that I kind of wish I didn't learn – so I'm warning you now, if you already have the game pre-ordered, just don't watch.

If you read The Silmarillion, or simply keep up on your Middle-earth lore, the identity of the wraith may be quite the revelation. To avoid spoilers, I'm going to write the next quote from the press release in blue on a blue background, so if you watched the trailer and thus learned the identity, highlight the following to read it:

After being slaughtered alongside his family at the Black Gate, Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor’s™ protagonist, Talion awakes as if from a long slumber and must put the pieces together as to why he has been denied the peace of death.

Talion realises he is inhabited by a mysterious Wraith, who is revealed to be Celebrimbor, the greatest Elven Smith of the Second Age. Celebrimbor was deceived by Sauron into working with him to forge the Rings of Power. After they made the Rings, Sauron betrayed and murdered Celebrimbor as well as his family in circumstances that mirror the death of Talion and his family.  This connection unites the two heroes in their pursuit of the Dark Lord.

Who is Celebrimbor?

•    One of the most powerful elves of the Second Age
•    He was responsible for crafting the Rings of Power alongside Sauron
•    Celebrimbor was murdered by Sauron. The spirits of the Elves are immortal within Middle-earth, so Celebrimbor chose not to return to the Undying Lands after he was killed
•    Celebrimbor wants to destroy the Dark Lord; as Sauron does not have the One Ring, Celebrimbor can become powerful enough to challenge him within Mordor.
•    The power of Celebrimbor, as the maker of the Rings, is very closely tied with the power of the Rings

As announced earlier today, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing on September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release

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