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The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Rivendell an Atari 2600 Prototype

The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Rivendell was a video game scheduled to be released in the winter of 1983.

General Information

Developer - Parker Brothers

Publisher - Parker Brothers

Release - Prototype Cancelled

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - Single player

Genre - Platform

Parker Brothers was set to publish it, and advertised it in their 1982 and 1983 catalogues as a game that would be released on the Atari 2600 and Atari Home Computer. The game was originally advertised under the name Lord of the Rings, and in one case as The Lord of the Rings I.

It was described as an adventure of getting Frodo from the Shire to the door at Moria, a description which was later changed in the 1983 Parker Brothers Video Games catalogue to have Rivendell as the adventures end point instead.The same catalogue was first time the game was ever referred to as The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Rivendell, and was the last advertisement the game ever received. The game was never released, and it was believed that little or no work was done on the game's coding. Almost twenty years after The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Rivendell was first announced, in the weeks leading up to the much anticipated release of the first live-action movie, a former Parker Brothers employee gave a prototype of the game to the operator of the AtariAge website. Surprisingly, the game was quite complex and seemed to be complete.


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