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Jan 152019

The last days of Mordor…

I’m sorry to say that after March 25th, The Land of Shadow.com will go dark forever

It has been a great run and for the last 20 years we have brought you all that is dark in Tolkien’s Middle-earth, but all good things must some day come to an end.

My monthly expenses for keeping Mordor online is $40.00 a month and I’m in the process of reducing my expenditures and can no longer afford to keep The Land of Shadow.com up and running. So Mordor will go dark on March 25 of this year, for that is the date when the Ring was destroyed and power of Sauron was forever overthrown.

“A brief vision he had of swirling cloud, and in the midst of it towers and battlements, tall as hills, founded upon a mighty mountain-throne above immeasurable pits; great courts and dungeons, eyeless prisons sheer as cliffs, and gaping gates of steel and adamant: and then all passed. Towers fell and mountains slid; walls crumbled and melted, crashing down; vast spires of smoke and spouting steams went billowing up, up, until they toppled like an overwhelming wave, and its wild crest curled and came foaming down upon the land. And then at last over the miles between there came a rumble, rising to a deafening crash and roar; the earth shook, the plain heaved and cracked, and Orodruin reeled. Fire belched from its riven summit. The skies burst into thunder seared with lightning. Down like lashing whips fell a torrent of black rain. And into the heart of the storm, with a cry that pierced all other sounds, tearing the clouds asunder, the Nazgûl came, shooting like flaming bolts, as caught in the fiery ruin of hill and sky they crackled, withered, and went out.”   ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

I want to say I appreciate all the die-hard fans of Mordor ~ The Land of Shadow.com, who stuck by us over the years and wish you well in all that you want and strive for in this world.

So, feel free to take what you will from this site and make it your own. Perhaps one day the shadow will return and Mordor will once more rise from the ashes…. but until then keep your swords sharp and your iron-shod feet free of rust….and remember the Eye in the Dark Tower will ever be watching.


 January 15, 2019  Posted by at 1:02 pm
  • ufthakofwideeyes

    The fire will burn on so Mordor could rise again! I owe Mordor my username!


  • smeegle

    Sorry to read that this awesome site is going “dark” after so many years of great service to fans of Middle Earth. I hope you enjoy your freed up time, and someday resurrect your Great Works. We have come to you site often, as you give the canon great treatment…..

  • Cameron Forbes-Robinson

    I may have seen many websites filled with LOTR content, but none have ever been so influential and exiting to explore as thelandofshadow.com has. May you rest in peace amongst the blithering wastelands of mordor.

    Note: Funny how the LOTR universe is somewhat cyclical. I mean think about, JRR Tolkien died in 1973 and when you write it backwards, it reads 3791, referring to the Ring Verse in the books, and just as I read this article today, it turns out that this site is closing on March 25, 2019, just 1000 years short of the One Ring’s destruction.

  • Random Musings

    Very sad news. But all good things… sorry bad things must come to an end.

    Best of luck in the future RL.

  • Ruca77

    Damm :/ was wondering for a few months what would future bring, for a many time I made this website a weekly/daily visit, it didn’t focus only on movies and so, for the contrary many things to books lore and that and many variety of interesting articles!
    I wonder maybe if we could make a small fundraise and see if we get enough to keep the website running? if 8 people contribute with 5$ a month or so… Or are you leaving the website and don’t have the time to keep updating it?
    Nonetheless was an epic journey and been a pleasure to do it with you friends 🙂 Be free to add me on steam or discord! /swordsalute
    Long live Tolkien /toast


  • TheCajunPhoenix

    I will miss Land of Shadow for real! May the Land of Shadow rise again even stronger and more awesome!

  • TheCajunPhoenix

    Will you also consider moving your work to Tumblr in the future?

  • Drew Landis

    Would you not consider a Patreon to keep the site up? I’m sure that with all the fans this site is, 40 dollars a month to raise on Patreon would be easy and it would certainly probably exceed that by a lot in donations. I think it might be something to consider if you want to at least keep the site up even if you can no longer update it!

  • Dan

    Very grievous news indeed. Is there any way for you to keep everything (external hard drives or something) so you might put the site up again at some point? It would be tragic for it all to just utterly disappear irrevocably forever. In any event, thank you for such a fantastic wealth of knowledge and passion, it will be sorely missed.

  • GoodnightRaggedyMan

    Absolutely terrible news but have an idea is there a friend of yours whose into Middle-Earth who is financially stable & trustworthy to take over the site or as Drew said a Patreon?

  • Windstrm99

    I am sorry to see this site go and have some fond memories here. I do understand though and wish you all the best. Thank you for keeping it up for so long. We will miss you.