The new mod, Total War: Rise of Modor, has just released a new alpha version which you can download, and aims to bring the Lord of the Rings experience to Total War.
Given the limitations that modders have faced with the game, the work here is particularly impressive, with efforts going as far as to create all new motion capture for units within the mod. Currently 2 out of the 19 planned factions are playable, and only "10%" of the mod is currently complete, so do judge this as an alpha with more improvements yet to come.
[quote]"Total War: Rise of Mordor" is an epic overhaul project based on "The Lord of the Rings". With an enthralling Middle-Earth campaign and hundreds of unique, completely reworked units this mod aims to unleash an immersive experience you have never felt before. The visuals of the mod are based on films however the background story is accurate to the books.[/quote]
Due to the limitations of modding with the game, audio files, maps and other integral elements have limited or no changes, but given the restrictions this is still an excellent and totally immersive LotR conversion for Total War, and any fans of the LotR franchise should definately download now from our sister site, ModDB.