Meet Talion and Celebrimbor From ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’

Brett Bates

Talion, the hero of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, is back in the upcoming sequel Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, an action role-playing game set in the Lord of the Rings universe. Here’s what you need to know about Talion.

Talion rose to prominence as a Ranger of Gondor, where his adept leadership and combat skills resulted in his promotion to Captain of the Black Gate.

Soon after, servants of the dark lord Sauron (you might remember him — and his eye — from the Lord of the Ring movies) attacked the Black Gate, where Talion, his wife, and child were ritually sacrificed so that Sauron lieutenant The Black Hand could fuse with the soul of the Elf Lord Celebrimbor.

But Talion’s story didn’t end there. Celebrimbor’s soul fused with his instead, and Talion was resurrected, embarking on a mission of revenge entwined with that of his new, literal soulmate.

Shadow of Mordor’s story consumed most of that quest. Working in harmony with Celebrimbor, Talion became an unstoppable killing machine with ancient powers at his disposal, destroying the Black Hand and a healthy chunk of Sauron’s orc army.

But instead of choosing to rest in peace to be with their families, the two decided to continue their efforts against Sauron and his attempt to conquer Mordor. And that’s where Shadow of War kicks off.

Discover the latest adventures of Talion and Celebrimbor when Middle-Earth: Shadow of War launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 10.

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Brett Bates
Brett Bates is a staff writer at Fandom. He's been in the video game industry for eight years as a writer and as a developer for companies like BioWare, Rumble, EGM, and Bitmob. According to his business card, he's a fan of indie games, crime comics, and boxer dogs.