"You don’t have to play many video games to find expendable enemies. Cannon fodder, they’re called, and they exist to delay you, distract you, and absorb your damage. Through the eyes of a brand new supernatural character, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor explores what happens when, instead, the pawn gets promoted.
Talion, the player’s character, is one of the Rangers of Gondor tasked with guarding Mordor’s Black Gate. Between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Sauron and his Black Captains return and kill everyone there. Talion is kept from the afterlife by a mysterious spirit and becomes a half-human, half-wraith being. At any time, Talion can swap into the wraith world, which is the same realm Frodo and Bilbo enter whenever they don the One Ring. Such a being is new to Tolkien’s lore, and seems custom-tailored to be a video game protagonist."