LORD OF THE RINGS  PASSWORD MANIPULATION GUIDE v0.25
Author: Dave The Barbarian (Kyle Seeley - captainnkevin@aol.com)
Date: April 24, 2005
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.) Introduction
2.) The Glitch
3.) Password Structure
4.) Utilizing The Glitch
5.) Charts
6.) Credits
7.) Legal

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1.) INTRODUCTION

I first realized that the password system in this game could be manipulated
awhile back when I entered my password incorrectly and the game wouldn't start,
then I altered it so it was correct. When my game loaded and I had Aragorn and
Legolas in my party near the beginning of the game, I knew that I'd stumbled
onto something that might turn into a huge breakthrough for anyone who still
knows that this game actually exists.

As it is right now, this guide isn't anywhere near complete and is in fact
still in it's infancy. The entire reason I'm putting it up so early is so not
only will I have an easy reference to build my work off of, I was hoping that
anyone who's actually interested in helping with this undertaking could use
what I've already got and send me additional info that they've figured out in
exchange for me giving them credit where due.

Anyway, you're probably getting tired of my incessant rambling, so here we go.
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2.) THE GLITCH

This is what currently makes the system of password manipulation possible. It
seems if you enter your password as normal, but add extra character or item
info to it, the game won't recognize the password because the third part of the
password isn't correct (read below). However, due to the glitch, the game has
loaded the character or item data and the specified characters or items will
be in your party or inventory when you erase the faulty part of the password,
enter the correct password and hit start. For more information on how to use
this to your advantage, see section 4 of the guide.
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3.) PASSWORD STRUCTURE

Alrighty, here's what I've learned thus far about the password structure. The
first 24 spaces are designated for your party's level, equipment, and which of
them are actually in the group at the time Leaving any of the character spaces
totally blank (...) will result in them not being in the party at all.

The next 12 spaces are the most complicated. They seem to be designated for
telling the game where you are and what you've done. Although I've had success
in figuring out much of the info for the party section, I'm having the hardest
time decoding what this section means.

Finally, the bottom 12 spaces, labeled "Inventory Code" are pretty obviously
for telling the game what items you have in your posession.

We'll start with what spaces correspond to which party members and their
equipment. The first 12 spaces represent the hobbit party members. They work
three at a time, starting with Sam, then Merry, Frodo, and Pippin respectively.
The diagram looks a bit like this:

  Sam      Merry     Frodo    Pippin
 _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _ 

Followig these are the human, elf and dwarf party members and their equipment,
starting with Legolas, then Aragorn, Gimli, and Gandalf.

Legolas   Aragorn    Gimli    Gandalf
 _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _

As far as the next 12 spaces, I'm still unsure about what corresponds to what,
so I still don't have a diagram for them. This is also true for the items.

So essentially, here is the entire password screen as I understand it so far:

  Sam      Merry     Frodo    Pippin
 _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _ 

Legolas   Aragorn    Gimli    Gandalf
 _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _

          Party's  Progress
 _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _

              Item Code
 _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _  |  _ _ _


The first and second space represent the character's level and the third is the
character's equipment. I'm currently attempting to chart out which combinations
correspond to which level, weapon, and armor.
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4.) Utilizing the Glitch

I'll write up more information about this as I learn more, but in the meantime,
I'll just show you an example of how the password glitch works.

When you first start the game, your password will be:

...... ..T...
...... ......
...... ...T.K
...... ....K.

Say you'd like to add Legolas, Aragorn and Gandalf to your party at the very
beginning of the game. This is what you'd type in to get them with base stats:

...... ..T...
..T..T .....T
...... ...T.K
...... ....K.

When you hit start, the game will inform you that the password is incorrect
(this is due to the fact that the third line's info isn't accurate for those
party members), so go and erase those extra letters, so the password looks like
it did originally:

...... ..T...
...... ......
...... ...T.K
...... ....K.

After hitting start again, the game should load you at the very beginning,
however you'll have Legolas, Aragorn, and Gandalf in addition to Frodo. Simple
enough, eh?

I'm currently studying the password structure further to figure out how this
would work without having to utilize the glitch. Further info will be posted
in future updates.
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5.) Charts

This section of the guide attempts to tell you which letter you need to input
and where to get the desired effect.

Character Levels (Input first two slots of a character's spaces)

Lv.0  - ..     Lv.50 - .?
Lv.1  - B.     Lv.51 - B?
Lv.2  - C.     Lv.52 - C?
Lv.3  - D.     Lv.53 - D?
Lv.4  - F.     Lv.54 - F?
Lv.5  - G.     Lv.55 - G?
Lv.6  - H.     Lv.56 - H?
Lv.7  - J.     Lv.57 - J?
Lv.8  - K.     Lv.58 - K?
Lv.9  - L.     Lv.59 - L?
Lv.10 - .?     Lv.60 - .D
Lv.11 - B?     Lv.61 - BD
Lv.12 - C?     Lv.62 - CD
Lv.13 - D?     Lv.63 - DD
Lv.14 - F?     Lv.64 - FD
Lv.15 - G?     Lv.65 - GD
Lv.16 - H?     Lv.66 - HD
Lv.17 - J?     Lv.67 - JD
Lv.18 - K?     Lv.68 - KD
Lv.19 - L?     Lv.69 - LD
Lv.20 - .B     Lv.70 - .?
Lv.21 - BB     Lv.71 - B?
Lv.22 - CB     Lv.72 - C?
Lv.23 - DB     Lv.73 - D?
Lv.24 - FB     Lv.74 - F?
Lv.25 - GB     Lv.75 - G?
Lv.26 - HB     Lv.76 - H?
Lv.27 - JB     Lv.77 - J?
Lv.28 - KB     Lv.78 - K?
Lv.29 - LB     Lv.79 - L?
Lv.30 - .?     Lv.80 - .F
Lv.31 - B?     Lv.81 - BF
Lv.32 - C?     Lv.82 - CF
Lv.33 - D?     Lv.83 - DF
Lv.34 - F?     Lv.84 - FF
Lv.35 - G?     Lv.85 - GF
Lv.36 - H?     Lv.86 - HF
Lv.37 - J?     Lv.87 - JF
Lv.38 - K?     Lv.88 - KF
Lv.39 - L?     Lv.89 - LF
Lv.40 - .C     Lv.90 - .?
Lv.41 - BC     Lv.91 - B?
Lv.42 - CC     Lv.92 - C?
Lv.43 - DC     Lv.93 - D?
Lv.44 - FC     Lv.94 - F?
Lv.45 - GC     Lv.95 - G?
Lv.46 - HC     Lv.96 - H?
Lv.47 - JC     Lv.97 - J?
Lv.48 - KC     Lv.98 - K?
Lv.49 - LC     Lv.99 - L?

That's about all I have for the time being. I'm going to get to work on
figuring out more of these. I'm having severe difficulty finding out the levels
with odd tens digits, so if anyone happens to figure them out, please let me
know and I'll credit you.
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6.) Credits

So far, just me for trying to figure all this junk out. I also want to thank
Interplay for making the game (I apologize if Interplay just published it,
rather than designed it), and finally Ralph Bakshi for making the awesome
movie from which this game was based on. Although the Peter Jackson version is
better liked among many people, Mr. Bakshi's version will always hold a special
place in my heart.
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7.) Legal

This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web
site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation
of copyright.