Tolkien's Virtual World Takes Off

The Lord of the Rings Online has enjoyed explosive growth since its April unveiling. And it'll probably keep doing soif it remains true to Tolkien's vision

Jeff Anderson is not a nerd. The 40-year-old chief executive of Westwood (Mass.) video game developer Turbine is six feet tall, with the frame of an NFL linebacker. Nevertheless, he presides over a vast and rapidly growing virtual world of elves, orcs, dragons, and hobbits.

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