Daedalic, the developer of The Lord of the Rings Gollum, has defended their choice to offer the Elvish language as paid DLC, stating that it is intended for “genuine Tolkien enthusiasts” who wish to further immerse themselves in the world of Middle-Earth.
While the base game will include occasional Sindarin dialogue, players without the DLC will not have the option for all Elven characters to speak the language. Earlier confusion had arisen over whether the Sindarin DLC would be exclusive to Gollum: Precious Edition, which is priced £10 higher than the standard game. Daedalic has since clarified that Sindarin and all other Precious Edition content will be available separately, though the pricier version offers better value.
Daedalic explained to Eurogamer that the Sindarin voice-over expansion adds extra Sindarin lines for some background characters, emphasizing that players without the expansion will not have a diminished experience. The developer justifies the paywall, stating that it caters to true Tolkien devotees wanting a deeper Middle-Earth immersion. Daedalic went the extra mile, hiring professional voice actors trained in Sindarin by their lore experts.
The DLC dialogue will be audible as Gollum traverses Middle-earth, while the base game’s dialogue will be in the player’s chosen language.