ummm thanks, I think....
So, here's the thing Divide and Conquer is not the... thingy, sub-mod of a sub-mod
that turns Total War into a LotR game, the Third Age: Total War mod does that by modding Medieval II: Total War
specifically "the Kingdoms expansion of the Medieval 2: Total War game" (why am I learning all this... stuff
Sind the Third Age: Total War mod can be downloaded for free from moddb.com, and because I haven't found anything contradictory information, I have to assume that TATW is a free, player created mod.
FAQ from the site:http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthre ... -Questions
General Questions and Informations about the Mod
Q: What is Third Age: Total War ?
A: TATW is a total conversion mod that merges the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth with the gameplay of a Total War game.
Q: Precisely what game is this mod for ?
A: It is for the Kingdoms expansion of the Medieval 2: Total War game.
Q: Where can I download the latest version and what do I need to download ?
A: You do only need to download the new Version 3.0 (Part 1 and Part2). Afterwards download the 3.1 patch, the 3.2 patch and install all, done.
You can find all files here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/third-age-total-war/downloads
Q: Do I need to install all of the Kingdoms campaigns in order to run TATW ?
A: No, one is enough. Whichever one you like.
Q: Do I need to patch Kingdoms in order to run TATW ?
A: Simply installing Kingdoms is enough though it is advisable to update it to the 1.5 version. Found here.
Q: Can I still play the original M2:TW or other mods after installing TATW ?
A: Yes, TATW is completely mod-foldered and will not interfere with the original game or other mods (one single file will be in the original game folder, but it won't affect the original game in any way)
Q: How can I install submods and/or play with different versions ?
A: You can, there is a usefull guide here: http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=528275
I assume that since it is a fan-project, that neither the book owner, nor the film owner are interested in persecuting the makers of this mod. It is basically free advertisement for them, and there is no money to be had from the modders.
Were AGEod or Slitherine or Matrix Game to try the same thing (but for money) I think you could be assured there would be a legal response.