Just like the name and the song-titles imply, the Austrian one-man-project RIVENDELL is taking on JRR Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". And looking at the fact that they are signed to Skaldic Art, the musical direction already is almost given as well, as it is the label of Vratyas Vakyas, mastermind of FALKENBACH.
Hence the solitary member Falagar is following their trail, but without being a pure copy, varied vocals, melody-leading keyboards and compositions, which partly are deeply rooted in Black Metal, but then also having folky intrusions, make sure of that.
Songs like "Malbeth The Seer's Words", which is coming over completely without Black Metal-vocals or faster passages, and the two-part "The Song Of Nimrodel" are nice to listen to, but still the spark just won't catch flame, unlike their (seeming) role-model FALKENBACH.
So who likes melody-laden, folky and not too heavy Melodic Black Metal gets a good offering in "The Ancient Glory", but not much more.