Join the world’s greatest fellowship of players in the award-winning online re-creation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle-earth.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,669 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 6, 2012

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"The Lord of the Rings Online (commonly abbreviated to LOTRO, LotRO) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and Free-to-Play!"
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November 5

Update 15 – Gondor Aflame

Experience the new race-class: the Beorning.
Troubled times now force Beorn’s Kin out of hiding to join with the Free Peoples in their final stand against Sauron. Channel aspects of the bear as you fight alongside your allies: the strength of the Hide, the ferocity of the Claw, or the inspiration of the Roar. Build your wrath and decimate your foes with the new Beorning Class!

The Dawnless Day Looms over Central Gondor

Ringló Vale
Drive back Saruon’s encroaching shadow. Dangerous creatures spilling from the mountains have brought pain and suffering to this once-peaceful vale. The change and fear in the air only emphasizes that it is now your responsibility to be the Beacon of Hope in this difficult time.

Dor-en-Ernil
Stabilize Aragorn’s war effort. Raids from Corsairs and their frightening Half-troll allies have thrown the supply chains into chaos. Face off against these towering enemies and locate the missing leaders, if they even yet live.

Lebennin
Make ready for the siege of Pelargir! Ally yourself with the Rivermaidens, powerful water-spirits who keep watch over the waterways. Prepare a foothold for Aragorn’s vanguard to launch their assault on the occupied port city.

New: Retaking Pelargir
Take up arms in the first-ever offensive Epic Battle! Fight alongside elite warriors as Isildur’s heir seeks to drive Sauron’s allies from Pelargir. Utilize the skills you honed at Helm’s Deep to retake the strategic port for the Free Peoples.

To view the full list of release notes, please visit our forums:

EN: Update 15 Release notes
FR: Update 15 Release notes
DE: Update 15 Release notes

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September 15

LOTRO Update 14.2 - The Dead Marshes

The Dead Marshes
• The Steward of Gondor has sent Artamir, son of Ilcamir, to the Dead Marshes on a mysterious errand. Unfriendly eyes have tracked him to that vile swamp, and your quest is to hurry him on before his presence causes great mischief to another important mission…

• Did Frodo and Sam come this way? After concluding Artamir’s story, engage in a sessionplay experience to learn what befell the two hobbits as they crossed the Dead Marshes in the company of their treacherous guide…

New Collection system!
• Track your collections of steeds, pets, even different chickens and other objects throughout all of Middle-earth!

To view the full list of release notes, please visit our forums:
English: Update 14.2 Release Notes
French: Update 14.2 Release Notes
German: Update 14.2 Release Notes

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Reviews

“The stunning visuals and the gorgeous realisation of a much-loved fantasy world are simply second to none in this genre; the brilliant storytelling and incredibly dramatic scripted events, equally, stand apart from the competition in every way.”
Eurogamer
“a sublime MMO experience”
Gamespy
“Gorgeous vistas, atmosphere and details continue to bring this game alive.”
IGN

About This Game

In The Lord of the Rings Online™, join the world’s greatest fellowship of players in the award-winning online re-creation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle-earth. From the crumbling, shadowed ruins of Weathertop to the ageless, golden wood of Lothlórien, immerse yourself in Middle-earth as you have never seen it before. Visit the peaceful, verdant fields of the Shire, brave the dark depths of the Mines of Moria, and raise a pint at the Prancing Pony in Bree!

Key Features:


  • Explore the Massive World of Middle-earth: Immerse yourself in the award-winning recreation of the beloved fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien through renowned locations including the Shire, the Mines of Moria, and Lothlórien.
  • Create & Advance Your Hero: Advance to level 75 with thousands of character customization possibilities. 4 races, 9 classes, 10 professions, 7 vocations, plus over 1,000 titles, skills and traits
  • Solo & Co-op Skirmishes: Dive into instant adventure alongside friends or customizable AI soldiers in exciting, scalable battles!
  • Legendary Items: Design and customize your own legendary weapons of immense power like Bilbo’s Sting or Gandalf’s Glamdring!
  • Play as a Monster: Fight as a servant of Sauron against other players in intense PvMP Combat!
  • Craft Your Own Gear: Farm crops in the fertile fields of the Shire or let your hammer ring in the Dwarven halls Ered Luin.
  • Free Online Play: No monthly fees required.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz or AMD Equivalent
    • Memory: 1GB (2GB for Windows Vista)
    • Hard Disk Space: 12 GB (+3 GB for international clients)
    • Video Card: at least 128MB Onboard graphics memory
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Internet Connection: Cable or DSL Connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.66 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 20 GB (+3 GB for international Clients)
    • Video Card: 512MB dedicated discrete card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Internet Connection: Cable or DSL Connection
    Minimum
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 25 GB of available space
    • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
    • Sound: Integrated Sound
    Recommended
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 25 GB of available space
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce GT 650M or better
    • Sound: Integrated Sound
Helpful customer reviews
61 of 87 people (70%) found this review helpful
255.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
As a fan of the LOTR series, this game is pretty damn good for those who are heavilyyyyyyy invested in the series. Those who read the books will not be disappointed. Those who watched the movies? You'll probably be confused but eventually you'll get along just fine with the story.

The story is amazing for this game. The storytelling, your character's involvement, it's all amazing.

At the same time, however, there are 100 levels to grind through, and if you're f2p, you're REALLY screwed. Yes, everyone can get to 100, but f2ps will have a hard time come around the level 20-25 area when sidequests become unavailable, as they require a pack. What does that mean? That means that for every region of the game past level 20-25 will only have the storyquestline, nothing more. And the story quest line, just like all other MMORPG's, only give you so much XP.

So where does that leave you? That leaves you to purchase either a region for it's quest (Worth or not worth depending on which quest pack you buy) or to buy a bunch of XP boosts (Somewhat worth, but that's a lot of dough...)

That being said, I'm an RPer. I like to RP. This game has a pretty damn good RP community. If you're an RPer and a fan of the LOTR series, you won't be disappointed as long as you join an RP server.

Most people say this game is "Pay-To-Win", but it really isn't. Competitive play in this game is rather limited, which Turbine has decided to implement PvMP to try and compensate for this loss, or "Player vs Monster Player", WHICH you can only get to at a really high level (75, I believe).

Time is a huge factor in this game. You really need to grind skirmishes (equivalent of raids or dungeons) in order to level up if you're f2p.

So overall, I wouldn't recommend the game to non-RPers. It just doesn't really seem worth it to me. However, if you ARE an RPer, then I would definitely recommend it.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1,201.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
A well-balanced mmorpg based on the works of Tolkien. You'll recognise many places and people from the novels (or movies).
Until recently I played, very happily, as F2P. There are several regions which have their quests unlocked and other quest packs and services can be unlocked using Turbine Points which can be easily gained ingame by completing deeds.
A lot of people pay for 1 months VIP subscription for the permanent unlocks it gives, but I love the game so much I decided to go VIP to put some money back into a game that satisfies all my mmo needs. Awesome cosmetic/wardrobe options, great crafting system, beautiful places to explore and I love achievements & titles!
I haven't covered the raiding/endgame or PVM (player vs monster) as I haven't been involved with those. But the PVM, where you can create a monster race player & fight other players in the Ettenmoors sounds like a lot of fun.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
PROS
-Middle-Earth atmosphere, which is loyal to the original books, not the movies (we can see Radagast, Thranduil, Thorin etc. Even Tom Bombadil!)
-Crafting system
-Quests are rarely mediocre.
-Good at Raids, Dungeons and Events

CONS
-COMBAT SYSTEM!
-Ask for real money too much.
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48 of 87 people (55%) found this review helpful
196.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Played this game for a bit, I've got to say the graphics are amazing for the time it came out. A bit outdated now, while this game is seemily f2p in reality it's not really. F2P only takes you so far, until around 38-42. From then on you run out of quests and the grind is so tedious and boring makes you want to quit. But no fret! You can get quests, by buying all the expansions or VIP. Lets not forget you Turbine Points basically become essential mid game.

To top it off, getting a 4 man dunegon let alone 6. Is a nightmare even on the most populated servers unless you are near max level. Because hardly anyone is leveling new characters. The solo grind is beyond lonesome.

If you are genuinely interested in playing this game 1-40 then go ahead, it's a good testing margin to see if you like the game enough to invest in the expansions and VIP account. But as far as 'free' goes, that's where the game basically ends.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
107.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game has just about everything from Middle Earth; not just The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, but all of the history of Middle Earth. I love playing a melee in this game; no nearfing melees here.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Good Game Rate Up +
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This is a game you must play if you like mmorpg's
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I played beta and launch of this game... there was a lot of potential and it was very pretty at the time of launch- especially considering it was competing with the very cartoony look of WoW. There were some really interesting, unique features to the game as well as beautiful environments that were neat to explore as part of LotR lore...

I popped back into the game, just to check out the f2p spin and see how things have evolved. On the upside, the game doesn't suck and all of my characters were still there. The down-sides, however, unfortunately, make me not recommend it. From my perspecitve, the game hasn't evolved (possibly de-volved), is a bit dated, continues to be a bit clunky, and is still not quite intuitive (coming from a veteran MMO player: EQ, SWG, WoW, Vanguard, Eve, AoC, CoH/V, DC Universe, D&DO, ESO, Entropia, SWTOR, blah blah blah).

Most importantly, it seems barren now... so, if I want a LotR fix I'll just play one of the quality single player titles to get the same jolt... or maybe Skyrim. If I want a solid MMO (with actual players to interact with) to swing a sword around in, I'd spend my time and money on ESO or WoW. But, for other people, I guess if you really hate on WoW or ESO for whatever reason and really need an MMO fix in a similar genre or are REALLY into LotR and are willing to pay to play, it might be worth it.

All of that said, it really is free to play at the start- so trying it and not liking it will only cost you the time to download, the space on your hard drive (temporarily), and however much time you put in. If you have time to burn and enjoy spending it trying new things, it probably won't be a waste.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
254.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Played for a long time, it's fun if you have friends to play with. As of late solo play has become nearly impossible. Just wish they'd make PVP better. Overall it's a fun experience.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
128.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
You either need big wallet or much time to earn TP so you can buy quest packs, anyway good game
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
First...
What is a video game ?
Why do I play a video game ?

A Game is basically an entertaining activity, some are more stimulating than others, and some stimulate reactions over concentration. If you get this logic right; you can discover a whole world of possibilities through video games. Someone could just decide to create a "goat Simulator" for fun (and you would pretend to be a goat), or create a Massive Multiplayer Game where everybody interacts with each other to accomplish goals in the game.

There is a myriad of games out there today and some will tickle you to play, based on your interests of course.

About Lord of the Rings Online :

1st. Interests:
Yes I am interested in the Lord of the Rings lore. I like the Medieval style, the powerful evil, the hobbits, the elves, the faith, the glory, the flowers, name it. I read the complete story years ago, way before the movies. Am I a complete sold out and corrupt Lord of the rings fan ? Nope, not at all. I just like the writing style and the human-side, possibly believable logic-reality-fantasy, story of it all.

2nd. The Genre:
MMO. I am not a MMO FAN, in fact, I hate MMO's. They are a repeatable-similar-cut-and-paste infinite same thing said differently, lather repeat. This type of game is kinda of free-roaming-reading do the same thing. The story is vaguely known, the sense of it is tasteless. Just roam, talk to someone and pretend it is fun. Now that's my point. (Lord of the GATHErings I called it back in my debut)

3rd. Entertainment:
Is Lotro entertaining? Well... I must say that something was entertaining, and still is... after playing this type of game for so long now... and still playing it !
What happened to my anti-MMO player side ? It got impressed !!

The cutscenes were a nice feature that propels you directly into the current conflict (linked to the departure of the fellowship...and following right down in their footsteps is totally great. The feeling of being part of the LOTRO world was achieved greatly with all those characters and storyline. The sense of my character being known to this fake-world was cool. There is also an outrageous number of QUESTS ! From main quests, side quests, skill quests, deeds quests, trait quests to crafting quests, I am probably forgeting some.. there is so much.

Yes, the graphics are now outdated even with full DirectX11. But it doesn’t get you out of the story that much. If you like the Lore, you will probably find it cartoony acceptable.

What was the most entertaining to me, was the fact that I can take out the time I want in the LOTRO world to do whatever I wish. Roleplay with some stangers, do quests, craft, manage my house and garden decorations, look up the price of some useless item that some people desire. (Of course, in other MMO's you can also lose your time the way you want) But the most appreciable assets in those moments; The sounds !
Everytime I hooked up my headphones.. I was submerged in the wild environment, the ambiance and the tension felt everywhere in the wilderness.
LOTRO convinced me where no other MMO could. The sound ! Especially in Moria... this is where it all began down the hill for me... I became a LOTRO FAN :) in Moria.
Before that, It was Lord of the Gatherings !
I hopped in from time to time with a friend or two... running beside them and trying to follow up their leveling. Which was a pain ! Since they were so much into it and were leveling Fast in VIP mode.

OK Now we get to VIP and the Free to Play thing.
YES, before... believe it or not. IT was not FREE. You had to pay the game, and subscribe for the experience. I was not playing at that time.
It then became f2p. Which is a matter of attracting new players to try the game and hopefully, make them pay to achieve their pleasure.

It is FREE totally up to lvl 20... then you get the point, that if you want to continue and level up... or have some fun in this world, you will have to grind a lot of time to achieve some goals and earn some turbine points (In game store currency) to buy some useful needed quests pack or stuff. Yup, it’s a business world, where programmers need to eat, and infrastructure guys needs funds to host the game on Technical Horsepower, If you want a free computer, free energy, free internet, free games... well... Then you better get out and change this world to accept FREE as a currency.
In the meantime, you won’t have any time left to play your favorite game, you will probably be outside growing your food and waiting the harvest to exchange some for... lets say... a computer! :)

Is this game entertaining? YES, to me it is! And it is well worth some money. I bought some Turbine points with real money when there was a double bonus points event... and then waited for the 30-50% rebate on quests pack that comes along once or twice a year... It was well worth the ride. (More than VIP)

4th factor: Replayability:
Yes you can replay over and over again. Let’s say with another character. There is so much quests... that you can probably live a lot of adventures in a completely different manner.
The rest will be similar, in traits, deeds, skills and all with a slight new flavor. It's the same Game.

5th factor. Price over time spent:
If you pay 60$ per year for the new call of duty and you only play the campaign like me... well it is a shame. The game is much more satisfying online versus people. You can frag for a full year ! 60$ for 300 hours of game play.
But for me... Since 3d Shooters is not my Main Genre, I play the campaign for 15 hours, do some LAN party with friends... and then put it on the shelf. 60$ for 40 hours ! Not the most satisfying purchase.
In LOTRO, I spent about 70$ and got... if one level is 3-4 hours roughly... 320 hours since 2010 and I am not done at all with my purchases ! (Played with independent Client)
It is well worth the run.

If you are a Lord of the Rings enthusiast, you will probably like it even more. Besides that, it is well balanced in simplicity and complexity and its pace follows comfortably your period of learning the game.
It's a MMO, you may be charmed by the genre or you may hate it. But from an adventurous point of view, even with my hate of MMO, I still have fun in this game.

Conclusion, LOTRO is good, and for myself, my adventures continue mainly because of the subject world; Lord of the Rings, and its outstanding engineering sounds that keeps me coming back into the woods.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
86.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This is NOT a free to play game. It's amazing, it really is, simply my favourite MMORPG. But if you want to play a free game, this is not a game for you.
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15 of 30 people (50%) found this review helpful
142.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
If you'd played this game during the early years, you'd have found yourself knee-deep in an amazingly well-crafted game world with rich source material and the best community the MMO genre has ever seen. Then F2P and WB happened and the game is a shell of what it used to be.

The free-to-play model quickly became pay-to-win and Warner Bros.' purchase of Turbine, Inc. only poured gasoline on the fire. Long-timers felt alienated because newbies could buy instantly what veterans worked months or years to get. The good part of the community abandoned the game and the floodgates were opened to casuals. In addition, the level cap stagnated at 65 for what felt like years, and the quality of the expansions has steadily decreased since 2008's Mines of Moria.

Turbine also spent years creating content that had next to nothing to do with LOTR, as if their creative license was somehow superior to the near-endless actual source material they had to work with. We weren't actually going anywhere the characters went in Lord of the Rings. Whether you were invested in LOTRO for the lore, the community, or otherwise, Turbine steadily whittled away any reason a long-term player had for sticking around.

It hurts to say it, but to any potential new players considering giving this game a shot: you missed the boat by several years. You've got nothing to lose by giving LOTRO a try, but the game you'd be playing is a shadow of the game that existed from 2007 to 2010.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I LOVE THIS GAME BECAUSE YOU CAN
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
It WAS a really good game that eventually lost touch with most of the older playerbase... not to mention p2w features, which, according to devs were just there for covenience since you could get them grinding for a couple of years as well. And then there were the... well... people who took advantage of a lack of banning. What about getting a fully buffed PvP monster character in one week (something that playing by the rules usually takes a year or more, five years in the old system).
Played it for a good four years before I quit. Yes it is Tolkien, Yes it is LotR... but it became tedious with no real challenge (soloing raids anyone), borked updates, broken characters getting fixed then broken again the next day. As in all MMOs there are fixes and changes made all the time... yet time after time Turbine managed to brake things, or fixed things that weren't broken. Or introduced an extremely silly grind to reduce the grind needed to get maxed out buff. And lets not even talk about the lack of raids... If you look for a serious MMO you should look elsewhere, not even the fact that this is ME will save it
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
252.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
huge world, lotsa grinding if you no pay money, other than just the grind for turbine points de game is epic as fuaq and is still epic today (probz wus better back in the day in 2007 and such)
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Good game but there's many other mmorpg's which are more up to date liker RIFT, Runes of Magic, Tera, etc.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
very good
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Great game
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