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 (2,482 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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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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July 14

Now Available – Update 14: Paths of the Dead – Play for Free!

Update 14: Paths of the Dead
The Epic Story Continues!
Darkness lies in the East. As the army of Rohan musters to join the forces of Gondor, Aragorn forges ahead through the Paths of the Dead. Follow his path to seek justice and stability for the Realms of Men. As the leaders in Western Gondor answer the call of Gondor and head east, a dark force takes advantage of their absence. Adventure through 5 new levels of Epic Story and beautiful landscapes as you put your legend to the test!

3 New Regions

Blackroot Vale
Mountain towns hold strong after the Army of the Dead has marched through the Vale. Threats from the mountains and from the valley remain. Is there something at work here? Or is this merely the wilds acting amiss? These people need your help.

Lamedon
Farming villages lay quiet in the deep valleys on your path to Dol Amroth. Working their land has made them blind to the dangers that have seized their shores. Corsairs have made their way north and now, more than ever, pose a real threat to the people in this region. Can you help them stem the tide?

Belfalas
The Ocean lies near. The abandoned Elven village of Edhellond awaits your gaze and Dol Amroth, the stronghold in this area, awaits your sword. The beaches stir as ships dock, bringing more Corsairs ashore. The air in Dol Amroth, however, is calm. Few know what is truly upon them.

Essence System
New slotted equipment can be found throughout Middle-earth! Upgrade these armor pieces with Essences that hold great power. Find Essences, or craft them using elements you find in your travels!

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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

PC
Mac
    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
12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Most accurate hobbit simulator ever.
Posted: September 25
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
As a veteran of MMOs (and MUDs before that) I would have to recommend this game for several reason.

-F2P: Its actually free to play. The RMT (real money trade) store items are mostly cosmetic. There are some that effect gameplay convenience wise. However, the RMT currency (Turbine Points) can be also earned in game in many different ways. Basically, the game gives you RMT currency as a side result of playing.

-The Community. The community is not the typical MMO trollfest. MOST players you come across are more than willing to lend a hand, give advice or even (sometimes) free items etc. They are very friendly and generally tend to help the new players out.

-Social MMO. Despite this game having boatloads of grindy combat like any other MMO, there are many unique social aspects to this game. Making/playing your own musical instruments in a band, player/guild housing etc.

-Massive world. The gameworld in this is rather big. While certain areas are locked out until you purchase the expansion, there are equivalent zones for the free (budget) player.

-Customer Support is very ... human. And tends to be helpful with the player rather than absolute sticklers to policy.

-Mounted Combat/Legendary Weapons/Raids/Dungeons/Crafting/Typical MMO stuff etc., etc.,

CONS:

-I had performance issues on my budget laptop. The game can get very laggy with xpacs and infusion of players.

-WoW ruined any mmo without flying mounts ><

TL:DR give it a spin if you like mmos. While it doesn't break any new ground in the genre it is a solid game with unique social aspects.
Posted: September 25
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
I will start off with a few good points as to why i would recommend this game (Only slightly) to people who enjoy mmos with a already created universe. The game does a pretty good job at recreating the lotr universe of Middle-Earth or at least it did at one point. For you see it would seem the worlds are almost empty, If you are thinking of just playing cusually then get ready to grind like hell to get the turpine points to buy most of the items you need in-game. For example you need turpine points to buy the riding skill early game and alot of the other good cosmetic items, but dont get me wrong i like how you can actually get the coins with out having to pay real money it will just take a long time to get them. With the Semi pay-to-win out of the way there is the problem of the servers drying up, beacuse if you are wanting to get into this game now unless you are starting with someone get ready to walk the halls alone. There are a good amount of pros and cons to cover aslso

-Pros
-well crafted maps
-decent gaming community
-not entirely pay-to-win
-story with an interesting twist
-crafting is rather good

-Cons
-close to empty servers
-lots of grinding for "turbine points"
-some glitches (though what games don't)
-armour doesn't have the greatest apeal in the looks

The lists can go on for both but that is always up to the indivual person, because i have found you can't always go off of reviews you have to figure out if you like the game yourself. That being said i wrote this just to educate the people who might want to start playing this game and hopefully turbine might see this and lay off the pay-to-win a little but. So all in all it is rather fun, i guess i might have something to do with my love for Lotr.
Posted: October 16
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
I used to play this game A LOT (back in Shadow of Angmar days) and I witnessed the switch to F2P, which slowly started killing the game. Recently I installed it again just to check up on it and some friends I used to play with. The experience was rather traumatic. My kin (in the past one of the bigger kins on Eldar: Lorebreakers) merely a shadow of its former glory. People say it's difficult to get a party of 6 to do an instance (let alone the buggy raids). Turbine Points required wherever you go and click. Turbine and WB finally succeeded in butchering a great game it used to be. Such a shame.
Posted: October 18
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
106.7 hrs on record
LotRO is a free-to-play (f2p) game that is set in the world of Middle-earth which was created by the Father of Modern Fantasy himself, J.R.R Tolkien. LotRO (Lord of the Rings Online) is as it's name suggests - it is based around the time of the Lord of the Rings and features a lot of the War of the Ring. First of all, let me talk about races and classes. There are four races which are Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits and the Race of Men which you get to decide on when your making your own character. Then there are the nine classes: Burglar, Captain, Champion, Hunter, Guardian, Lore-master, Minstrel, Rune-keeper and Warden (the last two you need to pay with turbine points or get via Mines of Moria expansion though). The game throws you into the tutorial (not litterally :P) and into it's main storyline.

Depending on what race you choose you are in the tutorial (Dwarves and Elves go to Thorin's Halls, Men and Hobbits go to Archet). And once you complete the tutorial, it is pretty much a free world for you. You can craft on LotRO (litterally some players - all they ever do is craft), you can quest and level or do the epic quests (there's other stuff too but they are the main stuff). Throughout LotRO, you become a hero-of-sorts. You are in the background of the main events and have your own story to tell and act out as you fight the evils of the Witch King, Saruman and Sauron. Overall, I really recommend the game to all Middle-earth fans or a fan of MMOs. Of course, the game does have some problems such as PvMP. Give the game a try but I do have to note that you do need a bit of patience as at the start it (may) seem a little boring but becomes more fun and interesting after about the first 20 levels (isn't that much and hard to get too). So, yeah I give the gaves a thumbs up and 4 out of 5 stars.
Posted: October 13
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
:D
Posted: September 25
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
This game is the most amazing mmo ive ever played im a tolkien fan and a big lotr nerd so my oppinion may be biased but i love this game
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.0 hrs on record
I liked this game a lot when I played it, its has a good mix of lore and questing. It can get a bit repetitive though. I give it a 8/10
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
i love this game, play it, i recomend it, its awsome.
Posted: October 12
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
42.5 hrs on record
Ive never played this game. Those 42 hours you see? All DL time.

11/10 GOTY 1956
Posted: September 25
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
372.3 hrs on record
Isenguard bids five.

10/10.
Posted: October 1
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
514.0 hrs on record
I've played this game for over 500hrs now. It's Extremely addictive if you like MMORPG's.. Well worth a gander!
Posted: October 4
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
To anyone who is a fan of lotr books or movie it is great because you can roam the world and it is based off the book and is accurate but is also difficult to level past 32 if you have no quest pack
Posted: October 11
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Awesome Game haha
Posted: October 13
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
245.2 hrs on record
8/10
It has it flaws, it gets grindy at times, but the storytelling and the landscapes are superb
Posted: October 12
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Despite massive confusion on my part this a great game.
Posted: October 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
52.0 hrs on record
Can get drunk and pass out.
10/10 would play again
Posted: October 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
205.3 hrs on record
While the game itself isnt that great, what keeps bringing me back to LOTRO is the community, never met a more freindly community then the community surrounding LOTRO
Posted: October 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Great MMORPG. It is surpising that they don't make you pay for it. Aside from the out dated graphics there is much fun to be had.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Great MMO. I usually don't play mass multiplayer games, but this one is good!
Posted: October 16
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