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 (2,364 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 6, 2012

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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
654 of 945 people (69%) found this review helpful
34.2 hrs on record
Where do I start with this game? Once upon a time, it was a thriving title with a fantastic future. Somewhere along the line, the Riders of Rohan pulled away, Gondor's Men retreated back to Minas Tirith, The Hobbits holed up in the Green Dragon and the Elves left for the West.

To put it honestly, the change to free to play is what started the death toll for Lord of the Rings Online. Instead of being able to be a part of Middle-earth, you are met with "BUY THINGS FROM OUR STORE" every chance Turbine can get. This is not a "free to play" title. Quest packs are required in order to progress and with the new expansion you are also required to pay for the epic quest line - something Turbine once promised would never be part of the pay to play experience.

It's a shadow of what it once was. The engine is in desperate need of upgrading and the feeling of being a part of Tolkien's Middle-earth is gone. Even the cosmetic, housing and music system feels old and outdated. Give LotRO a skip and hang your head for a moment of silence for the game it was.
Posted: May 21
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111 of 166 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
This game is pretty fun, but I found that in order to have a really good time you need to buy the new worlds.

It's full of action, adventure, and you can make a lot of new friends that can help you in hard parts of this game.

I found you can also earn points to buy the worlds by playing the game, which makes it a fun challenge.

I also love that you can kill the goblins, trolls, minions, etc.

Good game overall!
Posted: July 1
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87 of 127 people (69%) found this review helpful
243.1 hrs on record
This game has had many ups and downs but that's what you get when you have a F2P game that used to be P2P. My personal favorite part of the game is there is absolutely NO requirement to spend real life money to get everything the game has to offer. Just grind the turbine points, if you dont know how, then the great and powerful google has all the answers. Definitely give it a try, you can't go wrong.
Posted: July 29
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60 of 91 people (66%) found this review helpful
323.0 hrs on record
Sometimes the best thing in the world is a quiet walk from Michel Delving to Bywater. Absolutely worth it just for that.
Posted: July 29
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40 of 57 people (70%) found this review helpful
584.2 hrs on record
I would have recommended this game a year or two ago. But they keep adding stupid ways to get people to pay and complicate the game. They keep adding several new things to character development and makes it so complicated i wouldn't even bother with learning it just so they can get you to spend more cash to unlock upgrades in them. They break promises about the main questline remaining F2P. Quality of quests are also dropping.

In short: AVOID, this game was good but now it's just becoming a pay to win fest.
Posted: August 6
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294 of 346 people (85%) found this review helpful
244.6 hrs on record
It has a slightly different view on the genre than WoW, more story-orientated, and slow paced, but still a very fun game. I can only recommend it to LotR fans, because it features faithful renditions of the original locations, characters and monsters of the books/movies. The skills, talents ('traits') and upgradable legendary weapons give more depth to the already satisfying combat.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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