Join the world’s greatest fellowship of players in the award-winning online re-creation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle-earth.
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2012

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July 13

18.2.1 Release Notes

Introducing the new Stablemasters Collection: displays all Stable-masters you have discovered, and helps you find those you have yet to discover!

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May 16

Update 18.1 is now live

Update 18.1 brings update and fixes to quests, landscape content, combat, classes, and more. Read the release notes to learn all the details:

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“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.”
“a sublime MMO experience”
“Gorgeous vistas, atmosphere and details continue to bring this game alive.”

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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
90.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Good things:

+ Absolutely oozing with LoTR vibe
+ Beautiful landscape that vividly brings Middle-Earth to life
+ Beautiful music
+ Various small details that are so lore friendly(Prancing Pony Hobbit door, flies around lamps at night etc)
+ Beautiful sense of exploration
+ Crafting's traditional, but interesting. And actually useful unlike in many an MMO

Neutral things:

0 Servers only in USA
0 A lot of microtransactions(though you can help yourself if you know what to buy and when)
0 Pretty old school gameplay
0 Talent Trees(this one's completely in the eye of the beholder-imo they've done harm to the game with them, but then again they've potential and they do bring "choices, choices" to the forefront)

Bad things:

- Boring as hell(endless "kill x of y" with slow leveling and old school MMO combat-sorry LoTR IP can't save you from this one)
- Developers lying to players all the time(it happened at the very least 3 times during the lifespan and all of those decisions ruined the game - latest: EU datacentre)
- Easy difficulty + slow leveling = uh-oh.
- Developers don't really care about players(back to point 1)

I'll give it a thumbs up, but be VERY CAREFUL about those cons. It's basically a neutral score anyhow. Because the pros do outweigh the cons.

Fair's fair and it ought to remain as such.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
849.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
As a big fan of Lord of the Rings, i decided to play the MMO game version of it when I first came across with back in the summer of 2011.During my journeys throughout Middle-Earth I have met important personalities, visited many places and helped a lot of kind people. And I have enjoyed every minute of my adventure..

First of all, I have to congratulate the developers of Turbine for their effort in the creation of Middle-Earth. Following Tolkien's masterworks and using a little bit of their imagination, they created a world which is astonishing and different from any other game worlds. From the green plains of Shire to the icy peaks of Misty Mountains with the deep mines of Moria below them and even beyond, to the White City of Minas Tirith, capital of Gondor, each region offers a unique experience for the player. However the graphics are indeed a bit outdated and it might frustrate some people but that doesn't stop you from enjoying the graphical scenery of the game.

Another good thing about this game is it's variety of quests and tasks. I remember when i was fighting a Barlog in Angmar and the next moment I was at Shire, fishing at Brandywine to collect some fishes for a hobbit. Because adventure in games is not always about fighting epic monsters and bosses...Needless to say that your own personal story is so well merged in the story of the Fellowship of the Ring both chronically and aesthetically. I have to say that is a smart move from the developers that you are not declared as the chosen one or the savior of Middle-Earth from the very beginning. You are just one of the many folks out there who is eager for some adventure and wants to pursue his/her destiny ...Gradually you gain fame from your deeds and more and more people are pinning their hopes on you to purge Middle-Earth from evil.

LOTRO'S music and soundtracks is a strong feature of this game. There's a wide variety of songs here which elevate your gaming experience. Each region has their respective soundtracks which make the game even more atmospheric. You have to test it for yourself to see what I am talking about.

The overall gameplay experience is good. Crafting is an essential and rewarding part of the game. The combat system is enjoyable. You have a large amount of abilities with a variety of combos. LOTRO is by 99% a PvE game because is focusing on its story rather than the fighting. We all know what happens in the end. Good guys win, bad guys lose. Although the PvMP system , where you are playing as an servant or Sauron, is rather fascinating. The community is friendly and there are lots of players willing to participate in numerous instances. Furthermore, the deed system ( =achievements) rewards you with Turbine Points and other stuff ( points for buying things in store) if you are exploring the regions or killing more enemies.

Well, Turbine may be a little expensive ( don't let it mislead you with the F2P label) but in my opinion the pay system is quite handy. Apart from the subscription system where you are forced to pay once a month to have all the areas for free ( like in WoW), you can buy each region of Middle Earth from the store for an amount of money and then you can have it forever with all the quests and deeds of this area.

Personally, I was addicted to this game since the beginning. It is a very good MMORPG for all the LOTR-fans out there who have watched the films or read the books. But if you are not one of them, why don’t give it a try and join in an adventure throughout Middle-Earth?

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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
This is my most played game of all time, I put in over a 1000 hours before installing it via steam on my new computer. A beautiful recreation of Tolkien's world, full of well crafted characters and locations that blend seamlessly with the already established plot. Wouldn't reccommend to non-LOTR fans though. the best way to start with little cost is the Samwise Gamgee Starter Pack.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6,732.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
It's a game, try it. If you like it keep playing, if not then dont play it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
132.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Think the community is good, the questing is good... pretty awesome, just don't think of it as WoW
Enjoy it for what it is
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3,030.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Don't spend money on this game. Please
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
286.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
yeah i broke down after 70 hours of playing.. to finally buy the VIP Pass of the LOTRO. - Cause there is only a certain point ya can efficiently level up . But reallly there are 105 levels from what I am seeing.. Main suggestion to all new players who love the Epic Novels..

DO NOT RUSH the game by Powerleveling.. enjoy the ride. Really you get alot more out of it if you just be a part of the story and enjoy and absorb the LORE of the epic quests... take your time and enjoy this love of work.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
A friend of mine recently introduced me to Lord of the Rings (I had never seen it) which led to me getting this game. I have to say that I really enjoy it! I like the combat system because it's not overly complicated and many of the concepts within the game are easy to grasp, even to someone who is fairly new to the LOTR universe. I do sometimes struggle with things like the map, meaning I have a hard time going the right way. However, I believe that this is due to my being new at the game and I feel that I will get the hang of it as I continue to play this amazing game!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
637.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
People complain a great deal about The Lord of the Rings Online in how it isn't immersive with its dialogue, or lack thereof, and other rather old MMO elements. So World of Warcraft and Star Wars Galaxies were not great games either that followed this game doctrine?

LOTRO is an exceptional example of an MMO for fans of the books, movies, and newcomers alike. The player-base is smaller than others, but this leads to a community that is more friendly, and charitable. That is one of the best parts about this game also: the community. In LOTRO, you won't find many toxic people (At least, on my server, Crickhollow). I bought this game the day it came out, and have had the luxury to see how it evolved since then, and the toxocity has not increased much (but, this game is free, so expect some bad apples).

The MMO is also very relaxed, meaning that if you are used to super-competitive MMOs, and want to retreat from it all, LOTRO is a great game to relieve that built-up tension. The crafting system is also elaborate, and fun to do as well, with crafters even giving some of their finished work for free to players in need.

The attention to detail involving the world of Middle-Earth is very accurate to how J.R.R. Tolkien wrote it (not how Peter Jackson tried to erase it in the movies), with famous characters, places, and events all happening that fans read about. I can compare this to Star Wars Galaxies (RIP), where you are sort of "Along for the ride" with the major plot.

Overall, LOTRO is one of the best MMOs out there right now, if you don't want to remove your scarf and thick-framed glasses and play WoW (tried WoW, got bored of it the same way the people who gave this MMO negative reviews did). So many elements encompass the greatness of this rather obscure, and in some ways forgotten, MMO. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes MMOs, give it a shot, it is free after all!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
good game
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51.6 hrs
Posted: September 27
♥♥♥♥ing 10/10 wanna play again, but cant because it is dead
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5.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
If you don't pay, the game becomes like eat a hamburger without meat and ketchup
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17.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
well put together base of community meets LOTR lore , give it a try , game play and crafting is almost like swtor
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145.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
This is a great game. It has lots of content and if you liked the movies or books then you will find this game very nostalgic. Gameplay is exciting and there's lots to do. Give it a shot.
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861.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
Lord of the Rings Online is a must play for anyone that loves the world of Middle Earth, but the game itself is dated and suffers from a lack of cohesive game direction and meaningful new content.

Character classes are interesting and engaging, and feel decently varied, but combat overall feels sluggish. The game used to have a great dungeon/raid system, but this has largely been replaced by the lackluster Big Battle system.

Questing is largely comprised of standard kill and fetch quests, but the environments are varied and the storyline is a centerpoint. There isn't a meaningful catch up system though (unless you want to pay quite a bit of $$), so expect to spend quite a bit of time leveling if you're new to the game.

The graphics are beautiful but dated. Character creation is a bit lackluster, but the world itself is where the game really shines.

The music is excellent, and really captures the feeling of Middle Earth. At times it's a bit repetetive, but this is balanced by the ability to create your own music in game.
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440.9 hrs
Posted: September 26
great game
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
Okay, so I downloaded this game, which took a while. Once I had finally finished downloading it, I instantly played it and made my account.
I didn't get a chance to actually play the game as it was 11:00 at night. The next day I tried to play the game and it didn't work, I suspect it was that my computer must've been a bit slow at the time or to actually play the game requires a good computer that isn't as old as mine.
I'm going to try downloading this again on a newer computer that I have and see if it works. For now, though, if you have a computer that is a bit old, then maybe you shouldn't waste your time- otherwise, go for it!
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