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:
Recent:
Mostly Positive (145 reviews) - 72% of the 145 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (5,191 reviews) - 81% of the 5,191 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 6, 2012

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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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And as always, thank you for being a Citizen of Middle-earth!

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April 12

Update 18 is Live and Available!

The Battle of Pelennor Fields call brave adventures forward. Your time is now! Bring the Rohirrim South and play your part in one of the largest battles in Middle-earth. Battle new foes, mission with old friends, and make a stand against the horde of an Army of Mordor.

  • Level Cap Increase +5
  • 3 New Instances
  • 70+ Quests and Deeds for Level 100+ Players
  • New Weekly Instances
  • and more!

Read more about what awaits here:
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Find out what's new in the store:
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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
Customer reviews
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Mostly Positive (145 reviews)
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Jesper Skoog
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
i haven't played this and don't own it but my queue says i should write a review for it

10/10 elf girls are hot thx tolks
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Ocean
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Wait, I owned this?
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Patrick0512
( 242.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
On Steam i only have some 200h but that because i only recently downloaded it on steam. In truth ive been playing this game for over 6 years. I recommend this game to everyone, may not have the most amazing graphics in comparison to some of the new games that came out, but its story line, and huge map is amazing 10/10.
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C0dYTh3Pr0QuickSc0p3r
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
♥♥♥♥ing Legit 10/10
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Paulkoyal
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
so far the game has been a blast love being a dwarf
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ProCrazyTG
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Great game lots fun and things to do
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Soundcloud.com/NeecoTheArrow
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Graphics:
The people that are saying this game is dated or doesn't look good are playing on medium. Especially if you are able to take advantage of DSR or other similar technologies and run on high to ultra-high, this game still looks AMAZING! Just be patient and tinker with it.
Gameplay:
Combat mechanics won't blow you away, but that's not what traditional MMO's are for anyway. HOWEVER, the way each class plays is VERY unique and interesting if you take the time to learn them, thus making the combat feel less clunky than it probably is.
Leveling:
Questing is similar to the snatch and grab MMO model; however, a good bit of story and random traveling is incorporated as well (in a good way) to allow you to explore a bit and familiarize you with what is happening around you, story-wise. You are eligible for instanced content at level 10 but don't expect to jump right into a group instance because it won't happen, the low levels are populated but you level so quickly most people don't even think about instances until they are eligible for skirmishes (skirmishes are so ♥♥♥♥)
End-game Content:
There is plenty to do at end-game; however, like any other MMO, it will take you some time to coordinate and find a group for any serious content completion, BUT the potential to do so is definitely there.
Community:
Best of any MMO I've ever seen, players are constantly offering up items for free to newer players, quick to hand out advice, and most of them, excited to help you on your journey throughout middle earth.

TL;DR -- DO NOT let the bad reviews prevent you from downloading this game. If you are TRULY a fan of traditional-style MMO's (think WoW) you will most definitely enjoy yourself. The players complaining about things being "slow", "dated" or "clunky" merely do not know how to configure their settings for the game to run properly on their system.
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Redmusic
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
NEVERMIND THE HOURS: I have at least 2,000 off of Steam.

This game is amazing. I've been playing this for a long time and have built up quite a nostalgic value for it. The controls aren't the best for an MMO, compared to a polished game such as WoW, etc. BUT, I've loved the LotR series for as long as I can remember. If you are a fan of LotR at least a bit, I definitely recommend it.

As said the controls aren't as polished as WoW, but there are some unique features to the game. Along with specialization, there are traits and virtues that add just that much more to the game.
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D1CKYPR0ST41NT
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Not a very good game not really entertaining I love the lotr triliogy but this is no where near as good controls are difficult aswell 4/10
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K Ξ N
( 66.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Son was harassing some random hobbit gets slapped by the hobbit then gets banned hours later 10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
185 of 208 people (89%) found this review helpful
100 people found this review funny
Recommended
125.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Met a girl through this game. Got married. Left job and everything behind in Serbia and moved to Finland. All thanks to LotRO.

Edit: Disregard hours here, I have few thousands hours outside of Steam.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
LOTRO reminds me WOW, but just the fact of being set in the fantastic world created by J. R. R. Tolkien is already an incentive to play it.This game is a fun (and FREE) MMO, so invite your friends andwelcome to the Middle-earth!
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
4,922.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I legit hate this game, but I can't stop playing it.....someone help me.....
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Still, after 9 years since game has been lounched it's one of the best mmorpg's ever made. Only the fact, game is still active, with still added content make this game such as unique as every mmo player need. I have played since closed beta, now i have over 1600 hours spent in this game (counted ingame time), my guild is still active after that much years after. Yes, only with a few elder members, but still ..
Graphics dont look like an high end title, but ye ... it still isn't trash. Much of key features fot times when game was new, like hobbies, great farming, nice crafting, exping of weapons, raising your own horse, housing for everyone not only for high lvl players. A lot of games after has tried to use these philosophies from lotro with theyr own little inovations.
It's the only mmorpg what i have still instaled, all these 9 long years and i'm still loging back. Not for long gaming sessions, I'm now 32 years old grandpa :D But for strong bond with this game, great sceneries, lovely soundtrack and a cup of nostalgia for sunday afternoons. I know, for today's young players is a lot of new games for chose from, with high end graphics etc. But in this game, you've got 9 years of ading quest with no "clicktobehighestlvl" like in wow = months of questing, months of collecting, months of making deeds, months of making your unique named and stated weapon, etc. Try it with your friends for the best experience. I will put my arm into Saurons fire if it will not be fun for you.
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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I like gandalf
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
185.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I played this game from open beta and loved it. After Mirkwood came out a few things in my life had me put LotRO on hold. I came back about 2 months ago and it feels like a different game. That being said, it's not a bad thing, just different from what I remember. Not dramatically different but enough to make it interesting. It is still one of the best MMOs I've ever played (going all the way back to Ultima Online before EA or whoever got a hold of it and ♥♥♥♥ed it all up).

The game follows the books pretty closely (and not the movies). So if you like Tolkien and are looking to get into a MMO, this is the right place for you. Even if you haven't read the books and just seen the Hobbit and Rings trilogies, there is enought in the game for you to say, "Ah, I remember that!"

The game is a little old but that doesnt take away from its charm. It being older means the the graphics are not all HD/3D/VR-esque but are not too bad in hindsight. The story and quests drive you to want to go to the next part of the game and leveling is not that bad. The quests make it interesting to the point that it doesn't feel like a constant grind. Not to say that there isn't a grinding element to it.....it is a MMO after all.

I'd give it a 9/10, just because I'm a fan of the books and they actually took the time to get it right.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I can play this on a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 HT with an ati 9600.

Mediun settings.

GG 10\10 I love this game
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
110.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Great story driven MMORPG that is very immersive. Also one of the very few MMOs that does Bards / Minstrels right.

The level scaling instances are amazing. Love leveling via skirmishes.

Needs more Aussie players on Crickhollow!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
222.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
One of the oldest and best MMOs out there. If you love stories in games this is a good choice. It has 100s of hours of stuff to do. The recent server consolidation means the worlds feel much busier and server choice isn't as important as it used to be. The game also has one of the nicest communities I've seen in any game. The free to play model is a bit unusual, it's not exploitative in any way but I'd recommend VIP for at least a month.

Now on the bad side: the graphics are a bit dated now but the landscapes can still be stunning. Combat animations are slow, which makes combat feel a bit sluggish. The game is also far too easy when levelling up, but this is fixed at higher levels.

Overall I'd highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Amazing game and very original.
Its an amazing open world rpg and the best parts is that it can run on bad pcs (like mine)
its really fun aswell and has a good story. i played it on other of my accounts and to be honest this is one of the best open world rpg's i've seen out there.
i give it a thumbs up.






what the hell you expected a ♥♥♥♥ing 10000 word review? are you ok in the head mate.
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