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 (2,512 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
18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
106.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Amazing Game, Friendly Community, and It also convinced me to be a LOTR fan
The World is Massive and full of Adventure
Although you can play alone, It's a crack ton of fun when you play with a fellowship
Plus, There are no trolls ruining your game
Best MMO I've ever played
20 pop tarts out of 16 oreos
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
93.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Day 43, the Dwarves still dont know i'm a Hobbit in heavy armor. Only thing they complain about is my "weak beard".
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
105.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I played LOTRO for about a year when it first came out and just returned to it 5 days ago. I was a bit concerned about it going F2P because most games that do that pretty much design it as Free to Win or design it in a manner that gives those that shell out the big bucks an unfair advantage. Fortunately LOTRO didn't go that route. You can play this game and never spend a penny because you earn points within the game to spend on unlocking material and servives. Sure it comes easier and quicker to those willing to pay for the points but if you don't mind grinding some then you can bypass spending real money. LOTRO to me also did a great job with the immersion factor. You feel like you are a part of Middle Earth. While the graphics don't hold up to the latest titles, LOTRO is still a great game and worth trying. I'm hooked.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
205.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
245.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
8/10
It has it flaws, it gets grindy at times, but the storytelling and the landscapes are superb
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
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
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
514.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I've played this game for over 500hrs now. It's Extremely addictive if you like MMORPG's.. Well worth a gander!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
i love this game, play it, i recomend it, its awsome.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
375.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Isenguard bids five.

10/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
To much walking.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Great game
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Despite massive confusion on my part this a great game.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
52.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Can get drunk and pass out.
10/10 would play again
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Great MMO. I usually don't play mass multiplayer games, but this one is good!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
195.8 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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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
One of the great MMOs. Up their with Old Republic and WoW
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