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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Mostly Positive (119 reviews) - 77% of the 119 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (5,180 reviews) - 81% of the 5,180 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!

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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 (119 reviews)
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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
( 42.2 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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Darkii
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I started playing this game when I was a lot younger with my best friend at the time. He was lvl 13 when I started. He took me into his Kinship house and made me drink the beer. Suddenly when I awoke , I was in the deep mines of moria having only just of completed the tutorial. There was lvl 50 enemies running after me when suddenly some random Hunter guy came and saved me. He then escorted me for 4 hours all the way back to Archet as I didnt have a horse. That is how nice the community is on this game. 10/10 would fill up my HD again.
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Deidara
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Wow. This game was beyond horrible. The graphics sucked. The controls sucked. Can't pick items up and hardly anything you kill gives you stuff. I have no clue why this game had a decent rating on the introductory page. It also took FOREVER to download mind you for how simple and horrible it was. Let me say this now. It literally took longer to download than Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited... Sooooo not worth it. Never will be. I wouldn't spend a dime on this game. F*ck that...
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annykuk
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The best online game ever!
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Rubiesd
( 1,521.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Been bad for about five years. This new raid will have it go from either Bad (its current state) to aweful or mediocre. This is the game you'd want to have played 8 years ago, but now, there are much better options in mmorpgs. I am playing this game because I am one of the original players from 2007. Until I find a new mmorpg, I'll stay here, but I do not recommend people buying this game at this point in time. I already bought it, so I might as well play it.
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Theopal
( 233.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
One of the best game i've ever played. I have spent over 500 hours on this game and i highly recommend it...
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Rhyok
( 29.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I am a returning player who played LoTRO at time of launch and had many fun times playing with family and friends. I decided to start fresh with a new account and started leveling a couple toons. The game and lore are awesome, it has gone casual but for the amount of time I have to throw at a game like this being not so Mt. Dew extreme allow a more relaxing entertainment experience. If you just want a fun game to go PvP in or surf new content only then I would not recommend this game. However if you want a hint of old school MMO with a good community and not really interested in level hurdling to new content then this game is worth a play to at least level 30. I've seen a number of gripes about the cash shop, however you do not need to spend a ton of cash to have an entertaining experience with this game. It seems that way if you want totally free but I am not naive to think game developers live off good comments and troll hugs. I threw a few bucks at the steam DLC, picked up the 3 month sub for 30 bucks and having fun!
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<>KingSausage<>
( 61.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I brought like 20 friends to this game, we got a kingship, we have our own way of electing fellowship leaders which can lead us where they want, and its free (for the most part). Great game i give 9/10!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
165 of 184 people (90%) found this review helpful
93 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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22 of 23 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 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,799.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Still good, just a little quieter.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I like gandalf
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.5 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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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Recommended
4,896.7 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
184.4 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
101.6 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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2 of 2 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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