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 (127 reviews) - 77% of the 127 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (5,311 reviews) - 81% of the 5,311 user reviews for this game are positive.
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!

Read the official release notes for more information on what has been updated with this release.

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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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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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Recent:
Mostly Positive (127 reviews)
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InnocentKiller
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
The developers of the game screwed it up so bad that they are litterally just rushing new content as fast as they can to move on to another game. Before they overhauled the entire class system it was an amazing game, after.... not so much.
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doctor can you check my prostata
( 63.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
vak gave nothing to
you do obnogleli there at you that the common people vak week seeding nothing to play in peace and then sharply departure mm trying to reconnect and these devils I write allegedly kakimto reasons I will not let them vak , after 5 min I still gone , finish the , I won and then I look and I have a ban on the week , asking how to reset the ban as it is not at all given .
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IREALHELL
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Great, active and fun!
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Scuff
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
fun and f
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subzeroyoshi
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
The download time was very long, I must say - half my playtime was just downloading on the launcher. However, from what I've played, it is SO worth it. The combat is simple and easy to pick up, the gameplay is fun, and even running long distances doesn't get boring. Plus it is so satisfying to beat the living s*** out of some guy who jumps out of the bushes with a dagger and tries to kill ya. 9/10.
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arthur
( 63.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
While the game was enjoyable in some aspects I found the rate of updates to the game to be annoyingly high, particularly since it took so long to update (even on a fat pipe) that the update itself basically kills the chance for a game session. Moreso, if you enable hi-res textures.

End sum, the game wasn't engrossing enough to warrant putting up with the steady stream of interruptions. These guys could learn a lot from EVE how to push updates and not be annoying about it.
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Sh1tHapens
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
♥♥♥♥ Shit game!! Stupid F***** Ui

i hate that ui, and all theoptions/config windows.

insta Delete!
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badgorillas
( 81.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
My girlfriend turned me on to this game shortly after we met... three years later the game is still fun.

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Cock and Balls
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
is prity bad
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1mason
( 44.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
great game, as truthful to the series as you can find in a game. game is filled with content, but most of it is behind paywalls unfortunately.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
239.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
You can ride goats.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
307.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
If you love the books or enjoyed the movies, this is a great game for you. This game is P2W and there is lots of grinding. Lag is also a big issue during mounted combat and higher level maps, such as Minas Tirith. It is not known for PvP but does offer. It IS for the hardcore Tolkein and LOTR fans with a fantastic community.

Some have said the MMO is dying and LOTRO does not have the players it once did. Well, there are many folks who hop from game to game and do not tend to stay with a game for longer than a year or two. If you are one of those folks, this game is not for you. The game has really been enjoyable by myself and my family for the past 6 years. We are in it for the long haul and have not yet found a MMO currently out there that offers as much as this one does. Yes, it is a bit old school. Yes, it is loads of fun and very addictive.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
This is one of the best MMORPG's I've ever played.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Great game for fans of Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. You can explore Middle-Earth on your own an meet many characters from the book / films. I recommend, to play it with subscriptions. Otherwise you will have to buy most areas in the game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
168.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Very Good, achieving a level of unlocked content where you can drop the sub is very achievable, havent needed to purchase from LOTRO store in years. (Been Playing Outside Steam so Ignore My Steam Hours.) Playing since Moria Released!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
(Ignore how many hours it says here... got many more on my old account)

Great game! So cool how there is oer 463 hours worth of gameplay for FREE!
Personally i brought all the DLC and stuff for less than $20!!!! from sales!
was it worth it? YES!!

what are you waiting for? Go become a legend in the Lord of the Rings online!

9/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
76.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
I was looking foward to play a MMO, beeing a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies i start this game... I am loving so far.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
PROS.
I can literally shout my enemies to death.
People are friendly. Within my first 5 hours a team of Russians recruited me for their kinship and have showered me with help. I can't understand a single thing they say without Google Translate but they don't seem to care.
Completing quests is addictive for someone with a completionist, list-loving personality like me.

CONS.
If you don't want to shell out real money for this free-to-play game, you will have to run everywhere at the speed of Slow until you have saved enough Turbine Points to buy a damn horse.
I haven't seen a whole lot of actual RP taking place so far.
Tested my theory by dramatically fainting in front of a large group of people. Everyone promptly ran away. Can't say I blame them.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3,822.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
It's worth it to level and experience the story and beautiful zones combined with an amazing soundtrack. It is fun if you enjoy PvE and enjoy questing as it is very immersive game with great story, if you are a LOTR fan, you will love it. LoTRO is not a game that is worth playing if you are only interested in end game as you will only leave disappointed. This is not a raiders game any more. To get the most out of LoTRO, you have to enjoy taking your time leveling up, be into Middle Earth lore and actually reading the quest text. It may be an old game, but there are many beautiful locations to see. LoTRO is an MMORPG that takes the Roleplay part of RPG seriously, roleplay community especially is very strong and passionate. Their presence alone and creations of art, writings, music, and more, add so much to the Tolkien atmosphere and immersion. It really feels like it was created by LotR fans for LotR fans, not just a generic MMO with a LotR flair. LoTRO offers a unique music system that allows players to compose and play their own or anyone else's songs in real-time. It's also possible to use a standard midi keyboard to interface with the game. Players can even write their own text file scripts of songs and trade or post them online and play them in-game. Another unique LoTRO feature is fellowship manoeuvre which is a fellowship-based group attack that can be very powerful if coordinated well. Fellowship manoeuvres occur randomly and require that the target be stunned or knocked down. People don't play Lotro for the PvP, they play for the story, it's always unbalanced with flat out broken classes, and the PvPers complain constantly. If you are looking to be a primary PvP player LOTRO probably isn't for you. Its the weakest area of the game in my opinion in terms of support and development. LoTRO has done F2P the best of any of the MMOs. You can unlock everything eventually, you get Turbine Points from doing deeds these go up pretty fast if your grinding them out. The further into the game you get, the more dreadful it gets. The game suffers from lag and performance issues and ingame support is ignorant. Lotro is a game that fails to live up to it's potential. Sadly, I no longer love the game I had spent many years with. But I still remember the fond times.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Great, active and fun!
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