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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Very Positive (130 reviews) - 80% of the 130 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (5,294 reviews) - 81% of the 5,294 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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Very Positive (130 reviews)
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Taurius Iron
( 46.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Now when game was updated to HD standarts, it looks amazing!
Stood on hill saw everything 5km away, every direction 10/10
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SciSi
( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Absolutely amazing, 10/10!!! Still the best MMO of all time!
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Zeronomus
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
It is good.
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I Also Eat Crayons
( 41.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Was a paying subscriber. Got banned for making a "My dad works at Turbine" joke. Upon making a calmly worded, proper appeal ticket I was told that my tickets would not be answered by their moderators anymore.

Take from that what you will, but I see it as an insecure company run by insecure moderators given too much room to push people around. I will likely never play this, nor any other Turbine title again.
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Kerbox
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Fun game.
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Kiath
( 388.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
One of the best mmos out there,fantastic community
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Hope Hecox
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I like this game, its great to be a background character because it reminds you that other people's lives were affecting by all of this, not just the main character's.
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https://kat.cr/
( 32.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Best game yet
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Warlord
( 313.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
My family and I have played this game for more than 5 years now. This game is for those who really cared about the story of middle earth, because that is one of the main things this game surpasses at. My current hours are actually no where near my actual as I played the game before steam had it for many years. This is not a fast game, and if you're careful with your deeds, you never have to pay money. For PVE, this is not pay to win. It is not fast paced or gloriously action filled, I like playing it on a lazy weekend morning.
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Khemi
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Should be called Nickle and Dime of the rings Online, IMO.
They aren't content with you subscribing to their game, you have to unlock additional features by spending real money, even after purchasing all of the expansions.

Get 50 gold in the mail from your friend? Not so fast, we're going to hold 45 of that gold hostage until you unlock the currency cap.

The questing system is essentially 300 variations of "kill 8 orcs(or goblins, or collect 8 things from dead orcs)" mixed with other useless sidequests that add no value to the story. Whoever did the quests in this game was tragically lazy. None of the quests are bundled, you can do several quests in an area, turn them all in, and the quest giver or the next quest giver will just give you quests in the same area that you could have gotten while you were in the area the first time.

The world is great, it's very large and detailed. There are hundreds of towns and cities everywhere. This game could have been a AAA mmorpg if it wasn't for the nickle and dime cash shop and whoever designed the quests.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
259.9 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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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
303.5 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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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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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
so far the game has been a blast love being a dwarf
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
69.2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 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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