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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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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Azrael Wolfsblood
19.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
It is a fun game as long as you can remember which server you were using else everything you did will be gone. But besides that very fun to play
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Mierin
2,695.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
The atmosphere is great, especially in Moria and some other areas. The community is good, and combat is enjoyable.

That said, quests are awful in every way, there is no dialogue whatsoever, a lot of places are badly-designed, cosmetically and practically (Minas Tirith, I'm looking at you), and class balance is not great (poor hunters). Don't bother playing without a subscription or good hardware, either - most of the game requires cash to access (including class-critical abilities), and later areas are laggy.

The character building/equipment system is a joke, especially since essences.
- There's a whole bunch of base and derived stats (maybe 25-35, depending on how you count), but only a third is actually relevant. The remaining stats come free when gearing for the important third.
- There are sixteen equipment slots (plus legendary items, which are class features, not items), but they all do exactly the same: they exist only to dump armour with lots of essence slots into. Yes, there are set bonuses, but you could easily reduce the whole equipment system to, say, six numbers (# of four kinds of essences, # of two kinds of equipment set).
- Overall, there is a semblance of complexity, but successive updates only seem to replace the need to think about your equipment with more grind-based power creep.
- To be clear, combat is fine. It's just that char-op is boring.


I don't recommend it, because I don't like it (anymore). However, if you're not interested in deep character building systems, you like being monologued at by NPCs (in LoTR-style speech), and you don't mind a bit of grind, it's otherwise a good game.
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madanimal
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
i just dont really like the game its just meh. bad graphics, kinda dull fighting, just my opinion. but i do see why peopel would like this game.
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Fuck Daesh
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
sara oakheart that stupid old ♥♥♥♥♥
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Uncle Pepperoni
18.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
Great, free mmo.
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DarrellReborn
34.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Great mmo well worth playing great mechanics
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Marduk
16.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
I lost Mines of Moria when they went f2p, now I've gotta buy everything again!!! Stupid.
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baconborn
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
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RamBabu
43.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
Holy ♥♥♥♥! This game is huge! And by that I mean just the locations are huge. Weirdly the only thing I don't like is that every time you level up there is no way you can add skill points to your hero. It just auto scales. But barring that, the game itself is pretty absorbing. :)
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RiftTalon
151.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
Not many people play anymore, but still a good game. It has some paywalls, but it's entirely possible to get through those paywalls for free with some farming.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
75 of 83 people (90%) found this review helpful
75 people found this review funny
Recommended
90.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
People speak elvish on RP servers...


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34 of 50 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
215.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Terrible, even infuriating, customer service.

Despite this being a prime example of a good solid classic MMORPG.

Had a bad experience with a GM a couple years ago, arbitrarily changed my name from "Theodophilus" to some randomly generated name. Claimed it broke the rules and was too religious, despite Theod- being a very common name prefix in the LOTR universe. I questioned him about it, he refused to change it back, and even banned my account for three days because I pressed the issue. There is no recourse at all as a customer, WB is just too big to care, and Turbine (or whoever) have no real means set up of dealing with these problems, they had a suggestion box and ticket system, true, but it's /dev/null, never got so much as a form letter response from those venues. Once a year I call up WB and asked if they've changed the name back for free, or taken any action to rectify or make amends for my terrible customer service experience. They sympathetically tell me nothing can be done on the phone, and I tell them that I enjoyed the game itself and would have possibly been spending money on it, and they have now lost $X amount more dollars in the past year I may have spent, because at the time of the occurrence I happily a subscriber--This was after the game went f2p, I figured I liked it, I spent time on it, I would support it.

The GMs have no oversight, and can pretty much do whatever they want without repercussions. If you do gamble on this game, I would encourage you to spend no money on it, so the only thing you will lose if you encounter a rogue GM is your time.

GM abuse shatters the illusion within an MMO that what you do within it has any meaning or permanency whatsoever, someone can just come along and spitefully fiddle with your entry in the database, what's the point? The suspension of disbelief was shattered, and this was reinforced by the abject lack of customer care or public relations.

While the game is a fine example of a classic MMORPG, unfortunately so is the customer service, from a bygone era when gaming was a less competitive market, a higher ratio of gamers were children, and the novelty of being in an MMORPG at all may have been enough to get some kid to tolerate the unpoliced abuse by a GM. This isn't the past, I'm not a kid, and they have lost a lot of money from me. Always vote with your wallet, it's one of the few things that really matter in this world, unfortunately.

Nothing preciousssSSssss here, just a database some guy can drunk dial on a whim.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
488.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
As a 7 year veteran of this game that has purchased every expansion/class/zone I cannot in good faith recommend this game anymore, Turbine have no idea what they are doing at this point and are obviously suffering from lack of staff and have been since Riders of Rohan launched.

Turbine apparently decided a game wide nerf was in order because content was too easy, huge sweeping changes like this couldn't possibly affect anything right? NPC's in escort missions were hit by this nerf and in turn had their HP lowered to an absolutely rediculous amount causing some key story missions to be almost impossible until completely outleveling them (96 to do a level 87 required mission) requiring you to completely bypass doing the games main story (the key reason I enjoy it and play it) and do sidequests until you are able to go back and play catch up. If you managed to complete this story before the game wide nerf you were fine. This is insanely unacceptable to require the player to be almost a full 10+ levels higher to complete in order to finish the quest.

Also of note is the absolutely abysmal or almost complete lack of optimization in the recent expansions. To put this in perspective I have trouble maintaining 15 FPS on ultra in areas with a fairly decent rig (R9 390X, i7 4790k, 32g DDR3). This game was released in 2007. I have no trouble maintaining 100+ FPS in Final Fantasy XIV on max settings. The game functions atrociously on anything above a dual core cpu and it shows. Mounted combat has been laggy and suffers from rubber banding regardless of connection since it was implemented in 2012 with no improvements, something that was touted as a main mechanic and the entire expansion was centered around. The game also suffers from extreme hitching regardless of settings/zone in every expansion past Riders of Rohan due to the way the engine is structured and reads files from an HDD, this is not fixed using an SSD or flash drive as the devs suggest in the forums.

This is completely depressing as this is easily in my top 3 MMO's I've played. I love the community and the setting for this game; I have genuinely never met nicer people in an MMO than I have in this. I enjoyed being able to create my own character and explore an absolutely gorgeous world and I really enjoyed seeing an expanded form of the LOTR universe and being a part of new stories told in it.

Maybe by some amazing stroke of luck the game can magically obtain a development team that is substantial enough and experienced enough to fix the problems with the game and restore it to the game I once enjoyed spending my time in, but until then the game is on life support and future updates will likely not fix the issues the game currently has.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I have tried many games but LOTRO is my all time favorite. Ive been playing it for 5+ years and still never tire of it. So come go on an adventure through Middle Earth! :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Holy ♥♥♥♥! This game is huge! And by that I mean just the locations are huge. Weirdly the only thing I don't like is that every time you level up there is no way you can add skill points to your hero. It just auto scales. But barring that, the game itself is pretty absorbing. :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
sara oakheart that stupid old ♥♥♥♥♥
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2,695.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
The atmosphere is great, especially in Moria and some other areas. The community is good, and combat is enjoyable.

That said, quests are awful in every way, there is no dialogue whatsoever, a lot of places are badly-designed, cosmetically and practically (Minas Tirith, I'm looking at you), and class balance is not great (poor hunters). Don't bother playing without a subscription or good hardware, either - most of the game requires cash to access (including class-critical abilities), and later areas are laggy.

The character building/equipment system is a joke, especially since essences.
- There's a whole bunch of base and derived stats (maybe 25-35, depending on how you count), but only a third is actually relevant. The remaining stats come free when gearing for the important third.
- There are sixteen equipment slots (plus legendary items, which are class features, not items), but they all do exactly the same: they exist only to dump armour with lots of essence slots into. Yes, there are set bonuses, but you could easily reduce the whole equipment system to, say, six numbers (# of four kinds of essences, # of two kinds of equipment set).
- Overall, there is a semblance of complexity, but successive updates only seem to replace the need to think about your equipment with more grind-based power creep.
- To be clear, combat is fine. It's just that char-op is boring.


I don't recommend it, because I don't like it (anymore). However, if you're not interested in deep character building systems, you like being monologued at by NPCs (in LoTR-style speech), and you don't mind a bit of grind, it's otherwise a good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Great mmo well worth playing great mechanics
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
151.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Not many people play anymore, but still a good game. It has some paywalls, but it's entirely possible to get through those paywalls for free with some farming.
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