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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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!

Read more about what awaits here:
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DE Release Notes

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January 20

LOTRO's Winter Update: 17.2

Update 17.2
Enjoy new content and updated features in this winter update!
Emote collection UI:
  • You can now see all emotes available to the free people of Middle-earth in the Collections Panel. In the new emote tab you can preview emotes, learn how to earn them, and perform emotes directly from this panel.
  • You can also drag emotes from this panel to your skill quickslots.
New Quests have been added in Minas Tirith:
  • A new public endgame space in the Cisterns is available.
  • New quests can be found near the Stone Theatre (in the northern 1st Tier), inside the Houses of Lore, inside the Houses of Healing, at the Citadel, at the Training Ground, and near the Baths of Belecthor (in the 4th Tier).
  • Stable travel options have been added in Minas Tirith.
  • If you have already completed all of his adventures, George at Sandson's Farm might just have a new one waiting in the wings.
Updates have also been made to Instances & Currency, Housing, Classes, and more!

Read the release notes to find out more:
EN: Update 17.2 Release notes
FR: Update 17.2 Release notes
DE: Update 17.2 Release notes

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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
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jennabug66
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Product received for free
Honestly it is terrible you can't even get in the game I created an account but it still said it was wrong I rate this 0/10 don't get this game it's just a waste of data.
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pheonixind
( 44.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I love it on Windows, and I wish they would bring it to Linux.
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Saturon12
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Wonderful game very very gets me into it very adventourus and creative i love the fact that the mpa is so big i also love the fact that it is lordof the rings in general. great game! never let it die!!!
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ilstar
( 29.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
The best MMO I've ever played. (Better than UO, EQ 1 & 2, WoW, AoC, WO, EO, ENB, GW, ESO.)
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James
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Good fun!
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A2029
( 85.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
The last MMO of it's age. Play it while it's up. RIP memories and good feels. I'll never forgive you Ted. Burn in DDO hell you selfish loot hording ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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iTubbys4
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
kind cool to get back into
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wyattolson
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
This is a great mmorpg. I love the way you can play. Still not better than Elder Scrolls online but not bad at all.
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No Life Scrub
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
If you love that kind of "standing-still-and-smash-your-skills-button" MMORPGs then I recommend this game for you .
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DEATH-2-TYRANTS
( 136.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
LOTRO is a pretty fun MMO I have enjoyed my time and don't regret any of it, especially the story mode which allows for immersive solo play. I know there have been some folks who played it when it had been sub based, and they make strong valid arguments for why it was better before. I wish I could have played it back then, but while this game now is pretty fun and unique I fear this game may be dying. Only for two reasons first each content update is closer and closer to mordor, maybe they have plans for after but this is a problem for an MMO that has an "end game story". Second the servers seem a little.....under populated some times, most players are now long time hardcore ones who play the high lvl maps so being a new player will be lonely for a bit. By all means play the game, the community is friendly and extremely helpful, the content is immerssive and well written, and the map is YUUUUUGE!!! Now once again I could very well be wrong about the end game, they may have other plans, either way if the Tolkien world and MMO's enthrall you then this is a MUST PLAY for you. Over all I have no gripes about this game, I give it 8.5/10 only because it badly needs a graphics revamp.
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newxarg
( 115.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
A fun way to get lost in Tolkiens world and slay a few orcs!
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Kle-Ebiyin
( 73.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
I asked for 500 silver in world chat. they sent 10 gold to me.
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matthijs1202e
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
when i start up the game it only shows a blackscreen with my cursor on it i cannot do anything i can't even do ctrl+alt+del
i do not know why this happens but i do know that i do not like it yesterday it worked fine but since today it is f*cked up.
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Diamond_Blacksmith
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I have never played the game yet, because it has a download.... then another one.... and another one! this isnt even including the steam download!
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Dante
( 599.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Awesome game with plenty of stories and quests to keep you intrigued. Only downside is that sometimes you need alot of coins to enter certain instances/ quests.
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с ума пень
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
good mmo, the game engine is like WoW with lotr races.
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A Friggin' Taco
( 53.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Have played this game for hundreds of hours on/off Steam and whole-heartedly recommend it to fans of the series. Stays very true to the lore while branching off in new directions that inhance the gameplay. It can feel grindy at times, but for the most part it is very well-balanced. Everything can be unlocked for free with massive amounts of playing, but just about all of it can be bought for incredibly cheap (about $30-$40 for the whole game if you spend wisely and buy stuff on sale).
The graphics are, sadly, outdated in nearly all of the regions, while Rohan and the newer updates look better, which can lead to some feelings of disconect, but the changes are fairly gradual so you don't normally notice the textures getting more modern. But then again, you ain't playing this because of how it looks.

One of the most perfect and hilarious moments in my (not very) illustrious gaming career happened in Bree while taking a stroll through the town. The story goes like this:

Some guy walked up to me, invited my to his fellowship, and ran towards the tavern. I followed him in and he told me to buy as much alchohol as possible. I did. I then heroicly mounted my horse and galloped towards the location he had given me, his friend's mansion (it was left unlocked). We broke in, had a crazy party, drank about 50-70 gallons of alchohol, got drunk, and then passed out. We woke up pretty quickly, and noticed a massive "Menacing Keg" in the corner of the room. We looked at each other. We both knew what we had to do. The guy who owned the house actually came over and gave us permission to drink from it (he was pretty chill about the party and all). So we did.
The character effects it applied were something along the lines of "You feel exceedingly drunken." and "Come here, you fuzzy 'lil hobbit!" (no joke). I passed out again and the screen blacked out.

I woke up in the Shire with the effect "You seem to have lost your pants. This makes you sad." The screen looked like it had been passed through about 50 white-girl filters (they make me look so gorgeous!!!!) and was tilting wildly. I was also seeing double and muttering random things. My friend was in a similar predicament, except he was 200 miles north in a region he hadn't even unlocked yet and was being killed. So we did the logical thing, we went back to the mansion, then did it all over again.

10/10 Would have crazy party again.
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SixTheCourier
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
its good no pay to win though the bear men could be a free class one day i wish great tho :P
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Darkening Demise
( 29.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Well this is a developer who doesn't randomly ban people, unlike Aura Kingdom. They also don't ban me for not buying their in game currency, unlike Aura Kingdom. They also don't ban me for not playing for a day or two, unlike Aura Kingdom.
Its also a well done enjoyable experience in the LOTR universe. Plus they don't ban people for stupid reasons, unlike Aura Kingdom. o:)
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Master Prestidigitator Selel
( 269.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
You can spend 50 hours playing, 19 hours reading text and following the story, .7 hours finding a group, and 200 hours playing metallica on the bagpipes in the shire. 10/10 would live out my dreams in a virtual fantasy world for too long again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Pros : - Perfect LOTR atmosphere
- Story driven
- Nice Community

Cons : - The combat system a little old
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I asked for 500 silver in world chat. they sent 10 gold to me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
269.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
You can spend 50 hours playing, 19 hours reading text and following the story, .7 hours finding a group, and 200 hours playing metallica on the bagpipes in the shire. 10/10 would live out my dreams in a virtual fantasy world for too long again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Okay before I have anyone hating on this review, I know it's an big bloody pay to win but that doesn't really matter because it's more PvE then PvP.Like if u were dedicated and had the money to upgrade state points u would probably be able to beat an lv 100, which would be hilarious.

Now let's get to the point, this game is anaddictive as f*** MMORPG and I'm right about that, iv been playing for 4 days and already hit 27 hours. This game hasn't aged at all it still looks pretty for those hard core graphic fans and is still being updated to this very day. It has an pretty basic combat system but very hard to master the skills and which skills to use first and etc, just because of the skills I dont even use my mouse, I have to put both of my hands on the keyboard.The game hasn't died yet and I think its not going too with people still starting this game, most servers are pretty active and most of the community is mature but the only stupid things I saw on world chat is dont say sh** or f*** ye my kids play this. Like I can barely understand how to play this game and how are kids going to play this, but there are kids who lose their child hood pretty quick. Don't worry about in game money which is turbine u earn most of it by just playing the game and skaying everything. Crafting is key in this game and you'll need a couple of friends to craft what u need or multiple toons because crafting is the only why u get good sh**. It's full of quest and so much dialogue but not much talking maybe some lines ,because if u thing about it it would cost a fortune to get so many voice actors. But don't worry the cut scenes for story have sexy voice acting;). Also trust me when it says massive u'll be running ur ♥♥♥ up and down but it is all worth it in the long run. This is my first MMORPG that had a very good first impression so I'll give it an 9/10 because they didn't f*** it up yet.

Why are u stilI reading its free go ahead and already get it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
136.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
LOTRO is a pretty fun MMO I have enjoyed my time and don't regret any of it, especially the story mode which allows for immersive solo play. I know there have been some folks who played it when it had been sub based, and they make strong valid arguments for why it was better before. I wish I could have played it back then, but while this game now is pretty fun and unique I fear this game may be dying. Only for two reasons first each content update is closer and closer to mordor, maybe they have plans for after but this is a problem for an MMO that has an "end game story". Second the servers seem a little.....under populated some times, most players are now long time hardcore ones who play the high lvl maps so being a new player will be lonely for a bit. By all means play the game, the community is friendly and extremely helpful, the content is immerssive and well written, and the map is YUUUUUGE!!! Now once again I could very well be wrong about the end game, they may have other plans, either way if the Tolkien world and MMO's enthrall you then this is a MUST PLAY for you. Over all I have no gripes about this game, I give it 8.5/10 only because it badly needs a graphics revamp.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
AFTER 4 YEARS PLAYING THIS GAME, STILL LOVING LOTRO <33

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
85.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
The last MMO of it's age. Play it while it's up. RIP memories and good feels. I'll never forgive you Ted. Burn in DDO hell you selfish loot hording ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
The best MMO I've ever played. (Better than UO, EQ 1 & 2, WoW, AoC, WO, EO, ENB, GW, ESO.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
I've not played much of this to have a highly knowledgeable opinion of the game, however it seems pretty good from playing a few times. Like the other MMORPGs it doesn't fill the void in my life that UO did, though it seems to have a more mature player base than WoW or a lot of the other similar games out there at the moment.

I like that it's free.

I'll update this review if the game ever hooks me in.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
I have played LOTRO since 2009. Every time I try to leave cause I put too many hours or too much money into it, I always come back in a couple weeks. The community is great, you will make friends pretty easy and raids are always a great way to pass the time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
119.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
noice staff, noice gaem
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Honisly LOVE THIS GAME takes me back to the good old days of mmo and mass open world takes me back to D+D and got to love Bolders Gate ohhhh yes and WOW when you dident haft to Pay somet like £300 just for 1hr of Game play <= abit drmatic But love this game honisly :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
A good game for a free game. It is very similar to World of Warcraft, and more fun in its own way: it's based off of the lore of the Lord of the Rings. Only difference is that it's free. If you don't want to pay, and you have nothing else to do, I would reccomend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
10/10 most savage vegetable simulator ever
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Why haven't you played this game yet?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This is a game that you need to have friends and do the side missions. Solo it can be great if you love Tolkien universe, but with friends it goes into another level of amazing. You can definetly do the first twenty levels without paying, however if you want to get past that you will have to buy quest packs to unlock quests in other areas. If you don't want to do that you can do the challenges that are highly recomended to do since they give you stat increases and turbine points (what you use to buy stuff). Even though it says I have very few hours on this game I mostly run it through the normal client. I probably have close to three weeks in play time. If you don't like MMO's or want a game just like WoW this may not be for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Great Game very fun and lots to do leveling is pretty easy and fast, crafting and mining are great and the immense environment and strait forward battle controls are great for beginners to the MMO genre
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
99.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
this game is amazing,

i played more then it says because i didnt had steam back then.
if u like lotr, then u will like this game. u will see some stuff back from the movies. u can choose wat classes you want and wat kind of race.
the gameplay is also good. lots of quest and other stuff u need to do. if u have the focus to keep grinding then u will come far.

i will play this game again when im done with ds3 :p

overall: 9/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Well this is a developer who doesn't randomly ban people, unlike Aura Kingdom. They also don't ban me for not buying their in game currency, unlike Aura Kingdom. They also don't ban me for not playing for a day or two, unlike Aura Kingdom.
Its also a well done enjoyable experience in the LOTR universe. Plus they don't ban people for stupid reasons, unlike Aura Kingdom. o:)
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