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Standing Stone Games | Official Site
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 04/24/07)  | Pub:Daybreak Games
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:n/a | Pay Type:Hybrid | Monthly Fee:$14.99
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Lord of the Rings Online

Lord of the Rings Online is the premier MMORPG set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s wondrous world of Middle-earth, brought to life through those most famous of books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and wonderfully portrayed in Peter Jackson’s movies. LOTRO brings you into the timeline of the events of The Lord of the Rings story, and sets you on a path that parallels the Fellowship of the Ring, aiding them on their journey to Mordor by performing tasks and adventurous deeds surrounding their path across Middle-earth.

You choose your character from a selection of races: Man, Elf, Dwarf, and Hobbit. Nine classes are also available, inspired by famous characters from the books, such as Burglar (Bilbo Baggins, Champion (Gimli son of Glóin), Lore-Master (Elrond Halfelven), and others. In your exploits against the Shadow growing in the East, you’ll meet those extraordinary heroes, and many others, and be given tasks by them to support Frodo’s mission, quest, thing.

As in the books and the movies, LOTRO brings Middle-earth into vivid and spectacular detail, only this time you get to experience it all in first-person view! Hobbiton, the whole of The Shire, Bree, Weathertop, Rivendell, Mirkwood, the Mines of Moria, Lothlórien, and many other places may be traveled to and adventured in, solo or with your own loyal Fellowship.

With a consistently updated storyline by way of installments called ‘books’, a variety of special in game events throughout the year, Monster Play (PvP), quality roleplaying choices, player housing, and many other options, Turbine is keeping LOTRO one of the most impressive MMORPGs on the market today. Oh, and it can all be enjoyed for free!


  • Man | The Race of Destiny, as Tolkien called them, more varied than the other races, from the Dunédain of the North, the Horse-lords of Rohan, the soldiers of Gondor, the Haradrim in the far East.
  • Elf | The oldest race in Middle-earth, tall, graceful, and in the midst of leaving Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, but not before lending their incredible skills to the defeat of Sauron.
  • Dwarf | Excellent warriors and master craftsmen, but also very secretive, living in their deep underground homes, but now have come out into the open to stand with Middle-earth against the Shadow.
  • Hobbit | Halflings of modest and simple bearing, very content with the quiet life, and yet who were destined to have the greatest impact of all the races in the fight to save Middle-earth.


  • Burglar | Inspired by Bilbo Baggins; masters of stealth, tricks, and startling attacks.
  • Captain | Inspired by Eärnur, the last King of Gondor; armored melee fighters who inspire and lead others in battle, along with their Herald companions.
  • Champion | Inspired by Gimli son of Glóin; consummate warriors, with unrelenting strength and combat prowess.
  • Guardian | Inspired by that most loyal of hobbits, Samwise Gamgee; stout protectors, most proficient at shielding allies from harm.
  • Hunter | Inspired by Legolas, Prince of Mirkwood; master survivalists in field and forest, and the most deadly fighters with bows, traps, and dual-weapons.
  • Lore-Master | Inspired by Elrond Halfelven, Elf-lord and Master of Rivendell; masters of ancient lore, capable of using their vast knowledge and wisdom to call on the strength and powers of the natural world.
  • Minstrel | Inspired by Lúthien Tinúviel, the Sindarin princess known as the Morning Star of the Elves; skilled at using the power of music for healing, and for channeling their Ballads, Anthems, and War-speech.
  • Rune-keeper | Inspired by the master Elf-smith Celebrimbor, the one who forged the Rings of Power; masters of Angerthas and Tengwar runes, and their use in healing allies or attacking foes.
  • Warden | inspired by Haldir, the marchwarden of Lothlórien, and his brothers Rúmil and Orophin; military-trained mobile melee warriors, masters of shield and javelin.


  • Middle-earth | Simply put, the greatest fantasy world ever created.
  • Deep, Balanced Gameplay | Play as one who is directly or indirectly fighting Sauron’s threatening influence, one who has joined the Shadow openly or secretly, or as one who is simply going about a daily life.
  • Compelling Combat | Intense combat action, whether it’s out in the wilds of Middle-earth, or in Skirmishes, Instances, Raids, or Player vs. Monster Player (PvMP).
  • Epic Advancement | Over 3,000 quests throughout Middle-earth, encompassing 65 levels and hundreds of available Deeds, Traits, and Titles.
  • Skills and Professions | Seven vocations (Armourer, Armsman, Explorer, Historian, Tinker, Woodsman, Yoeman) with ten professions (Cook, Farmer, Tailor, Forester, Woodworker, Prospector, Jeweller, Scholar, Weaponsmith, Metalsmith) and seven tiers of proficiency each.
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Next Update to Include New Festival Instances & the Return of an Old, Yet Reworked, Foe

Next Update to Include New Festival Instances & the Return of an Old, Yet Reworked, Foe - Lord of the Rings Online News

The patch notes for Update 22.3 have been posted on the Lord of the Rings Online forum. This time, players can look forward to new festival instances to celebrate the summer season. The Perfect Picnic allows players from level 10-115 to take part in either a solo instance all the way up to a raid instance to win some awesome new rewards. In Boss from the Vaults, Thrang makes a return in a newly overhauled form to challenge parties of six with new rewards as well.

Posted Jun 26, 2018 by Suzie Ford

More Balance Changes Arrive For Several Classes

More Balance Changes Arrive For Several Classes - Lord of the Rings Online News

The Lord of the Rings Online site has been updated with the latest patch notes that continue the iteration on classes and skills. This time, Hunters, Guardians, Lore-Masters and Minstrels have gone under the microscope and players should notice a ton of changes that may significantly alter the way they play.

Posted Jun 14, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Update 22.2 Brings Summer Event 2018 & Big Changes to Tactical Relics

Update 22.2 Brings Summer Event 2018 & Big Changes to Tactical Relics  - Lord of the Rings Online News

The latest Lord of the Rings Online update (v22.2) will arrive today with some big changes, particularly with regard to the rebalancing of Tactical Relics. In addition, players will find the Summer Festival back in the game along with two new Seasonal Instances. The Lay of Rust & Rime continues "with eight new weekly episodes to conclude its story!"

Posted Jun 04, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Hunter, Lore-Master, Minstrel, Warden & Burglar Receive PTR Update

Hunter, Lore-Master, Minstrel, Warden & Burglar Receive PTR Update - Lord of the Rings Online News

The Lord of the Rings Online Bullroarer server (PTS) has been updated with a new patch that brings a number of changes to five classes: Hunter, Lore-Master, Minstrel, Warden & Burglar. The Hunter update, according to the patch notes, "ended up actually being more substantial than the first". Lore-Masters will also be happy to hear that Wizard's Fire has made a return.

Posted May 23, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Journeying to the Lonely Mountain, the Iron Hills & the Grey Mountains

Journeying to the Lonely Mountain, the Iron Hills & the Grey Mountains - Lord of the Rings Online News

The Lord of the Rings forum has a new producer's post that lays out some of the first details coming to the game in the future. Most notably, players will finally get some amazing Dwarven lore and culture with the game expanding to include the Lonely Mountain, the Iron Hills and the Grey Mountains. These will come along with a new instance cluster and a new raid later in 2018. Players will find over 80 new quests and a level cap increase to 120.

Posted May 16, 2018 by Suzie Ford