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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
System Req: PC Mac | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

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, Hobbit, High Elf and Beorning. Ten 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, Standing Stone Games 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.
  • Beorning | The Beornings have a famous affinity with animals, which they foster and keep in their homes more as friends than as pets or livestock. Beorn, the former chief of the Beornings, was known to speak with animals and understand their own speech - many of his descendants have fostered this talent.This uncommon ability is supplanted by a greater gift; Beorn could change into the shape of a bear. This skill has been passed down through the generations, such that most if not all of the Beornings can muster the change
  • High Elf | High Elves, who have beheld the beauty of Valinor, possess grace and strength beyond even their woodland kin. Those few who remain yearn to see that Middle-earth is safe to bequeath to Men before they depart for the Undying Lands.


  • 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.
  • Beorning | inspired by Beorn, who bravely stood with the Free Peoples during the Battle of Five Armies; Beornings are skin-changers that can change into the form of a bear in combat.


  • 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.
Still amazed Posted by Lord.Bachus on October 29, 2019 @ 3:00PM
More Mordor Images :) Posted by QuarterStack on September 26, 2019 @ 11:52PM
Essence Gear Posted by xD_Gaming on September 23, 2019 @ 12:17PM
Journey Continues : The Iron Hills Posted by xD_Gaming on September 23, 2019 @ 11:04AM
Journey Continues : Eryn Lasgalen Posted by xD_Gaming on September 23, 2019 @ 10:50AM
LOTRO Update 24 with 64 Bit client !! Posted by xD_Gaming on September 18, 2019 @ 11:44AM
Headed to Dale :D Posted by xD_Gaming on September 17, 2019 @ 4:57PM
Servers can't handle player load Posted by ThanatosXRS on August 8, 2019 @ 2:23AM
legendary items questions Posted by Nebless on May 12, 2019 @ 1:17PM

Riders of Rohan Coming to LOTRO Legendary Servers Later This Month

Riders of Rohan Coming to LOTRO Legendary Servers Later This Month - Lord of the Rings Online News

As a reminder, Rider of Rohan will launch on LOTRO Legendary Servers this month.

Posted Feb 03, 2020 by Poorna Shankar

Three New Minas Morgul Dungeons Now Available in LOTRO Update 25.3

Three New Minas Morgul Dungeons Now Available in LOTRO Update 25.3 - Lord of the Rings Online News

Three new Minas Morgul Expansion instances are now available as part of LOTRO's Update 25.3.

Posted Jan 22, 2020 by Poorna Shankar

Christopher Tolkien: A Tribute From A LotRO Player

Christopher Tolkien: A Tribute From A LotRO Player - Lord of the Rings Online News

As someone who studies and reads The Lord of the Rings, Christopher Tolkien is a name I know well. His passing last week, aged 95, has had a profound impact on many lives, with many wondering where this leaves his father's estate and the rights to all of the stories yet adapted. However, for me, the passing has made me reflect on how the secondary universe has allowed me to fully enjoy games like The Lord of the Rings Online.

Posted Jan 20, 2020 by Joseph Bradford

LOTRO's Riders of Rohan Coming to Legendary Servers Mid-February

LOTRO's Riders of Rohan Coming to Legendary Servers Mid-February - Lord of the Rings Online News

LOTRO's Legendary Servers will receive Riders of Rohan in mid-February.

Posted Jan 14, 2020 by Poorna Shankar

Is The Lord of the Rings Online Too Expensive For New Players To Enjoy?

Is The Lord of the Rings Online Too Expensive For New Players To Enjoy? - Lord of the Rings Online News

On my last article discussing Minas Morgul's story, the discussion in the forums turned to how The Lord of the Rings Online has monetized its content over the years. This got me thinking: Is the cost of entry to truly experience Middle-earth too steep for new players to overcome?

Posted Jan 13, 2020 by Joseph Bradford
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