Explore Middle Earth like never before! From The Shire to Rivendell to the Misty Mountains. From Bree to the North Downs the Witchking's Lair in Angmar. You can explore the vast expanses of Middle Earth, with new areas being found all the time.
Will you face off against powerful enemies as you attempt to save Middle Earth from the forces of evil? Or will you decide to join the forces of Evil and fight to destroy it?
Whether you just want to hang out in town and make your own music through the music system, or want to spend a little time as a chicken (the animal, literally) in session play, The Lord of the Rings Online has something for everybody.
Join the War of the Ring and defend the Free Peoples against Sauron's evil minion, the Nazgul Witch-king. Adventure solo or forge fellowships, battle hideous monsters and rise to fame in the most epic massively multiplayer online game ever!
Choose your destiny as an elf, dwarf, human or hobbit and fight to bring peace back to Middle-earth.
Adventure through Middle-earth: Join the only massively multiplayer online game based on the extensive and beloved fantasy universe of J.R.R. Tolkien, and journey through renowned places like the Shire, Bree and Rivendell.
Advance your hero in new ways: Use deeds, traits, and titles to gain experience and customize your character. Earn reputation and special rewards with the denizens of Middle-earth.
Massive Content: 50 levels with thousands of character customization possibilities including 4 races, 7 classes, 10 professions, 7 vocations and thousands of feature combinations; over 1,000 titles, skills and traits; over 10,000 unique items; over 2,500 monsters; over 2,200 quest givers; and over 350 authentic landmarks in more than 50 million square meters of Middle-earth!
Monster Battles: Jump in as a monster in service to Sauron and battle against other gamers in action-packed monster vs. player (PvMP) combat! Recent enhancements to monster play allow you to crush the defenders as a powerful troll, or serve the forces of good as a ranger.
A Living World: Frequent free game updates expand the world and add exciting new options!
Connect With Your Fellowship: Use integrated voice chat, instant messaging and more to connect with other gamers around the world.
Called "Book ##: Title" Each of the content patches expands on the Epic Book Storyline running through the game. Books 9, 10, 11, and likely 12, also have included a "Month of" for various classes which includes major revamps for the class and new skills, along with the minor tweaks/balances for all classes.
The first major Content Patch for The Lord of the Rings Online.
This patch went live June 13th, 2007 and added the first raid to the game. This was also the "Month of" for the Champion, introducing a new region to the game, and saw an addition to the music system in the form of .abc files being playable.
The current Content Patch for The Lord of the Rings Online.
This patch went live August 21st, 2007 and added a reputation system along with several new areas and dungeons. This was also the "Month of" for the Capitain and Hunter classes, and saw the introduction of the Session Play system.
The next Content Patch for The Lord of the Rings Online scheduled to be released October 24th, 2007.
Some of the major features include the introduction of a new 12 person Raid, featuring a Balrog, housing, and "Month of" for Minstrel and Lore-master. The full patch notes can be found here.
This patch also marks the introduction of DX10 support to The Lord of the Rings Online, although they are keeping DX9 support so there is no need to upgrade to DX10 to play the game.