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Update 18.2

Update 18: Coming Soon

The Return of the Raid

The Battle of the Pelennor Fields drew to a close in Update 18, but a battle so large could not be contained by a single Update – or even two if you count Update 17!

9th Anniversary

Join us in celebrating 9 amazing years!

Featured Instances

Hello, I'm Kevin "EdgeCase" Nolan, and I'd like to talk to you about Featured Instances, launching in Update 18.  Featured Instances allows you to get new rewards for playing some of the classic instances from LOTRO's past.

Combat Changes

Hello, I'm Kevin "EdgeCase" Nolan, and I'd like to talk to you about three major combat changes coming in Update 18: the Avoidance swap, the Mastery revamp, and the Medium Armour Mitigation fix. 

The Making of a Battle

There comes a day when every team must gird for battle. True, we’d done battles before, but never anything quite like this.

Update 18 : Now Available

Your time is now! Bring the Rohirrim South and play your part in one of the largest battles in Middle-earth.

Free Transfer Schedule and More

We will be offering Free transfers between remaining worlds following the below schedule.

A letter from the Executive Producer

2015 was a great year for LOTRO, and we hope you agree! We had many large beats to cover this year as we built out more of Gondor including the two great cities of Osgiliath and Minas Tirith.

Yule Festival

Yule Festival
January 29th - February 10th

Tier 10 Crafting Developer Diary

Hello, everyone!  I'm EdgeCase, and I'm very happy to be able to tell you all about the update to Crafting coming in Update 17.  In general, this will look a lot like the existing crafting tiers, but with a few important changes.

Update 17

Update 17: The Siege of Minas Tirith, Now Available! 

New Store Coming Soon

Find out more about the upcoming LOTRO Store Upgrade!

Farmers Faire

Farmers Faire

Kinship Transfer Guide

Do you have a Kinship on one of the Closing Worlds? If so, then this guide is for you.

World Closure Announcement

We will begin the transfer process by opening the test world, Bullroarer, for character copy. We will then open transfers between the 10 remaining worlds.

World Transfers

We are finally ready to reveal the details on the new World Transfer process, the consolidation of LOTRO's worlds, and their movement to a brand new data center. We appreciate your patience as we have worked to make the new transfer process as well-rounded, simple, and effortless as possible. The first part of this article will discuss our timeline and the second part will go over the details of the new transfer features themselves. So grab a goblet of Elvish Wine and kick back, because this will be a long one.

Cosmetic Weapons

Cosmetically equipping weapons is a natural extension of the existing outfit system and we’ve wanted to do it for years. The cosmetic-only items (such as rolling pins and frying pans) you can get aren’t nearly as fun without the ability to use them cosmetically while equipping a real weapon.

Episodic Content Developer Diary

The release of a major update is incredibly exciting for us (a.nd I hope for you as well!), but over the past few years we found ourselves wondering if there were ways to maintain that excitement level even between updates.

Update 16.2

Update 16.2

Spring Festival

Spring is in bloom!

Update 16: Ashes of Osgiliath - Now Available

Now Available

Legendary Item Imbuement Dev Diary

Imbuement is a new alternate advancement system for Legendary Items that is designed to expand from update to update.

New Instance Cluster Developer Diary

Find out what went into making the newest Instance Cluster for Lord of the Rings Online.

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