Run speed is the movement speed when running and this is the speed that is referenced to when talking about increases or decreases of speed. Run speed is around 6.5 m/s (metres per second) and is the base speed that buffs, debuffs, etc., relates to. The game usually relates to base speed in percent so a calculation for a +5% bonus looks like: 6.5 * 1.05 = 6.825 m/s.
- Walking is about -60% in relation to the base speed, which is about 2.6 m/s (exact value should be verified).
- A hunter using the skill will get a +15% speed bonus, meaning 7.48 m/s. And with a maxed-out Pathfinder trait the speed becomes 8.45 m/s. A Beorning will get a skill giving +62% bonus, meaning 10.5 m/s. And Wardens have the skill giving them +38% bonus, which means they can move at 8.97 m/s.
- Run speed boost items often give +10%, meaning 7,15 m/s, but different reward or loot items have varying values.
Mount speeds are also expressed relative to base run speed. A starter horse or pony, with a 32% increase over run speed, has a speed of approximately 8.6 m/s. A standard mount has a running speed of approximately 10.5 m/s, i.e. an increase over run speed by 62%. And even faster mounts exist. For more detail, see Mount Speed.
See also Travelling.
Here follows the common bonus values found in Lotro. Results are rounded to show one decimal.
To put these numbers into perspective: running from West Bree to Adso's Camp takes a bit over 2 minutes. By horseback, on a normal mount it takes 1:18, on a +68% mount 1:15, and on a +78% mount 1:11. The stable-master's horse takes 1:05 minutes, and on a war-steed (at 15.0 m/s) it takes 54 seconds. If you really want to smell the roses by walking, then it takes 5-6 minutes :-)
For a list of items which increase run speed, see Category:Run Speed Items.