Lord of the Rings Online

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The Lord of the Rings Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) set in Tolkien's Middle-Earth, originally developed by Turbine, Inc.

It is available in multiple languages in virtually every country of the world. English, French and German language support is found in the game client for players in North America and Europe. Release and patch notes as well as Forums are also available in those languages.

The game is frequently called "LOTRO" for short and is usually designated as an "MMOG" rather than the longer "MMORPG."

Game launch and history of major releases

Update Name Date Regions Expansion
Shadows of Angmar 24 April 2007 Ered Luin, The Shire, Bree-land, Lone-lands, North Downs,
Evendim, Trollshaws, Misty Mountains, Angmar, Forochel
Official Launch (SoA)
Mines of Moria 18 November 2008 Eregion, Moria, Lothlórien First Major Expansion (MoM)
Siege of Mirkwood 01 December 2009 Mirkwood, Enedwaith Second Major Expansion (SoM)
Update 1 The Ride of the Grey Company 10 September 2010
Update 2 Echoes of The Dead 18 March 2011
Update 3 Lost Legends of Eriador 05 May 2011
Update 4 Rise of Isengard 26 September 2011 Dunland, Gap of Rohan, Nan Curunír Third Major Expansion (RoI)
Update 5 Armies of Isengard 12 December 2011
Update 6 Shores of the Great River 12 March 2012 The Great River
Update 7 Shades of the Past 14 May 2012
Update 8 Riders of Rohan 15 October 2012 East Rohan Fourth Major Expansion (RoR)
Update 9 Against the Shadow 17 December 2012
Update 10 Against the Shadow part II 06 March 2013
Update 11 Treachery of the White Hand 13 May 2013 Wildermore
Update 12 Helm's Deep 20 November 2013 West Rohan Fifth Major Expansion (HD)
Update 13 The Breaking of Isengard 14 April 2014 Entwood, Isengard (after)
Update 14 The Paths of the Dead 14 July 2014 West Gondor
Update 14.2  The Dead Marshes 15 September 2014 The Dead Marshes
Update 15 Gondor Aflame 05 November 2014 Central Gondor
Update 16 Locked and under Siege 04 May 2015 East Gondor
Update 17 Minas Tirith under Siege 27 October 2015 Minas Tirith Besieged
Update 18 The Battle of Pelennor Fields 12 April 2016 Far Anórien
Update 18.2 Throne of Dread Terror 05 July 2016
Update 19 March of the King 18 October 2016 North Ithilien
Update 20 Battle of the Black Gate 21 March 2017 The Wastes
Update 21 Mordor 02 August 2017 Mordor Sixth Major Expansion (MD)
Update 22 Legacy of the Necromancer 06 March 2018 Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands
Update 23 Where Dragons Dwell 09 October 2018 Iron Hills, Ered Mithrin and Withered Heath
Update 24 Vales of Anduin 04 June 2019 Vales of Anduin
Update 25 Minas Morgul 05 November 2019 Mordor Besieged, Imlad Morgul Seventh Major Expansion (MiMo)
Update 26 Mists of Wilderland 23 April 2020 Wells of Langflood
Update 27 The Great Wedding 30 June 2020 Minas Tirith (Midsummer)
Update 28 War of the Three Peaks 20 October 2020 Elderslade, The War of Three Peaks First Minor Expansion (WotTP)
Update 29 Wildwood 17 March 2021 The Wildwood
Update 30 Blood of Azog 08 June 2021 Azanulbizar
Update 31 Fate of Gundabad 10 November 2021 Gundabad Eighth Major Expansion (FoG)
Update 32 Rangers and Ruins 16 February 2022 Angle of Mitheithel
Update 33 The Yondershire 20 April 2022 Yondershire
Update 34 Before the Shadow 15 November 2022 Swanfleet, Cardolan Second Minor Expansion (BtS)


20 April 2010 Turbine, Inc. - The game's developer was acquired by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.
10 September 2010 - The game became Free-To-Play
16 December 2016 - The game team responsible for The Lord of the Rings Online moved from Turbine, Inc to Standing Stone Games, a newly formed indie game studio.
Update 4 was released on 26 September, 2011, a day earlier than announced.
Update 8 introduced of the Native Mac Client - originally scheduled for release in early September, was delayed and released on 15 October 2012.


See Also

All of the information found on this, the Lotro-Wiki.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria
The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood
The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard
The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan
The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep
The Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor
The Lord of the Rings Online: Minas Morgul
The Lord of the Rings Online: War of Three Peaks
The Lord of the Rings Online: Fate of Gundabad
The Lord of the Rings Online: Before the Shadow