Time of day

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In the Lord of the Rings Online, 24 hours of "game time" (a game-day) takes 3 hours and 6 minutes of "real time" (wall-clock time).

The time of day is divided into 10 blocks of time.
These time periods can be seen on your "Radar," by mousing over the sun or moon icon.
The icon will show the sun during the day-time and the moon during the night-time.
The icon changes to a clock in the 11 o'clock position when you're in certain kinds of Instances, since it can take place at any time of day. For example, the Helm's Deep Epic Battles take place Before Midnight, After Midnight, Before Dawn, and Sunrise.
Day-time runs from "dawn" to "dusk," while night-time runs from the "gloaming" to "foredawn."
Note that the periods, "dawn," "gloaming," and "midnight," are much shorter than the other time periods.
Time of day may change after maintenance or an update to the game. This is especially noticeable if one of your lua plugins has a clock that tells you when the next in-game time "segment" starts.


Day-Time lasts 1 hour 42 minutes 20 seconds
  • Dawn = 9 minutes 32 seconds
  • Morning = 28 minutes 42 seconds
  • Noon = 17 minutes 47 seconds
  • Afternoon = 27 minutes 58 seconds
  • Dusk = 18 minutes 21 seconds


Night-Time lasts 1 hour 23 minutes 40 seconds
  • Gloaming = 9 minutes 30 seconds
  • Evening = 27 minutes 59 seconds
  • Midnight = 8 minutes 59 seconds
  • Late Watches = 19 minutes 1 second
  • Foredawn = 18 minutes 11 seconds

Notes

Some quests may only be available during certain times of day (or night).
Various creatures in Middle-earth tend to have different spawn patterns, such as certain trolls only coming out at night.
In smaller towns, craftspeople not required for quests go to bed (disappear). Towns where this occurs include Duillond and several in the Shire.
Within Instances, Time of Day may not apply.