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As you journey through Middle-earth, your character will have the opportunity to become a hero of Middle-earth as you aid both the Fellowship and the Free Peoples with what is called the "Epic" quest line. This story is interwoven with J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy, both working alongside it - in a story created specifically for The Lord of the Rings Online - and crossing-over into it at important or interesting moments.

At certain points in the story, there are so-called 'on-ramp' opportunities. These are questchains that do not require completion of previous epic quests, thus offering a way to customize your story experience. These 'on-ramp' opportunities are marked by the symbol: .

The story is at some points interrupted by short Interludes that usually showcase events taking place at a different time or place.

Lore

The overall plan for the Epic Story in LOTRO reads a bit like a “Most Exciting Places to Visit!” travelogue for Middle-earth. Consider:
  • The Legacy of Angmar
(Levels 5 till 50)
This volume lets you explore the dwarves of Thorin's Hall in Ered Luin, the peace of the Shire, the town of Bree and its lands, the Dunlending town of Lhan Garan in the Swanfleet, the fallen city of Tharbad and the old kingdom of Cardolan, the last big ranger hide-out of Esteldin in the North Downs, the Last Homely House in Rivendell and the Trollshaws on its doorstep, the evil city of Carn Dûm in Angmar, the ruins of Annúminas on Lake Evendim, the bitter cold of Forochel and the ring-forges of Eregion.
Help the Rangers of the North deal with the evils of Angmar so that the Fellowship can set out on their journey without having a dangerous enemy at their back.
  • The Mines of Moria
(Levels 50 till 65)
This story continues to the dwarf-kingdom of Moria and you can marvel at its past glory seeing the upper and lower levels and help the dwarves survive while fighting for their place. Travel to the golden city of Caras Galadhon in Lothlórien and start the war on Sauron’s old fortress of Dol Guldur in Mirkwood.
See to it that the dwarves can safely recover Khazad-dûm and that the evil of Dol Guldur is contained within its walls.
  • Allies of the King
(Levels 65 till 95)
The next volume makes you explore the magical lands of Enedwaith, the kingdom of Dunland and the fortress of Isengard. See the rolling plains of the Great River, fight the enemies of Saruman in Eastern Rohan, dread the cold land of Wildermore and marvel at one of the greatest man-made fortresses ever built, Helm's Deep in Western Rohan.
Help the people of both Dunland and Rohan and free Rohan's king. Find the Fellowship while they make their way south and ensure they survive the battles to come.
  • The Strength of Sauron
(Levels 95 till 105)
The fourth volume begins your journey to Western Gondor seeing the Paths of the Dead and helping Dol Amroth, after which you may see the splendour of Pelargir while making your way through Central Gondor, find the grand city of Osgiliath in ruins in Eastern Gondor and fight the battle of the Ring before the city of Minas Tirith. Follow the new king Elessar through the beautiful lands of North Ithilien and march on the Black Gate on the Wastes.
Aid the people of Gondor and witness the end of the Third Age. Mourn the lost friends along the way and get exited for the adventures that the Fourth Age brings.
  • The Peace of Middle-earth
(Levels 20 till 150)
This story sets up the wedding of Aragorn and Arwen. Discover how Minas Tirith fairs under a new king and queen.
  • The Black Book of Mordor
(Levels 105 till 130)
Follow the way through the unexplored territory of the Plateau of Gorgoroth and see the ruins of Barad-dûr and the Orodruin, the destruction of Dol Guldur, the dark forest of Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands where you come across Lake-town and Erebor. See the delving of Járnfast in the Iron Hills, the cold north of the Ered Mithrin and its strongholds of Skarháld and Thikil-gundu, help the Beornings at the Vales of Anduin and end you journey in Minas Morgul to finish your biggest nemesis.
Find out what the Gurzyul are up to and find the Black Book of Mordor. Discover what drives the darkness after the defeat of Sauron.
  • The Legacy of Durin and the Trials of the Dwarves
(Levels 130 till 140)
The Legacy further explores the north. Start your journey at Skarháld and travel to the Wells of Langflood to see the Beorning town of Limlók and the secret village of Lyndelby, fight the battles on the land of Elderslade and enter the holy site of the dwarves, Mount Gundabad
Help the young prince in his trials to conquer Gundabad from the orcs and dragons and learn of the ancient history of the Dwarves.
  • The Song of Waves and Wind
(Level 140 till 150)
Rediscover the lands of Gondor after the war and see the beautiful skies above Pelargir and travel to the halls of Furukzahar, help the people of Anfalas and be amazed at the green country of Pinnath Gelin. Enjoy the heat of the Shield Isles and make your way along the Cape of Umbar to marvel at the city of Umbar Baharbêl, and its Neaths.
Learn about what transpired in Umbar between the Kindred of Coins, the Heirs of Castamir and the Church of the All-seeing and prevent for a new dark age to arise.
And that is not all! There will be more places to see in the future!

Volume I - The Legacy of Angmar

Depending on the choosen starter area you get a different starter experience. The choice can be made when you create your character. This can either be Before the Shadow or The Shadows of Angmar.

Epic Introduction
Learn whether you have what it takes to become a hero of your race.

The Lost Kingdom of Arnor

Prologue

Assist your homeland as dark forces threaten.

Before the Shadow

This book guides you from Swanfleet towards Rivendell through Cardolan and the Lone-lands.
Book I - The Doom of the Fallen City
Help Meneldir with investigating the Uruk presence in Swanfleet.
Book II - The Dread of Herne
Protect the folk of Herne together with Boromir against the terror that passed through the town lately.
Book III - The Crossing of Sarn Ford
Find out what transpired at Sarn Ford and search for the fallen ranger's instructions.

Shadows of Angmar

This book guides you from Bree-land towards Rivendell through the Lone-lands and the North Downs.
Book I - Stirrings in the Darkness
Help the Rangers protect Bree-land, as one of their own is turned against them.
Book II - The Red Maid
Assist Radagast the Brown in the Lone-lands.
Book III - The Council of the North
Aid Men, Elves and Dwarves in the North Downs so they can gather for a council.

Evils of the North

From here the two starter experiences tie into each other.

Book IV - Chasing Shadows
Search for the missing Black Rider in the Trollshaws with the help of the sons of Elrond, then assist Legolas in finding the source of the uncovered evil.
Book V - The Last Refuge
Venture into the Misty Mountains and search for Skorgrím and the Black Rider with the assistance of Gloin and Gimli.
Book VI - The Fires in the North
Uncover the secrets of Angmar's dreaded Watching Stones with the help of a Ranger in Aughaire.
Note: Completing this book will allow you to pass through Rammas Deluon [0.6S, 29.8W] without being instantly defeated.
Book VII - The Hidden Hope
Find the hidden Ranger refuge in northern Angmar and assist them in rescuing Golodir.
Note: Completing this book will get you the key to the gates of Carn Dûm (Instance).
Book VIII - The Scourge of the North
Rekindle Golodir's hope and help him in an attempt to defeat Mordirith, the steward of Angmar in Carn Dûm.
Book IX - The Shores of Evendim
Uncover more about the mysterious Sara Oakheart while venturing to Barad Gúlaran.

The Search for Narchuil

Book X - The City of the Kings
Help the Dunedain in the battle for Annúminas against the Angmarim.
Book XI - Prisoner of the Free Peoples
Explore Tâl Bruinen in the Trollshaws while searching for Narchuil, the ring of Amarthiel.
Book XII - The Ashen Wastes
Rescue Laerdan and continue the search for Narchuil.
Book XIII - Doom of the Last-king
Attempt to locate the missing half of Narchuil in the frozen wastes of Forochel.
Book XIV - The Ring-forges of Eregion
Assist and then pursue Laerdan as he tries to rescue his daughter.
Book XV - Daughter of Strife
Help Narmeleth to prove her purification and to defeat Mordirith and Mordrambor once and for all.

Volume II - The Mines of Moria

Into the Depths of the World

Prologue
Assist the Fellowship as they prepare to leave Rivendell in their quest to destroy the One Ring.
Book I - The Walls of Moria
Assist Bósi's dwarvish expedition to clear the Hollin Gate and gain access to Moria.
Book II - Echoes in the Dark
Help the Iron Garrison expedition establish a first foothold within Moria.
Book III - The Lord of Moria
The dwarves are determined to retake their halls, perhaps too eagerly. They need your assistance.
Book IV - Fire and Water
The orcs strike back.
Book V - Drums in the Deep
Some force has allied itself with the orcs of Moria. Discover who/what it is.
Book VI - The Shadowy Abyss
You have made your way through Moria. The dwarves seek aid from Lothlórien and Galadriel.

The Influence of Dol Guldur

Book VII - The Leaves of Lórien
Reunite with the Fellowship of the Ring and help forge an alliance between the Dwarves of Khâzad-dûm and the Elves of Lothlórien.
Book VIII - Scourge of Khazad-dûm
Return to Moria to thwart the evil influence of Dol Guldur.
Book IX - Fortress of the Nazgul
Join the Malledhrim as they prepare to assault Dol Guldur, the fortress of the Nazgul.
Epilogue - Of Elves and Dwarves
Many loose ends remain after the assault on the tower of Dol Guldur.

Volume III - Allies of the King

The Journey South

Prologue
Answer the call of Elrond Halfelven.
Book I - Oath of the Rangers
Travel throughout Eriador to gather the Grey Company.
Book II - Ride of the Grey Company
Assist the Rangers on the first leg of their journey south.
Book III - Echoes of the Dead
Discover more about the mysterious dwarf Nár.
Book IV - Rise of Isengard
Travel to Dunland, and uncover the influence of Saruman the Many-Coloured there. Aid the Grey Company in halting Saruman's advances, ally or do battle with the tribal Dunlendings, and tread the valley of Nan Curunír; where the enemy fortress of Isengard looms.
Book V - The Prince of Rohan
The time has come to part ways with the Grey Company, who must soon begin the next leg of their journey. Your aid, however, is required at the Fords of the Isen: where Prince Théodred of the Mark is preparing to do battle against Saruman's forces to secure the Gap of Rohan.

The Riders of Rohan

Book VI - Mists of the Anduin
Seek the wisdom of the Lady Galadriel after experiencing troubling dreams, witness the return of Gandalf, now the White, and ride South past the Great River... towards Rohan.
Book VII - A Fellowship Endangered
The Fellowship of the Ring is in peril. At Galadriel's behest, you must lead a fellowship of your own to discover their fate.
Book VIII - Into the Riddermark
You must pursue the Uruk-hai (and the Fellowship they endanger) across the plains of Rohan. To do that, you're going to need a better horse...
Book IX - The Third Marshal
Ride with Éomer, the Third Marshal, to learn what became of the Uruk-hai, and what is to come for Rohan.
Book X - Snows of Wildermore
Investigate why contact has been lost with the region of Wildermore.

The Battle of Helm's Deep

Book XI - The Golden Hall
Witness the return of Théoden King and help prepare his people for war against the White Hand.
Book XII - War in the Westemnet
Aid the people of West Rohan as the forces of Saruman ravage the land and treachery is found in unlikely places.
Book XIII - Helm's Deep
Join the Rohirrim for their final stand at the fortress of the Hornburg, where the fate of Rohan will be decided.
Book XIV - The Waters of Isengard
Journey with Aragorn, Gandalf and Theoden as they go to confront Saruman in Isengard.

Volume IV - The Strength of Sauron

The Siege of Gondor

Book I - The Road to Gondor
Travel south into the kingdom of Gondor and to the great city of Dol Amroth.
Book II - The Dawnless Day
Travel into Central Gondor and aid Aragorn in the retaking of Pelargir.
Book III - Voices of the Past
Aid Aragorn and the people of Eastern Gondor in preparation for the battle in Osgiliath.
Book IV - Siege of the White City
Defend the city of Minas Tirith against the besieging armies of Mordor.
Book V - The Ride of the Rohirrim
Aid the armies of Rohan and help them find a safe road to Minas Tirith in time to defend their allies against the ravening hordes of Mordor.
Book VI - The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Take part in the final defence of Minas Tirith as the Witch-king of Angmar descends upon the field and many fates are decided.

The Return of the King

Book VII - The Trap
Escort Aragorn and the Host of the West into North Ithilien beneath the ever-watchful Eye of Sauron as you march toward the Black Land of Mordor, where the shadows lie.
Book VIII - The Black Gate
Experience the Host of the West’s climactic confrontation with Sauron’s forces at the Battle of the Black Gate, as Aragorn seeks to draw Sauron’s Eye away from his true peril.
Book IX - The Ring Of Power
Witness the fate of the One Ring and Sauron! The Epic quest line reaches a major milestone, and remains free to all players.

Volume V - The Peace of Middle-earth

A Kingly Wedding

Book I - A Time of Celebration
Join the wedding between Aragorn and Arwen.

The Black Book of Mordor

Into the Fires

Chapter 1 - Where the Shadows Lie
Sauron may be defeated, but much of his malice still remains in Mordor.
Chapter 2 - The Light of Eärendil
Uncover the mystery of a tainted artifact stolen from the dungeons of Durthang.
Chapter 3 - The Gúrzyul
In Sauron's wake, his lieutenants vie for power over the Plateau of Gorgoroth.
Chapter 4 - Union of Evil
Stop Lhaereth the Stained from uniting the forces of Darkness in Mordor.
Chapter 5 - Legacy of the Necromancer
Aid the Elves of Lothlórien and Mirkwood in their assault on Dol Guldur.

The Legacy of Vóin

Chapter 6 - Wood, Lake, Mountain, and Stone
Chase the Weeping Warrior as he makes his way to the Strongholds of the North.
Chapter 7 - The Tales of Khîl
Aid the Erebor and Ironhill dwarves against foes of the east and make a suprising discovery.
Chapter 8 - A Land of Dragons
Aid Durin, son of Thorin III, in his quest for glory in the Grey Mountains.
Chapter 9 - Challenging the Zhélruka
Aid the Zhélruka in their battle against Karazgar.
Chapter 10 - Aiding the Wilderfolk
Aid the Beornings and the Wilderfolk in the Vales of Anduin.

The Secrets of Mordor

Interlude: Shades in the Swamp - The Maiden's Trial
Investigate the darkness disturbing the sleep of the shades in the Gladden fields.
Chapter 11 - A Window on the Past
Listen to the tales of Mordor and the Siege of Barad-dûr during the War of the Last Alliance.
Chapter 12 - The Siege of Barad-dûr
Learn of the breaking of the Siege of Barad-dûr and the downfall of Sauron at the end of the Second Age.
Chapter 13 - The Vale of Sorcery
Join Faramir, Prince of Ithilien, and his Rangers as they move into the Morgul Vale, still occupied by the remnants of Sauron's armies.
Chapter 14 - The Reclamation of Minas Ithil
Enter the once-beautiful city of Minas Morgul and confront an old enemy at last.
Epilogue
There are a few last secrets to be dug from shades and the Black Book of Mordor...

The Legacy of Durin and the Trials of the Dwarves

Assembling an Army

Chapter 1 - An Echo in the Mountains
Try to keep the peace in Skarháld, where the Longbeards, Zhélruka, and Stout-axes are living in close quarters.
Chapter 2 - Inspecting the Wells
Travel south into the Wells of Langflood to take a measure of the orkish presence near Skarháld.
Chapter 3 - Closing in on Gundabad
March with the Gabil'akkâ, the Unified Army of Dwarves, into Elderslade and gather the strength to assault Gundabad.
Chapter 4 - A First Confrontation
The War of Three Peaks begins. Assault the gates of Gundabad and challenge Gorgar the Ruthless.
Interlude: Blood of Azog - Assaulting Khazad-Dûm
Study the history of the last great war between dwarves and orcs as recorded by Hermáth Stormhammer.

Inside the Mountainhold

Chapter 5 - The Mighty Court of Máttugard
Enter Gundabad and seize control of the court of Máttugard.
Chapter 6 - The Sculptors Apprentice
Look after Eskil Bloodthumb, apprentice of sculptor Stáli the Hewer.
Chapter 7 - Into the North
Journey into the Pit of Stonejaws and Câr Bronach to deal with the Angmarim presence.
Chapter 8 - The Secrets of Durthuzâram
Discover the birthplace of the dwarves and the beautiful valley of Clovengap.
Chapter 9 - A Traitors Deal
Help Durin get the information he needs.
Chapter 10 - Rebelling Dwarves
Learn of the presence that has been watching you in Gundabad.
Chapter 11 - The Last Dwarrowmoot
Ready yourself for the final confrontation of Gundabad.
Epilogue
Say goodbye to Mount Gundabad and Prince Durin.
Interlude - The Stone of Rhudaur
Trace the Tauressar into Angmar and stop the Angmarim from rising again.

The Song of Waves and Wind

The Renewal of Gondor

Chapter 1 - The Heirs of Castamir
On your way to catch Indagir, learn about what transpired between Umbar and the Heirs of Castamir and inform King Elessar what threat is waiting just outside of Gondor.
Chapter 2 - Of Dwarves and Swans
Follow King Elessar to Furukzahar and Dol Amroth in order to begin the rebuilding process of Gondor.
Chapter 3 - The Lands of Langstrand
Travel to the outskirts of Gondor to bring the people of Anfalas word of their late Lord Golasgil.
Chapter 4 - Knight of the Green Hills
Continue north to the Green Hills of the Pinnath Gelin where the King must make an important decision.

The Sister City

Chapter 5 - The Voyage of the Wave-hunter
Journey to the Southern Archipelago with a crew of trusted companions for a daring rescue mission.
Chapter 6 - The City of Corsairs
Make your way through the Cape of Umbar towards the mighty port-city of Umbar Baharbêl where many dangers await.
Chapter 7 - Every River Leads to the Sea
Infiltate the Citadel of Winds in order to free the hostages taken by the Kindred of the Coins
Chapter 8 - A New Dawn for Umbar
As the Kindred falls apart, the crew of the Wave-hunter tries to guide Umbar before a new power can rise.
Chapter 9 - The Beast Below
Venture beneath the city to search for the Sea-beast.

Deed Involvement

After completing book 1 to book 8 of Volume I: A Light from the Shadow
After completing book 9 to book 15 of Volume I: Bearer of Hope
After completing book 1 to book 6 of Volume II: Avenger of Khazad-dûm
After completing book 7 to book 9 of Volume II: Stalwart against the Shadow
After completing book 1 to book 14 of Volume III: Friend to the Heir of Isildur

Credits

Volume III Book 4 Quest Notes By: Jeff ‘MadeOfLions’ Libby.