The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) is a Free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG).
The Lord of the Rings [Online] is the ultimate adventure! This award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game delivers an interactive experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places, and monsters from the most famous fantasy of all time.
Become a Legendary Hero! choose from four iconic races - Dwarf, Elf, Hobbit, and Man - each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The class you pick will define your role as an adventurer in Middle-earth. Not all races can play all classes.
The Epic Story is an ongoing series of adventures, or quests, steeped with intrigue and action. These adventures begin the moment you start playing, and feature characters like Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Strider, Ranger of the North; during significant events in the Epic Story, Session Play lifts you from your hero's shoes and puts you in temporary control of a legendary character. But no matter the method of storytelling, you will always earn rewards for your developing hero.
Skirmishes are objective driven battles you create, customize, and instantly teleport to from any place and time you please. Objective types include offensive, defensive, and survival and rewards from these battles pile up in the form of armour, weaponry, and more. Iconic Skirmish locations include Weathertop, The Shire, Moria, and many more. Skirmishes can be played solo or with up to 11 friends and AI Soldiers which are customizable characters that can aid you in battle and range from archers and healers to damage dealers and defenders.
There are many ways to play LOTRO, and many item crafting vocations: Armourer, Armsman, Explorer, Historian, Tinkerer, Woodsman, or Yeoman. In the beginning, an in-game tutorial teaches you about each crafting vocation. As your crafting level rises, you can create increasingly powerful armour, weapons, and jewelry. At master crafting of the highest level, you can create rare Legendary Items.