It has been a far off thing for so long and now it is here. With a patch this morning, server transfers started between the 10 remaining servers with the closing servers to be added in the near future.
Vyvyanne, LOTRO’s executive producer, posted on the forums:
“Today the new transfer process officially begins!
With the patch that has gone live this morning, we have made transfers available to players moving between the following worlds. We will be starting with opening the remaining EU world transfers this morning and then will move to remaining US worlds this afternoon.
EU: Laurelin, Gwaihir, Sirannon, Evernight, Belegaer
US: Brandywine (off world only), Gladden, Landroval, Crickhollow, Arkenstone
Transfers between these worlds will be free until October 1st. Transfers to Brandywine are currently not available, but we do intend to make them available in the coming months.
We will be opening transfers off of the closing worlds starting in the next few weeks based off the performance of this initial set.
For details and FAQ regarding the new transfer process and world closures, please see the following article: https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/world-transfers“
UPDATE: US Transfers delayed:
“After monitoring and encountering some non-transfer related difficulties this afternoon, we are going to delay the opening of the cross-world transfers between the US servers: Brandywine (off world only), Gladden, Landroval, Crickhollow, Arkenstone.
We hope to have these available for you tomorrow.
Thank you for your patience!”
The producer also stated there will be a free period of transfers to Brandywine in the future:
“We will give at least 30 days of free moves to Brandywine once it is available for transfers on to it from the other remaining US worlds, as we are doing with the other servers. As for timeline, rough estimate is Fall. The new hardware is in build out stage now, but it is not a short process and a number of factors could affect timelines on it being ready to go.”
Another developer posted that if you want to transfer shared items back to a server you came from, there will be a two week delay from when you transferred those items originally.