LOTRO Players News Episode 146: Running Elronds


This week we give our first impressions of Update 18.

Game News

Pelennor Fields – First Impressions

Scheduled Server Downtime: Tuesday, April 12th

Update 18 Release Notes

Making Pelennor Fields – Dev Diary

Featured Instance Rewards Only Level 100+

Non-Imbuement LI Progression After Level 100 is ‘a Bug’

Pelennor Fields Epic Story Predictions

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  • Milestone Skills
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LOTRO Players News

Community Events: April 15th-1st

Poll: What Are You Looking Forward to Most With Update 18?

LOTRO Academy: 123 – Collections

Small LOTRO Adventures Episode 49

The Ninny Hammers Perform: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire

The Family Line Part 87

A Critters Journey Part 19

Poems of the Pine: The Leaves of Lorien





  • Played through part of the new zone and really enjoyed it



  • Explored the haunted basement of the Forsaken Inn with the Beardkissers, discovered that undead pirates and water slides make for a FUN evening.



  • Did the new epic—OMG! OMG! OMG!



  • Did the new epic—OMG! OMG! OMG!



  • Played the bear on stream for the first time this week, OP furball is OP.



  • Ran start of Hytbold for the first time in years.


News Beyond LOTRO

Middle-earth Video Highlights: Why Bombadil Was Cut


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Trotter writes:


Might want to mention this on Lotro Players News, but if you want to start the Epic in Far Anorien, you need to speak to Mithrandir in Minas Tirith to start it.

Did not realise this for a while and had to go back and pick up the Epic, not very well signposted by Turbine.



In a second email, Trotter writes:

“Another thought about U18 that you may want to discuss, if you are level 105 and you do Drac’s favourite part of the game, Epic Battles, are you are now downscaled to level 100, and how does that work?

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  1. Trotter here, I have tried an Epic Battle at 105 and am I downscaled to 100, not happy about this 🙁

  2. Tosaf of Landroval (formally of Silverlode) /

    Karvett, if you are on Landroval. Send me an email and I’ll get you some gear to make you non-squishy. Guards have to stay together.

  3. Tirian /

    Regarding the Beacon Hills, there are a couple of quests that will send you there, from the Rohirrim War Steading – one links you to the new hub of Ost Rimmon, to find a missing rider, to prevent him from being late from the battle (called Sirthgar, iirc).

    However, if you can manage to restrain yourself from doing the epic (I must admit, I couldn’t on my first character), then you should try and complete the Beacon Hills first (and indeed, all of Taur Druadan), as there are a couple of additional quest chains (one from the errand rider Bregdal, the other from a certain group of Riders found in Ost Rimmon, near the Quarry, that we might have met before…) which run throughout, and concurrently, with the main epic quest throughout the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

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