Update 19 Delayed

Update 19 Delayed

Oct 14, 2016

Cordovan posted the following announcement today on the forums: “The unfortunate part about being more open about when things might happen is I then need to post things like this when something comes up… It looks like we will not be able to get U19 out on Monday, as we found an issue with the Henneth Annun landscape that we want to correct prior to...

Update 19 Release Date Revealed

Update 19 Release Date Revealed

Oct 13, 2016

Update 10/14/16: U19 has been delayed and will not launch on Monday as this article states. See this link for more information.   In today’s LOTRO stream Update 19 Preview, Cordovan stated that the planned release date for update 19, March of the King, is Monday, October 17th. Cordovan: First off, Update 19: March of the King… our current release...

North Ithilien – A Preview in Pictures

North Ithilien – A Preview in Pictures

Oct 6, 2016

Greetings LOTRO Players! In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the new sights that are coming soon when Update 19 goes live later this month. I’ll give my thoughts on the new region below, and also be warned that you should not continue past this point if you want to experience these wonderful new views firsthand!   Ithilien, the Land of...

Belfalas Housing, North Ithilien, and Mordor – 2016 Producer’s Letter

Belfalas Housing, North Ithilien, and Mordor – 2016 Producer’s Letter

Sep 23, 2016

Today, Severlin posted the 2016 Producer’s Letter, detailing the plans for the game moving into 2017 and beyond. A few highlights: New premium housing in the Bay of Belfalas: own multiple homes in Gondor in addition to your classic homes in exchange for mithril coins New regions and new quests: North Ithilien, the Cross-roads, Osgiliath (After Battle) and...

LotRO and Lore: Where Now the Horse and the Rider?

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. Today we’ll ride across the plains of Rohan and pay special attention to the banners of its people. In Rohan, we are exposed to a variety of towns and villages of the Rohirrim,...

LotRO and Lore: The White Hand of Isengard

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. This week’s article will be fairly short, but I thought it was a rather interesting bit of trivia. When travelling in Nan Curunir, the Wizard’s Vale, an adventurer in...

LotRO and Lore: The Earth-kin

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. Today we delve into the origins of one of Turbine’s most enigmatic creations: The enormous Earth-kin. The Jorthkyn (or Earth-kin in Westron) are found in the eastern North Downs,...

LotRO and Lore: Statues of the Hobbits

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. This week we survey the statues of the hobbits, a curious race of halfling inhabiting the Shire.   Hobbits have no want for intricate masonry or tall towers; their architects build only...

LotRO and Lore: The Real Bird and Baby

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. Today we diverge from the novels and look at some of the real-world inspirations for the places and people we see in the game. Anyone who stops by the Shire is sure to have heard of...

LotRO and Lore: Statues of the Elves

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. This week we survey the statues of the elves. When I first wandered into the glades of Duillond and Celondim on the banks of the river Lune, I was taken aback by the beauty of the place...

LotRO and Lore: Kheled-zâram and the Dimrill Dale

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. Today we look at a region that was first introduced in the days of the Mines of Moria expansion. As much as I love Moria and it’s history, fresh air is always something I yearn for...

LotRO and Lore: The Shadows Where the Kergrim Dwell

Welcome back to LotRO and Lore, an article series where we take a look at a few of the stellar ways that Turbine ties Tolkien’s wonderful writings into the realm of the MMORPG. Today’s topic is one I have often wondered over the years: Where exactly did the Kergrim come from?     Kergrim are a race of greenish-purple wart-covered monstrosities,...

LotRO and Lore: The Blue Caste

The wide river Anduin separates the eastern banks of Rohan from its unkindly neighbors. We see the battles between the Easterlings and the Rohirrim most prominently in the Riders of Rohan expansion, as well as in the Great River region, where we are given a sneak-peak into the Brown Lands. Information about Easterling culture is scarce, so to flesh out these...

LotRO and Lore: Skorgrim’s Origins

As a long-time player of LotRO, I have many fond memories of a game that has inspired me to look deeper into the world that spawned from the highly-detailed mind of J.R.R. Tolkien. One of my favorite recollections was the first time I ever played; I anxiously waited for my download to finish, logged in to one of the recommended servers, and quickly rolled my...