Middle-earth Video Highlights: Hobbit Drinking Medley

Middle-earth Video Highlights: Hobbit Drinking Medley

Aug 21, 2016

This week’s video highlight brings us a series of great hobbit drinking songs.  “Hobbit Drinking Medley – Peter Hollens feat. Hank Green!!” was released in 2016 on Peter Hollen’s YouTube channel. Do you know of a good Middle-earth themed video and want it to be featured in this series? Send an email to contact@lotroplayers.com with...

[trial] How did you survive lotro?

Disclaimer: This article is on a personal accord. To test the waters out for this kind of series. We all know the tales of doom and gloom. They have been around forever since the dawn of MMO’s. And now that i got you clickbaited into this article. How come you have played a game longer then there are terms in an US presidential lifetime? Where some games...

Memorial Event for Tinki

Memorial Event for Tinki

Jul 8, 2016

Dear LOTRO Players, With a sad heart I have to pass on the news that LOTRO has lost another fine player. Tinki has left Middle-Earth, she sails over the western seas to the Undying Lands. I first met Tinki and cousin Pipsi in my early days as a member of The Lonely Mountain Band, we LOTRO’d as a group of role-players experiencing The Shire content while...

Turbine Purchased by Disney in Landslide Deal; Creates The Lords of Toontown Online

Turbine Purchased by Disney in Landslide Deal; Creates The Lords of Toontown Online

Apr 1, 2016

Please note: The following post was an April Fool’s joke and is not real. Well, Disney has done it again. In just a few years after the purchase of LucasArts, Disney has now bought Turbine in a landmark deal, worth $1.5 billion. When asked about the purchase, Turbine founder, Johnny Monsarrat said “it was a nice deal. We really needed the money, and...

A Look at Boromir’s Sword

Have you ever wondered how useful Boromir’s sword would be in battle? Some swords that you see in fantasy movies and literature are too silly to use in battle. In the two videos below, Theng Thrand puts Boromir’s sword to the test. In the first video, he tests the sword using two hands and in the other he tests it with a large shield. So it appears...

24-hour St. Jude PLAY LIVE Charity Stream

Starting Thursday, December 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. EST, Arathaert will be doing a 24-hour live charity stream on his Twitch channel to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At St. Jude’s, no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. They share their groundbreaking treatment discoveries and have pushed the childhood cancer...

Is Peter Jackson Going To Direct A Doctor Who Episode?

Today Peter Jackson posted a video that suggests he might be directing an episode of Doctor Who. While it is not confirmed Jackson will be directing an episode of Doctor Who, it would be surprising if they went to all this trouble for nothing. As a side note, you may not have noticed but there is a copy of The Silmarillion with several sticky notes in it.  It...

Friendship France – Sirannon Server

Dear LOTRO Players, Our dear friends over on Sirannon are hosting an event this Sunday the 22nd November. All are invited to Sirannon – “We show our friendship to the french community of LOTRO after the attacks on Paris which happened on Friday, November the 13th. Notenzauber will open the event with a 30 minute concert, after that it’s an open...

40 Minute Tolkien Interview – 1965

In 1965, Tolkien was interviewed by Denis Gueroult about the sub-creation of The Lord of the Rings. John Rateliff, the author of The History of the Hobbit, wrote the following on the interview: “I think this is by far the best interview Tolkien ever gave. It’s one of only two that extends to a good length . . . and the only one in which the interviewer...

LOTRO Poems #16

Hello Friends! Welcome to the long awaited 16th edition of LOTRO Poems! Woohoo! Exams and work kept me from doing justice to Tolkien inspired poetry so I waited till I could do it justice before publishing more. Also I am involved in writing this amazing new video lore series , so check it out if you haven’t done so already, Middle-earth Lore chapter 1:...

Rent Your Own Hobbit Hole

Ever wanted to camp like a hobbit? Well did you know that there is a Kickstarter to build a very real Hobbit dwelling in England? West Stow Pods is spearheading the project to bring a Poddit Hole to the Suffolk countryside. They’re working with Tolkien Society member Alan Baxter to make sure that their dwelling is as close to authentic as is possible. In...

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...

Making Aragorn’s Sword – Man at Arms

The YouTube show Man at Arms: Reforged remakes iconic film weapons every other week.  This episode they decided to remake Aragorn’s Sword and it is just as epic as it...

LOTRO Poems #15

Hello Friends! Welcome to the 15th edition of LOTRO Poems! Woohoo! These last few weeks have been awesome..If you guys didn’t know already, I was guest on LOTRO Players News #92. It was an awesome experience and the first one of its kind for me. Casual Raiders had some amazing weeks as well. We as a kin were able to finish Ost Dunhoth Tier 2 as well as...

Coursera LOTRO Course Starts April 27

Over the last couple years, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have exploded in popularity. Without leaving your chair, you can take college-level courses in neuroscience, finance, management, philosophy, computer programming, music production, and nearly countless other subjects. By now many LOTRO players know about Coursera’s course called ‘Online...

Student Suspended For Threatening With The One Ring

According to an article by The New York Daily News, a student in Texas was suspended for threatening to cause another student to disappear with The One Ring. “I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy’s father later wrote in an email. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right...

LOTRO Poems #13

Hail Friends! Welcome to the 13th edition of LOTRO Poems and a Happy -18 days late- New Year!!! Hope you all had a great start to this year. It is going to be an interesting year for LOTRO and lets hope we all get what we desire.  This week Casual Raiders were able to complete Ost Dunhoth Disease Tier 2 Challenge. It was the first time we were able to finish it...

LOTRO’s Senior World Builder To Speak At Mythmoot III

The Senior Wold Builder for LOTRO, Chris Pierson, will be giving a presentation on world-building at Mythmoot III. “He moved to the States to work as a designer for Turbine Games, the originator of LOTRO. His tenure at Turbine goes back to the beginning of LOTRO, and he has many stories and insights to share about the challenges, joys and frustrations of...

Bag End Litter Box and Barad-dûr Cat Scratching Post

Recently Break released a new video in their Super Fan Builds series, where they have Tim Baker and his expert team of modelers make awesome stuff for super fans. This episode’s fan is a super Tolkien fan… with cats! I can definitely relate. So Tim Baker and his crew decided to make him a Bag End litter box and Barad-dûr scratching post for his...

Making Sauron’s Mace – Man at Arms

The YouTube show Man at Arms: Reforged remakes iconic film weapons every other week.  This episode they decided to remake Sauron’s Mace and it is just as epic as it...