The Lord of the Rings Online

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The Lord of the Rings Online
The Lord of the Rings Online cover
Developers
Former Turbine, Inc.
Current Standing Stone Games
Publishers
Standing Stone Games
Engines
Turbine G3
Release dates
Windows April 24, 2007
macOS (OS X) December 8, 2012
The Lord of the Rings Online guide at StrategyWiki
The Lord of the Rings Online at Wikipedia
Middle-earth
The Hobbit 1982
The Fellowship of the Ring 1985
The Shadows of Mordor 1987
J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth 1988
The Crack of Doom 1989
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II 1992
The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) 2002
The Return of the King 2003
War of the Ring 2003
The Hobbit (2003) 2003
The Battle for Middle-earth 2004
The Battle for Middle-earth II 2006
The Lord of the Rings Online 2007
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest 2009
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North 2011
Lego Middle-earth (series)
Guardians of Middle-earth 2012
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of War 2017
Journeys in Middle-earth 2019
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum 2021

Key points

Free to play.

General information

Official site (US)
Official site (Europe)
One Wiki to Rule Them All - A wiki dedicated to The Lord of the Rings series
Tolkien Gateway - A huge wiki dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien's work and related media
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Requires a Turbine account.

Essential improvements[edit]

Remove Pando Media Booster (non-Steam)[edit]

The non-Steam version updates via BitTorrent using Pando Media Booster which constantly seeds in the background.
The Steam version does not use Pando Media Booster; these steps are not needed if you installed through Steam.[1]
Remove Pando Media Booster[3]
  1. Open Programs and Features:
    • Vista and later: Open the Start screen/Start menu, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: Press Win+R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Find the Pando Media Booster entry if it is there and run it to remove it.
  3. If Pando Media Booster was not listed there go to the installation folder:[2]
    • 64-bit Windows: %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Pando Networks\Media Booster
    • 32-bit Windows: %PROGRAMFILES%\Pando Networks\Media Booster
  4. Right click uninst.exe and choose Run as administrator.
  5. Confirm the removal of Pando Media Booster.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Lord of the Rings Online\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/212500/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Every key is rebindable.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Very limited. Most speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
The EU servers are physically located in Boston, USA.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80
UDP 2900-2910, 9000-9010
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
International clients require 3 GB of extra hard drive space
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD Graphics 3000
International clients require 3 GB of extra hard drive space

Notes

  1. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/212500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (212500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References