Lord Of The Rings Online

Directed by Randall Ryan, Ali Donovan. With Alexander Brandon, Harry Chase, Chris Edgerly, Erin Fitzgerald. Explore and quest throughout all of Middle-earth as you aid in the battle against forces of evil. The Lord of the Rings Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Microsoft Windows and OS X set in J. Tolkien's Middle-earth, taking place during the time period of The Lord of the Rings. Developed by Turbine, Inc., the game launched in North America, Australia, Japan, and Europe in April 2007 as The Lord of the Rings.

Lord of the Rings Online Overview. Lord of the Rings Online was originally a subscription-based MMORPG, but now allows players to get a taste of the iconic world of Middle Earth for free. That world has been massively expanded over the years with continuous updates. The Lord of the Rings Online (previously titled The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for Microsoft Windows and OS X set in J. Tolkien's Middle-earth, taking place during the time period of The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep - Official Trailer. Experience the finale of Rohan's Epic Story and the beginning of all-out war in Middle-Earth with Helm's Deep, the upcoming expansion.

LOTRO Professions Guide:
Finding the Perfect Profession for Your Character


My LOTRO Professions Guide will take you through all of the crafting professions and help you pick the right one for you. Crafting can be a very fun aspect of The Lord of the Rings Online.. but it can also be frustrating and irritating if you don't like your profession! Hopefully I can help make your item making life a little more enjoyable ;)

This guide will cover all ten of the professions, including:
• Jeweller
• Cook
• Scholar
• Woodworker
• Tailor
• Metalsmith
• Weaponsmith
• Farmer
• Prospector
• Forester

Once you decide on the profession you want to focus on, it's important to pick a vocation that will best fit that profession. We'll cover all of that as well.

Picking a Vocation
With all of the changes to crafting, crafting guilds, and with the legendary weapons you'll want to make the right choice of vocation. Find out more here!

If you're looking for the best profession in the Lord of the Rings Online game, you will probably be interested in the Jeweller. It's long been one of my favorites and is definitely one to consider strongly. Find out all the nitty gritty about what makes it so good here.

It's tough to say which of the LOTRO professions is better, the cook or jeweller. They both have some very useful recipes and can make your character much better. Find out what the cook can do for you here!

The Scholar is another great profession and definetly in the top three if I had to rank them. Potions.. need I say more? Find out what the scholar can do for you here!

Minstrel instruments and off hand weapons are the strengths of this craft. Find out what the woodworker can.. and can't do for you here!

Kings chance casino. Looking to make cloaks, light, and medium armour? Then this is the one for you. Check out the good, bad, and the ugly about this profession here.

If you need a great shield then you need a metalsmith! Find out the strengths and weaknesses of this profession here.

If you're into making weapons, this is the profession for you. Find out the good and bad about this profession.

Thinking about being a cook? Make sure you are a farmer as well! You'll want to grow all those tasty ingredients yourself!

Get all the ore you need with this profession. It's a serious necessity if you're going to make a lot of weapons and heavy armour.

Chop that wood.. boil those hides. You need to have this profession if you want to be a good tailor or woodworker.

I hope you found my LOTRO Professions Guide helpful. I plan on continuing to add to it, so check back often! And as always, let me know if you ever want information on any other crafting topics or have other requests!

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An expansion is a purchasable addition to the existing base game.

In the Lord of the Rings Online, an expansion generally includes the following:

  • Level cap increase
  • New map(s) with explorable landscape content
  • New landscape quests
  • Epic story continuation
  • New game system(s) or mechanic(s)
  • New crafting tier
  • New reputation faction(s)

Group content and updates

Originally, expansions also included instances and raids. However, in recent years the trend to release content more gradually emerged, and group content has usually been added in separate updates after the expansion release date. Similarly, new reputation factions, gear, crafting recipes and landscape content has been added at a later date. Regardless, this content can only be accessed after the expansion has been purchased.

Payment model

LOTRO expansions can usually be pre-ordered before release. Pre-ordering allows for earlier access to the expansions. Generally, various pre-order versions are available, of which the more expensive ones offer exclusive rewards. After release, expansions may also be bought with LOTRO Points (formerly Turbine Points).

Current expansions

LOTRO currently counts eight expansions. The following table lists them all, ordered by release date.

ExpansionNicknameRelease dateLevel cap increase
Mines of MoriaMoMNovember 18, 2008from 50 to 60
Siege of MirkwoodSoMSeptember 4, 2009from 60 to 65
Rise of IsengardRoIJanuary 1, 2011from 65 to 75
Riders of RohanRoROctober 15, 2012from 75 to 85
Helm's DeepHDNovember 20, 2013from 85 to 95
MordorMordorAugust 2, 2017from 105 to 115
Minas MorgulMMNovember 5, 2019from 120 to 130
War of Three PeaksWoTPNovember 20, 2020No Level Increase

Note that while expansions typically include a level cap increase, the level cap has also been increased in between expansions:

  • On July 14, 2014, the level cap was increased from 95 to 100 with Update 14, The Paths of the Dead.
  • On April 12, 2016, the level cap was increased from 100 to 105 with Update 18, The Battle of Pelennor.
  • On October 9, 2018, the level cap was increased from 115 to 120 with Update 23, Where Dragons Dwell.


This gallery shows the official logo for each expansion.

  • Mines of Moria

  • Siege of Mirkwood

  • Rise of Isengard

  • Riders of Rohan

  • Helm's Deep

  • Mordor

  • Minas Morgul

  • War of Three Peaks


  • Ten years of LOTRO: A History of Virtual Middle-earthRavalation, on 8 May 2017.
  • Lotro legendarium: A trip back through LOTRO's expansionsMassively OP, on 19 August 2017.

Mines of Moria (2008) • Siege of Mirkwood (2009) • Rise of Isengard (2011) • Riders of Rohan (2012) • Helm's Deep (2013) • Mordor (2017) • Minas Morgul (2019) • War of Three Peaks (2020)

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