LOTRO prepares players for Mordor’s epic story

As Lord of the Rings Online players will be entering the land of Mordor after Sam and Frodo created a huge mess in it, the question on everyone’s mind is, “What will the story be?” We’re literally walking into new territory here, and LOTRO’s epic story promises to be up to the task of keeping everyone hooked.

The dev team was on hand Friday to talk about the epic story, saying that players will begin their adventures in Mordor by “unpausing” the Battle of the Black Gate that has been frozen in time since earlier this year. Players who use the new Aria of the Valar to artificially progress their characters to Mordor’s front gate will use a story “on ramp” for the new Volume IV Book 9. And yes, even players who don’t purchase the expansion will be able to finish up the epic story.

Story developer MadeOfLions hinted that we’ll still be seeing Frodo and Sam during the expansion story. “This has been a long time coming, and some of the elements of Book 9 have been gestating for almost a decade! Seeing it become real after living just in my head for so long has been a joy,” he said.


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odin valhalla

It’s fantastic news for people who still play. I am one of those people who never thought it would get this far, kudos to them for doing it. I like most of my guild (we do have 3 die hards tough) will never set forth in LOTRO again, never another penny.

For those still there, enjoy !

Melissa McDonald

Delay, won’t launch tomorrow 7/31… most of u have heard by now.
But that’s OK, get it right. We can wait a little longer.

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Glad it’s finally here, but I think it’s a shame that they included the high elves as part of Mordor in all the marketing, and then when the bundles came out not only restricted them to the $80/$120 bundles, but also elected to not make them available in the store (for LP or even individual purchase) until the fall. Bit of dirty pool from developers so dependent upon their loyal playerbase.


Launch delayed a bit, no news on exactly when it will be. Hopefully in the next couple of days still:


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Ashfyn Ninegold

I actually never thought we would get here. This is a tremendous accomplishment for SSG, one that makes their game historic. And whether you are new or old to the game, makes it worth playing.

When I think of the mess that is the WoW ‘epic’ and how much of that story is locked away behind raids and dungeons, LOTRO really stands out.

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Tobasco da Gama

Yeah, the commitment by the LOTRO team to treating all of the raids and such as interesting side stories rather than the main event is really admirable.


I feel like this is a special moment in several ways. As far as I can tell, no other MMO or game in general has ever been telling a single story arc over the course of 10 years and then brought it to a close.

This is not to belittle the lore or story telling of other MMOs in any way. AC, WoW, GW1/2 and many more all had/have fantastic lore. But usually you have story arcs that last for an expansion cycle at most, or if they last longer they aren’t the main focus and serve more as overarching background stories.

No matter how Mordor will be received in the end, the people at Turbine/SSG have achieved something remarkable.


This will be a hard ending to the story for those of us that loved the lore. After this it will be new stuff not actually related to Tolkien lore.


Or finally something new can happen. The current generations do not care mcuh for Middle Earth. It’s stale, old, ‘nice’ and charming at best. It doesn’t have any of the superhero stuff, it doesn’t have the compelling character plots and twists of Game of Thrones, it lacks vampires and werewolves, there’s no sandbox or survival elements, …

We all knew we were heading to Mordor, but Middle Earth was so much bigger than the story of the ring. There’s Rhûn, the story of the blue Wizards, Harad, Lindon, …
I didn’t buy the expansion, uninstalled the game after nearly a year of absence, but as far as I’m concerned, once they finally leave that linear path they can begin exploring those parts of Middle Earth that haven’t been excessively commercialised.

With a bit of luck LotRO will finally become interesting again in a year or 2.

Malcolm Swoboda

I can see a revival of the IP in the next few to several years.

I mean, in its own (NON CANON LOL) way, Shadow of Mordor/War is showing that the general setting, even taken with many liberties, can still be loved.

Its a small fantasy of mine to see a future VR technology let us totally chill in the Shire.

Fred Douglas

From seeing Aragon in there prancing pony 10 years ago to this. It’s going to be cool!