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LOTRO Legendarium is a Lord of the Rings Online column by Justin Olivetti. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

LOTRO Legendarium: OK, let’s talk about Lord of the Rings Online on console

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I'll admit it: When EG7 acquired Daybreak back in 2020, I was very dismissive of the report that mentioned a console edition for Lord...

LOTRO Legendarium: The double-edged sword of being past the books

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This past week, Lord of the Rings Online crossed another major milestone in its development as it released its eighth expansion, Fate of Gundabad....

LOTRO Legendarium: Returning to LOTRO after seven years away

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It’s a strange feeling, returning to a place that holds a special meaning to you after many years have passed. When my high school...

LOTRO Legendarium: Six ways to renew your love of Lord of the Rings Online

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For a little bit of context, I have been playing Lord of the Rings Online since its beta and pre-launch period back in 2007....

LOTRO Legendarium: Maximizing your character’s first 20 levels in Lord of the Rings Online

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Probably more times than I can count, I have started up new characters in Lord of the Rings Online and gone through those oh-so-familiar...

LOTRO Legendarium: Embracing the journey that is Lord of the Rings Online

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I know that there are a whole lot of things I should be talking about Lord of the Rings Online in this week's space,...

LOTRO Legendarium: Fate of Gundabad is shaping up to be the full expansion that LOTRO needs

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Right before all of the news this week got sucked into the gravity well of the launch of a certain MMO, Lord of the...

LOTRO Legendarium: Why do we know so little about Fate of Gundabad?

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Over the past few months, my general sense of rising hope for Lord of the Rings Online has been tempered by a nagging disquiet...

LOTRO Legendarium: Analyzing the first look at Brawler and Legendary Items 3.0

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Friends, I am genuinely so excited to be a Lord of the Rings Online player these days. It feels like this year in the...

LOTRO Legendarium: Ranking LOTRO’s Rhovanion zones from worst to best

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A while back, I amused myself by ranking all of the Eriador zones in Lord of the Rings Online. It was a fun exercise...

LOTRO Legendarium: Why Lord of the Rings Online is worth playing in 2021

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It has come to my attention that there are more MMO nomads than normal this summer who are casting about for a new game...

LOTRO Legendarium: Exploring Lord of the Rings Online’s choose-your-own-ruleset

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Earlier this summer when Lord of the Rings Online kicked off its second batch of progression servers -- the slow Treebeard and speedy Shadowfax...

LOTRO Legendarium: 10 features that would make LOTRO even more fun

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For me, it's been a great month of easing back into Lord of the Rings Online after taking a sabbatical from Middle-earth. With the...

LOTRO Legendarium: Six suggestions to improve LOTRO’s business model

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First of all, I want to give praise where it's due: Lord of the Rings Online has done a great job in 2021 shedding...

LOTRO Legendarium: What returning to LOTRO feels like

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I don't think that I have ever rage-quit Lord of the Rings Online, but I certainly have put it down often enough. That's pretty...

LOTRO Legendarium: A tale of two progression servers

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Truly, this is a momentous week in the history of Lord of the Rings Online, if for nothing else than the addition of two...

The Daily Grind: Do promotional server rulesets hurt or help MMO communities?

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I was reading some interesting chatter on the Lord of the Rings Online forums following last week's announcement that SSG is rolling out two...

LOTRO Legendarium: How the landscape difficulty slider is changing the rules of the game

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For a long time now, one of the chief complaints about Lord of the Rings Online has been that... it's too easy. Players have...

LOTRO Legendarium: Six essential LOTRO store purchases for new characters

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In my Lord of the Rings Online career, I have started way, way too many brand-new characters. It's just something I do every so...

LOTRO Legendarium: Bilbo’s further adventures are anything but adventurous

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It is certainly not a quiet week around Lord of the Rings Online, as we got both a mid-tier content update and the 14th...

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