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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: Reviewing the Mordor soundtrack

Here's a weird thing to admit: I was actually concerned when I heard that Lord of the Rings Online brought back Chance...

LOTRO Legendarium: A shocking Halloween twist

Two of my absolute favorite "inconsequential" elements of Lord of the Rings Online have to be the Haunted Burrow every Halloween and the...

LOTRO Legendarium: Grading Lord of the Rings Online in 2017

At the beginning of 2017, it seemed as though a mini-renaissance was brewing for Lord of the Rings Online. Standing Stone Games broke...

LOTRO Legendarium: Six places LOTRO could go after Mordor

It always seems a bit unfair, a bit impatient, and a bit premature to be asking that eternal question of an MMO: "What's next?"...

LOTRO Legendarium: Is Mordor too difficult?

If there's one topic of discussion that I've been hearing a lot in world chat, on the forums, and among my kinship, it's about...

LOTRO Legendarium: A trip back through LOTRO’s expansions

Now that we're in the thick of Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor (which I'm still enjoying very much), my mind has...

LOTRO Legendarium: First steps into Mordor

Victory. It's a fascinating place to begin an expansion, really. Most games like to set up a new threat, pit players against impossible odds, and...

LOTRO Legendarium: Mordor’s pre-order is flat-out ridiculous

Outrageous. Ridiculous. Exciting. Exploitative. Controversial. This past week's announcement of Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor's launch date and pre-order packages set...

LOTRO Legendarium: Simply walking into Mordor

It has been a whirlwind week of news and reveals for Lord of the Rings Online players. Standing Stone Games finally pulled...

LOTRO Legendarium: Mirkwood, the best zone no one remembers

The other day I was continuing on with my Bingo Boffin adventures in Lord of the Rings Online when Mr. Boffin decided he...

LOTRO Legendarium: Seven abandoned LOTRO features

One of the hallmarks and attractions of MMORPGs is growth. These games, much like the characters that inhabit them, grow and change over time....

LOTRO Legendarium: Bingo Boffin’s unexpected journey

In addition to playing a lot of fantasy and sci-fi MMORPGs, I'm an avid reader of novels in the same genres. I never quite...

LOTRO Legendarium: 10th anniversary interview with Standing Stone’s Rob Ciccolini

As Lord of the Rings Online players revel in the varied activities of this year's 10th anniversary celebration, the crew at the newly...

LOTRO Legendarium: A marvelous decade of Middle-earth

The first I ever heard of Lord of the Rings Online was flipping through the pages of some gaming magazine back in early...

LOTRO Legendarium: Playing second fiddle to the Fellowship

Back when Lord of the Rings Online was being developed as Middle-earth Online in the late 1990s, the original concept was to...

LOTRO Legendarium: Heading into the Wastes as update 20 advances

If all goes well, within a few days the Lord of the Rings Online community will be getting its first glimpse of Mordor...

LOTRO Legendarium: A guide to starting fresh in Lord of the Rings Online

This past week, I received this letter from reader Thurro: "Your recent LOTRO resurgence has my interest, and from the sounds of you...

LOTRO Legendarium: Checking out LOTRO’s housing improvements

Like probably most of the population of Lord of the Rings Online, I was initially interested in player housing when it first came...

LOTRO Legendarium: 10 things we know about the Mordor expansion

We are one month into 2017, and already the MMO genre is brimming with anticipation over several upcoming expansions. One of those has no...

Massively OP Interview: Exploring LOTRO with the Tolkien Professor

If you are looking for a bridge between you and the sometimes dense (but quite popular) works of J.R.R. Tolkien, then you could do...

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