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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: 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...

LOTRO Legendarium: My LOTRO wishlist for 2017

Ever since I've been covering Lord of the Rings Online for this site (dating back to 2010!), I've had a tradition of kicking...

LOTRO Legendarium: A cautious hope for the future

One of the threads that weaves the Lord of the Rings narrative together is that of hope. Holding onto faith in friends, perseverance against...

How 2016 took Lord of the Rings Online to the gates of Mordor

As Lord of the Rings Online nears its impressive 10th birthday in April of next year, we see a game that's in many...

LOTRO Legendarium: Nine years in Middle-earth

There are always those gut-check moments in your life when you realize just how much time has passed. For instance, I'm going to look...

LOTRO Legendarium: Looking back and forwards with LOTRO

I think it is safe to say without any malice whatsoever that Lord of the Rings Online has firmly entered its autumn years. Everything...

LOTRO Legendarium: Eight years, eight pictures, eight stories

I might be a little tardy in doing this, but every spring since I started to write about Lord of the Rings Online,...

LOTRO Legendarium: The return of the dungeon

While I've been playing Lord of the Rings Online as one of my main MMOs for almost a decade now, it's primarily been...

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