Lord of the Rings Online

  • Deadly from a Distance...the Hunter!

    Turbine may offer a brief glimpse of the Hunter class on the Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar website, but we've got the goods--or the speculation, at least. Shayalyn provides insight into the Hunter, a stealthy ranged combatant, and gives her views on how the class might turn out in LOTRO.

    The word “hunter,” in the context of a role-playing game, conjures up images of a stealthy whose skill with a bow is matched by none. He is not only an excellent marksman, but a cunning tracker

    Check out our take on the Hunter at LotRO - Ten Ton Hammer.

    Fri, May 19, 2006
  • European website for The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ goes live with Beta signups.

    Codemasters Online Gaming is today pleased to announce the launch of the official European website for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar at

    As an added bonus, Codemasters Online Gaming and Turbine, Inc. have also announced that sign ups for the European and North American Beta Program will also go live today. To sign up for the European Beta Program please go to

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar European website will be providing content in English, French and German along with localised forums. The striking site, designed to fit within a 1024*768 frame, is a glorious fusion between the bright, rolling hills of the Shire and the dark foreboding wastelands of Angmar.

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is the first and only MMORPG based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien and is currently in development at Turbine’s studios in Westwood, Mass. Codemasters Online Gaming will co-publish (with Turbine) and operate the title across Europe. Language support will include English, French and German.

    Ed Blincoe, Product Marketing Manager at Codemasters Online Gaming, commented:
    “Launching the website, complete with the opportunity for our community to sign up for the Beta, shows Codemasters’ commitment to The Lord of the Rings Online. This is just the beginning of a concerted effort to make sure people who are excited about the game will be able to get into the Beta and experience the amazing world that Turbine has created.”

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar allows players to discover their heroic destiny in the ongoing struggle for Middle-earth™. Players of all levels can experience and explore incredibly detailed realms and join familiar characters in an evolving and persistent re-creation of the beloved world depicted by Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

    Players can adventure solo or forge their own fellowships online with others, as they face hideous monsters and minions of Sauron, fight epic battles to defend Middle-earth, and immerse themselves in the greatest adventure of our time.

    For the latest news and images from The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, visit

    Chek out more about Turbine's Lord of the Rings online on Lord of the Rings Online @ Ten Ton Hammer

    Wed, May 10, 2006
  • Turbine, Inc. has officially started taking Beta player registrations for the highly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM), the first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

    For your chance to be selected for The Lord of the Rings Online(TM) Beta,Sign - up Here. The Beta Program will launch later this summer.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Wed, May 10, 2006
  • Every gamer wants--no needs-- to know about the classes in a new game. But the Tolkien fans looking forward to beta of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO) demand to know more than just the name of each class. They want assurance that each class closely adheres to the lore of Middle-earth while providing a functioning game mechanic. New LOTRO contributor Vastori takes a peek at the Champion and tells us what to expect.

    “Turbine has indeed said that although dual-wielding is a focus of the Champion, it is by no means the only choice for players. Players will in fact have several other choices they can make in order to make their Champion unique, from different weapon specialties to various battle stances. These choices will also help the Champion survive in battle. The ability to strike first will work heavily in the Champion’s favor since her speed and agility are not suited to the heavier armor types.”

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    Wed, May 10, 2006
  • Have you been waiting for a glimpse of Middle Earth? has an exclusive look at Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. This trailer has already seen over 8000 downloads and counting.

    Check it out here.

    Mon, May 08, 2006
  • Introducing the Devs...

    When it comes to Lord of the Rings Online game developers, some have full-scale bios everywhere, complete with pictures and plenty of information. But our friends at Turbine are decidedly low-key, preferring to let the game speak for them in lieu of lengthy profiles detailing their career moves, hobbies, and number of dependent children. Since Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar is scheduled to launch late this year, and because Turbine’s developers are well worth getting to know, we've done some major Googling (sort of akin to turning over lots of rocks) in order to better reveal them to you.

    Jeffrey Steefel’s experience covers 15 years or so in the entertainment and technology industries, working with companies ranging from small start-ups to industry giants like Sony, and now Turbine. As Vice President of Programming & Production for Sony Online Entertainment, Steefel headed digital studios in Los Angeles and New York, supervising production, programming and development for The [email protected]. Steefel also supervised the launch and operation of many online franchises including JEOPARDY! Online, Wheel of Fortune Online, and Trivial Pursuit Online. Ever play in the online virtual world of Steefel supervised that launch, too.

    Get the scoop on the Turbine LOTRO developers at LotRO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, May 01, 2006
  • There are some really nice screenshots of Turbine's upcoming Lord of the Rings Online at Eurogamer for your viewing pleasure.

    More Lord of the Rings Online information than you could ever want.

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    Fri, Apr 28, 2006
  • Smials - Great big bunkers for little bitty hobbits.

    The Great Smials, or the Great Place of the Tooks, were excavated in Tuckborough by Isengrim II, the tenth Thain of the Shire and grandfather of the famous Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took. A great family hole akin to the Brandybucks' Brandy Hall, the Great Smials are deep and many-tunnelled. They were not only designed to provide a home for many generations of Tooks, but also to defend against incursion in dark times.

    Read more about the smials right here.

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    Thu, Apr 27, 2006
  • LotRO - TenTonHammer interviews the White Wizard!

    What prompted Gandalf to ask Bilbo to surrender his magic ring? What really happened after Gandalf, along with the balrog, plunged into the chasm in Moria? How did Gandalf the Grey return as Gandalf the White? Our reporter in Middle-earth meets with the legendary wizard to learn his secrets.

    “What can you tell me about who you are, and where you come from?”

    “That,” said Gandalf, “is rather complicated.” He reached behind his beard and seemed to draw a pipe from nowhere. He continued to talk as he filled the bowl. “I came to Middle-earth as one of the Istari, the order of wizards who arrived after the first millennium of the Third Age.”

    Read the interview at LotRO - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • It's a famous landmark and now you get to see it through the eyes of the Turbine crew. See the Brandywine Bridge here. and read the lore behind it.

    The Bridge of Stonebows, as the Brandywine Bridge was once called, was built originally by the Men of Arnor as a causeway across the Barandúin River on the Great East Road. When the founders of the Shire were granted their land by the king of Arthedain, the price was simple: to maintain and care for the Bridge so that travel into the West would never be impeded. The Hobbits of the Shire performed their duty, even long after the North-kingdom failed, and maintained the great stone bridge, denying none passage, Man, Elf, or Dwarf. Though the river's name was changed to the Brandywine and the bridge itself became the Brandywine Bridge, the Hobbits of the Shire continue to care for and keep watch on the Bridge.

    See what's new on our Lord of the Rings Online Community Site!
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    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
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