Lord of the Rings Online News

  • Exploring Middle-earth: Bree

    Another installment of Exploring Middle-earth is today's update to the to the official site for Lord of the Rings Online. Today we get a look at Bree.

    At the intersection of the Great East Road and the North Road, the town of Bree has long stood as a gathering place for Men, Hobbits, and other travelers from the far-off lands of Middle-earth. Long ago, Bree was a thriving town, set against a large, sloping hill within the vibrant lands of Arnor.

    Get clicking to read more! Let us know what you think of this area in the forums here at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Fri, Sep 15, 2006
  • Disambiguation

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated with a new Dev Diary. Nik Davidson offers this update titled Disambiguation...

    Gundo's wounds were serious. The dwarves had beaten the poor hobbit soundly with maces and axes. He'd lost a lot of blood. The corpses of his friends littered the field, but he was almost in the clear. His heart was beating fast; he had sent several dwarves to their bloody end, and he could hear their angry yells behind him. He ran - ran as fast as his stubby little hobbit legs could take him, his hands white-knuckled, gripping the flag. At last, he crested the hill, and the great horn sounded. Victory! Victory, but at what cost?

    Yeah, so that's what we're NOT doing.

    When we announced there would be PvP in LOTRO, I knew some people immediately would come up with the above nightmare scenario. (Or worse. You guys are hella creative.) As such, we just sort of shook our heads as people concluded that we were turning our game into "HOBBIGEDDON: SLAUGHTER AT BAG END." Nothing could be further from the truth. What I'd like to do today is clarify what we mean when we talk about playing evil races, and PvP in LOTRO.

    Keep reading to learn more. Are you looking forward to being able to PvP in Lord of the Rings Online? Share your thoughts with us in the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Wed, Sep 13, 2006
  • Three New Alpha Journals

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated with three new alpha journals to give us a glimpse at the game and its current state.

    Our Alpha Journals series continues! Below are more first impressions from our Alpha players. Again, stay tuned for more player impressions from Middle-earth, and if you haven't filled out your Beta Application yet, now would be a great time to do so (European players, sign up for Beta at!

    Get clicking to see what the Alpha testers have to say about the game! Have you stopped by our Lord of the Rings Online Community yet? It only takes a moment to register so head over and share your thoughts with us in the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Sep 04, 2006
  • What Do The Players Think?

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated with snippets of some of the Alpha tester's journals. Keep reading to find out...

    Neither rain nor sleet nor nosey hobbits...

    I must begin this entry by first stating a personal bias – quite simply, I love the shire as Turbine has created it for Lord of the Rings Online. From the gently rolling hills and lush farmsteads to the low stone walls and fields of flowers; from the quaint round hobbit-holes to the cobbled paths that wind their way across the land- the shire is beautifully and appropriately rendered at every turn. And at no time is that statement truer then when one considers the substance and nature of the quests that are presented to a fledgling hobbit adventurer in The Lord of the Rings Online.

    Get clicking to read all the journals. What are you looking for in Lord of the Rings Online? Have you joined the LOTRO Comunnity here at Ten Ton Hammer? Head over to the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us!

    Thu, Aug 31, 2006
  • Exploring Middle-earth: Sandyman's Mill

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated with a new edition of Exploring Middle-earth. In this edition we are given a look at Sandyman's Mill...

    It cannot be said that Mr. Sandyman, the old and always opinionated miller, is the most liked Hobbit in all the Shire, but the mill in Hobbiton run by generations of the Sandyman family, including Sandyman's son Ted, is nonetheless an important part of the tightly-knit community. Located on the north banks of the Water, the meandering river running its way through Hobbiton, "the Mill" as it is commonly (and simply) known, provides ground corn for the local Hobbits, as well as a pleasant place to sit along the gentle banks to enjoy a relaxing hour or three at the Water's edge.

    Keep reading to learn more about Sandyman's Mill. Head over to LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think of this spot. What are you looking forward to most when Lord of the Rings Online launches?

    Wed, Aug 30, 2006
  • Exploring Middle-earth: The Party Tree

    The official site for The Lord of the Rings Online has been updated today with another installment of Exploring Middle-earth! Today we get a glimpse at The Party Tree...

    In a broad, open field in Hobbiton, not far from Bag End, there stands a majestic tree, taller than any within sight for miles. The Party Tree, as it is called by the Hobbits, is a gathering place for merriment, eating, and storytelling, where all Shire-folk are warmly welcomed. It was here that Bilbo Baggins celebrated his magnificent birthday (his eleventy-first), and it was from this location that some say he simply vanished from sight forever. Few are certain of the Tree's origins, and even fewer actually give its history a second thought. The Party Tree is decorated year-round with bright lanterns and yards of colourful woven streamers, for it seems logical to all Hobbits that a decorated tree is reason enough for a celebration -- why risk missing the opportunity for a feast by bringing down the festive arrangements? Besides, it's far too tall these days for Hobbits to reach the limbs, even if one had a mind to.

    What are you waiting for? Get par...erm I mean clicking... Get Clicking and check this out! When you're done, head over to the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us.

    Thu, Aug 24, 2006
  • Turbine Releases Alpha Tester Impressions

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated with a page dedicated to sharing some impressions from the alpha stage testers. High marks seem to be all round...

    So far, we're very pleased with how Alpha has been progressing. This week marked the largest number of concurrent players on the server since Alpha began, giving us a good starting point for analysis on how the game performs and plays. Despite heavier than expected logins, the servers remained stable and most players reported very few problems creating their character and beginning their adventure in Middle-earth. Even though there was a scarcity of wolves in the newbie hunting area (something that will be resolved in the next Alpha build), Archet was abuzz with excitement and activity.

    We thought we'd take a moment to share some of the Alpha players' comments with you for some insight into what they think so far:

    * Writing is excellent so far, as are the characterizations. The model options are fantastic - giving you a very *real* seeming and very individual character.

    Head over and see all the comments and learn how you can sign up for a chance at Beta! Share all your thoughts on Lord of the Rings Online with us at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and get to know the growing community better!

    Mon, Aug 21, 2006
  • Alpha is underway! So many alphas and betas, so little time...

    As you know, LOTRO’s Alpha is underway, and today we’re pleased to share some of the initial feedback comments from our Alpha players:

    With the debut of public Alpha 2, more and more members of the LOTRO community are getting their first live glimpses of LOTRO's Middle-earth. For a chance to get in on the fun, sign up for the Beta Program here (European players, sign up for the beta at! It's hard to tell who's more excited; the players for the opportunity to experience LOTRO directly, or the LOTRO dev team for the chance to hear what people think!

    You can read more right here.

    In the meantime, Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community!

    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
  • Exploring Middle-earth: Bag End

    In the continuing series Expolring Middle-earth on the Lord of the Rings Online official site, we get a look at Bag End today.

    Above the lane known as Bagshot Row in Hobbiton, adventurers will find the former dwelling of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, known as Bag End. An unassuming Hobbit hole, if slightly better appointed than most, Bag End is a series of rooms and corridors build into Hobbiton Hill and entered through a simple, circular wooden door. However, it is not so much the dwelling itself that is of such great interest, but the tales of its inhabitants and what occurred within that are the makings of many a Hobbit legend.

    Learn more about Bag End and then stop by LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us.

    Fri, Aug 11, 2006
  • Bog Lurkers Revealed

    In the continuing glimpses of the creatures that will inhabit Middle-earth, Turbine gives us a peek today at the Bog Lurker.

    Found in the forested wetlands of western Middle-earth, the bog-lurker lives a concealed existence in the darkened wilds. To the casual observer, the body of the bog-lurker is seemingly made of root and bramble, its back alive with marsh-plants and its limbs formed of bark and wood. Ancient tales tell of the creature working alongside the mighty Ents of Eriador, acting in their service to assist in the shepherding of the trees.

    Learn more and get a look at the concept art then head over to LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think of this unique creature.

    Wed, Aug 09, 2006
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