lotro legendarium

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

LOTRO Legendarium: How to walk away from LOTRO (for a while)

Even when you love an MMORPG a whole lot, it's rarely feasible to play it as steadily and at the same intensity over the...

LOTRO Legendarium: Digging into LOTRO’s 2024 roadmap, from U39 to the Baharbêl expansion

Oh boy -- it's roadmap time for Lord of the Rings Online! As we've been seeing over the past few years, Standing Stone Games...

LOTRO Legendarium: Brainstorming new hobby ideas for LOTRO

April 24th, 2008. That was both the first and last time that Lord of the Rings Online added a hobby to the game --...

LOTRO Legendarium: Recapping Lord of the Rings Online’s crazy-busy 2023

Sixteen pages. Sixteen pages is how far back I had to flip through Lord of the Rings Online's news feed here at Massively OP...

LOTRO Legendarium: Six very tiny LOTRO details that I love

It's a sign that you're a passionate fan of a franchise when you get so familiar with the source material that small details delight...

LOTRO Legendarium: Corsairs of Umbar and the three ways we consume expansions

Happy new expansion week in Lord of the Rings Online! It's surreal to finally be at the capstone of LOTRO's ambitious 2023 roadmap, not...

LOTRO Legendarium: Eight beneficial activities in LOTRO you may be overlooking

In my personal, immediate experience, I find that even in a broad MMORPG with lots of options, I tend to narrow my activities and...

LOTRO Legendarium: What could a LOTRO challenge server look like?

Lord of the Rings Online's legendary server experiments aren't done yet. Even though it's been a while since we've seen a new shard come...

LOTRO Legendarium: Are we ready for LOTRO’s Corsairs of Umbar?

They say that as you get older, time seems to pass by much more quickly. Perhaps that explains why 2023 feels like it's been...

LOTRO Legendarium: It’s OK that LOTRO’s remaster isn’t going to happen

The pricey Lord of the Rings Online remaster is officially dead, and its console port is now on the "backburner." It is, depending on...

LOTRO Legendarium: Nine LOTRO secrets worth discovering

It's such a special blessing to discover that the MMORPG you've been playing for years -- if not decades -- can still surprise you....

LOTRO Legendarium: Lord of the Rings Online’s new Mariner class is the swashbuckler we needed

A new class added to any MMORPG is bound to raise excitement and anxiety among fans, especially when they try to feel out whether...

LOTRO Legendarium: Coping with Lord of the Rings Online’s Mount Everest of content

I vividly remember back when Lord of the Rings Online launched its first legendary server, Anor, in 2018. Like many of you, I got...

LOTRO Legendarium: Of River Hobbits and river homes in Lord of the Rings Online

After a short delay, Update 37: The Humble Homes of the Holbytlan is here for us to unwrap and enjoy. Rather than being a...

LOTRO Legendarium: Six ways to spice up your next LOTRO alt

While Lord of the Rings Online features a questing journey that can take you months if not years to go through the entirety of...

LOTRO Legendarium: Ranking LOTRO’s forests from maddening to awesome

J.R.R. Tolkien famously loved nature, and that passion seeps into his creation of Middle-earth. To him, the great outdoors was not something to be...
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LOTRO Legendarium: Is LOTRO on the cusp of a crafting renaissance?

There are a lot of big and interesting projects in the works for Lord of the Rings Online's Updates 37 and 38 -- too...

LOTRO Legendarium: Hobbits (and River Hobbits) are the heart of Lord of the Rings

I don't care if you want me to be objective when it comes to Lord of the Rings Online's races, because in my book,...

LOTRO Legendarium: How to avoid burning out in LOTRO (and other MMOs)

When Lord of the Rings Online kicked off its head start in April 2007, little did I know that I was logging in for...

LOTRO Legendarium: What I want to see with LOTRO’s Umbar expansion

This past week, I wrapped up my adventures through King's Gondor in Lord of the Rings Online and found my appetite whetted for this...