The War of the Ring, and this game, takes place in about year 3018 of the Third Age.
In year 1974 of the Third Age, a little over one thousand years earlier, the Witch King defeated the armies of the Northern Dunedain and captured their capital, Fornost (meaning north-fortress). A year later, he was in turn defeated by an army of Gondor, Lindon elves and the remnants of the Northern Dunedain on the Fields of Fornost, between Lake Evindim and Fornost. You may see the Fields of Fornost and encounter the ghosts of the armies in eastern Evindim and Northwestern North Downs.
This picture is of the ruin of the main southern gates of Fornost, called Fornost Erain by the elves and Norbury of the Kings by the hobbits. Beware all those who enter therein as Sauron's strength is on the rise and the Witch King is playing his role again.
In my opinion, one of the greatest things about LOTRO are the stories. The devs have amplified so many things in the game with their stories, that Tolkien barely mentioned.
Today's screenshot is of Strider getting ready to send a couple of men (my character and Torthann, a npc Ranger), into Ost Baranor to try to figure out what has happened to another of his men, Amdir. It's a part of the Epic storyline that is like the story-spine of the game. It's Volume 1, Book 1, Chapter 1 and is called Unravelling the Thread.
Also, a recent change is that supposedly all of Volume 1 can be soloed, which allows those with only limited time on days they can play the game, to still participate in the Epic storylines.
On another note, I have posted 42 beta screenshots of one thing and another in the new region, Enedwaith, in my main screenshot thread, link below in my sig. I will post two more tomorrow, and the next day, and that will complete the string of Enedwaith beta screenshots. Hopefully they've been interesting and have wet your appetite for exploring the new region.
The game lets you visit famous characters and locations mentioned in the books and movies. It's a fun thing to do, and many of the places are a part of deeds you can achieve by visiting.
This screenshot is of Bamfurlong at night, Farmer Maggot's farm in The Marish in The Shire.
See the link in my signature below for my main screenshot thread showing places and monsters in the entire game, over 500 quality screenshots, most of them eminently useable as desktop wallpaper for your computer.
Quests will take you into the Southguard ruins in the Vale of Andrath near Bree. But, it's usually worth sticking around for a while as it's packed full of half-orcs and brigands and you can get good loot drops there as a result.
The hobbits of the Shire know the value of good food and drink. Thus, there are a number of Inns there. This screenshot is of the Floating Log Inn in Frogmorton.
Most of my screenshots, like the one of the inn, are taken in high resolution and are suitable for use as desktop wallpapers. For a continually updated thread with over 500 screenshots, see the link in my signature below. Enjoy!
One of the things I love about where I live in real-life are the mountain and distant vistas I can see from my home. LOTRO also has a lot of beautiful vistas. This one is from the Wardspire across the River Lune in Erid Luin. And, yes, it was snowing when I took it.
Trolls, yes, there are trolls! Nearly every region in the game has its troll variety. This is a screenshot of Harloeg in the Lone-lands with trolls. Scattered throughout my main screenshot thread are troll shots. See the link in my signature below to that thread.
If you start an elf, you will find yourself almost immediately under attack. Edhelion is a beautiful elven refuge that has attracted the attention of goblins, evil dwarves and a troll or two. It's hard to see but immediately beyond the gate is one of the trolls in this screenshot. And, do take a look at the architecture while you're peering closely at it all.
A couple of posts ago, I shared a view of the interior of Edhelion and a troll attacking the gate into the court. Today, it's a closer view of that same gate so you can see the hires detail, and you can see the troll a little better behind it, too. Well, a very little bit better. If you if you save it and set it as your desktop wallpaper, you can enjoy the detail of the gate better, too.
At the end of the Third Age, so many nations and empires have arisen and fallen in Middle Earth that there are ruins everywhere. This is the ruin of the Arnorian fortress of Ost Galumar in the North Downs.
You'll find many types of trolls throughout the game. Not just name changes either, but many and various different looking trolls. Some are heavily armored, some not. If you have a hobbit, you can run into this one early on. He is in the Pinglade in the Rushock Bog, The Shire.
With over 100 screenshots in this thread for new players, and well over 500 in my main screenshot thread (see link below to take you there) none of which are duplicates, do you think I'm running out of new things and places to post? Nah, got lots more high resolution screenshots already saved and ready to post. The game is huge and well worth the "cost of admission".
Budgeford in the Shire. Budgeford is the Shire's premier pig-raising town. Given the smell it would have and the dirt, must be a fairly unpleasant place since many of the houses are right next to the pig pens. The pollution running down-stream would make the water pretty filthy as well. Yet, the Turbine artists have managed to make Budgeford appear to be a pleasant place to live. And one of the cutest quest chains in the Shire, imo, is located here.