Like in all other MMO games on the market, races play a vital role in your online game play experience. In the Lord of the Rings Online playeres will be able to choose their player characters from four playable races available to them including hobbits, humans, elves and dwarves.

Choosing your race is as equally important as choosing your class for playing the LotRO game since your selected race will have a deep impact on your racial traits, attributes, abilities and skills that will be necessary for you to go further or even succeed in this game. Almost all races can be either male or female, depending your need, but dwarves can only be male.


Dwellers of stone and miners of metal, the Dwarves are a doughty folk, resistant to the corruption of the Enemy -- but not to greed.

Dwarves can be excellent warriors, displaying unique toughness in battle and ability to craft great things. The stout Dwarves of Middle-earth are known for their steadfast determination, hearty strength, and commitment to all things found in the world’s deep places. Living a secretive life in their homes beneath the great mountains, Dwarves are expert miners and workers of stone and metal. They stand on average four-and-a-half to five feet high, and live long lives, occasionally reaching an age of 250 years.

Playable Classes: Champion, Guardian, Hunter, Minstrel, Rune-keeper

Starting Area: Silver Deep / Ered Luin


Long ago, the Elves, also known as the Fair Folk, welcomed the younger Races of Middle-earth and allied with them when the need was great, but centuries of war, betrayal, and hardship have made them fiercely protective of their seclusion.

Tall and strong, fair and graceful, Elves have keen senses and a deep affinity for the beauty of the natural world. Throughout the ages, the deeds and struggles of the noble races of Elves have been entwined with the history of Middle-earth. Elves do not grow old as other races do — there are Elves abroad in Middle-earth today who still remember their youth in the First Age. They remember all too well the devastation caused by the tides of evil that once darkened the land — a shadow that threatens to do so once again. In ages past, the Elves divided into many different groups, and settled throughout Middle-earth, primarily in the ancient forested realms where they still live.

Playable Classes: Champion, Guardian, Hunter, Lore-master, Minstrel, Rune-keeper, Warden

Starting Area: Edhelion / Ered Luin


Happiest when enjoying a simple life with six square meals a day, Hobbits are a solid and dependable Race when called to action.

There are few recorded deeds of Hobbits until late in the Third Age of Middle-earth, which is just the way Hobbits prefer it. They are a simple, quiet folk, preferring to dwell in hillside holes in and around the land known as The Shire. These small folk enjoy the peaceful endeavors of farming, eating and gift giving, rather than concerning themselves with the dangerous affairs of the rest of Middle-earth.

In these dark days, however, it is the unassuming Hobbits, with their often surprising cleverness in both word and action, that will have the greatest impact in the war between the Free Peoples of Middle-earth and the lengthening shadows of evil... from Angmar, to the north.

Playable Classes: Burglar, Guardian, Hunter, Minstrel, Warden

Starting Area: Green Hill Country / Archet / Little Delving


Not as long-lived as Elves, sturdy as Dwarves, or resilient as Hobbits, the Race of Man is renowned for their courage and resourcefulness.

The Race of Man is the shortest-lived of the Races of Middle-earth, yet it is also the race destined to rule in the years beyond the Third Age. Their mortality was considered a unique gift, but in time it became known as “The Doom of Men” and the source of lamentation. Men and Women are capable of great courage and honour, yet they can also easily fall prey to ambition, deceit and betrayal.

Playable Classes: Burglar, Captain, Champion, Guardian, Hunter, Lore-master, Minstrel, Warden

Starting Area: Archet