Command the Free Peoples of Middle-earth or the evil Minions of Sauron in two brilliant single-player stories. Battle up to 8 players online in intense multiplayer combat.

The quest to destroy the One Ring continues in the first real-time strategy game based on The Lord of the Rings saga. Massive battles erupt as the forces of light and darkness battle for control of middle-earth. Play as the forces of good and valiantly fight for the One Ring’s destruction or play as the forces of evil to claim control over middle-earth forever.

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Common problems and how to solve them.

Other Tutorial

Can you play multiplayer matches online?
Not officially since the GameSpy feature stopped working for many years ago. But you can still play LAN games over the internet with VPNs (the type that makes a virtual LAN connection between you and your friends)

  • Personally, I have tried Hamachi, ZeroTier and Radmin VPN.
  • Radmin VPN is the only one that worked directly without some further network tweaks, and is fast.
  • Radmin VPN and ZeroTier supports many players in one server for free.
  • ZeroTier is a little complicated to setup, but very fast at least.
  • Hamachi only allows 5 players in one server for free.

Can you play this on Mac?
Maybe. You can try playing it on a virtual machine with Windows XP or higher. You'll need to setup DirectX support.

How to run the game as administrator?
Right-click the game, choose "Properties", and then check the box "Run as administrator", then click OK/Apply. Done. You can also right-click the game and choose "run as administrator".

I can't start the game, the game says the CD-key is missing.
Make sure you have ran the installer once on this Windows you are using. You might need to run the installer as administrator.

The game keeps saying CD-key is missing after I have ran the installer.
Run the game as administrator.

The game crashes with an error when I click on Good/Evil Campaign in main menu.
Run the game as administrator.

I can't save the game.
Run the game as administrator.

My settings reset every time I restart the game.
Run the game as administrator.

The game crashes with an error when I create many units with 250+ population, build many towers, buildings and use spells on an army.
There is no fix for this but you can try using less objects. It can be very random and sometimes it is caused by the mod. If there's a pattern when it happens, please report to me.

My friend disappeared from the multiplayer game and got a "desync" error.

  • Make sure you are using the same version of the game, mod and map/level/world.
  • Check your internet connection speed and stability/reliability.
  • Cheating with a tool can cause this.
  • Sometimes it is random with no fix.


When I join my friend's multiplayer game, the game says I don't have the map/level.
Make sure the map file name in the Levels folder is exactly the same for you and your friend. Any name mismatch will not work.

How to patch v1.01.0011 and widescreen.

How to patch v1.01.0011 and widescreen.

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Here is some help for you to patch your game to the latest version v1.01.0011. Here you can also learn how to fix widescreen-resolutions for the game...

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Files for patching non-US copies with US patcher.

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raynorkap
raynorkap

Anyone know how to extract the voices from the games assets?

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LordofArcana
LordofArcana

When i start a multiplayer game, we are being instantly disconnected, is there any fix?

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Motionsense.
Motionsense.

Hi there, if you try to host via internet - someone connecting to your lobby with your public IP, I'm afraid not.
There is another option that you and your friends could use, RadminVPN. It works in the same way as you were to host via lan. Hope that helps!

We also have a discord server for the game with its own Radmin network, let me know if you wish to join it!

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is there a way to play multiplayer online? i tried hamachi but it does not work

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Motionsense.
Motionsense.

Hi, there is a community playing this game online through Radmin-VPN. The community is active on the discord sever for this game, unofficial of course. If you wish to join hit me up with a PM and I will send a discord invite(the invites last 1-2 days as I don't have ability to make it permanent)

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Raidanor
Raidanor

please send me the discord

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Guest
Guest

sure. Do I have to create an account on moddb for this?

Also, would it not be better if the discord/radmin thing was public for everyone(like a step 7 above)? It's kinda obscure

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Raidanor
Raidanor

that's me. just created an account :)

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