First major Lord of the Rings Online update out June 14

Book 9: Shores of Evendim first of many free updates planned for the MMORPG

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The Lord of the Rings Online's first major content update will be released on June 14, Codemasters Online Gaming has informed us this afternoon.

Book 9: Shores of Evendim is a free update that features seven new collectible epic armor sets, over 100 new quests, the Raid in the Battle for Helegrod (which involves 24 players duffing up a dragon called Thorog in the Misty Mountains), updates to the game's music system that introduce percussion and bass instruments and a new music notation system that enables players to compose music offline and upload it to their character in-game, and finally opens up the Evendim area.

"About 100 miles north of the Shire, in northern Eriador, lies Evendim, a vast region dominated by the Lake Nenuial, the 'Lake of the Twilight'. On the southern shore, the ancient abandoned city of Ann%26uacute;minas - the former capital of the kingdom of Arnor is well known amongst the Free Peoples. For according to the Legends, amidst its ruins lay a great wealth and powerful artifacts now threatened by evil creatures and the nefarious forces lurking in Angmar," Codemasters Online Gaming explains.

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