Celebrate LOTRO's 5th Anniversary with ZAM!

To celebrate Lord of the Rings Online's 5th Anniversary, we're giving away PILES of prizes, including mounts, headsets, Turbine Points, a lifetime membership to LOTRO, and more!

Happy 5th Anniversary, Lord of the Rings Online! Turbine is celebrating LOTRO's anniversary today and, to celebrate, ZAM has joined in on the festivities! We've partnered up with Turbine to give away some fantastic prizes to all of our readers, so if winning free swag and celebrating Lord of the Rings Online is on your list of things you enjoy, then our big giveaway event will be right up your alley!

Enter our LOTRO Giveaway here!

First, be sure to enter in the ZAM giveaway by heading over to our contest page and entering your name. You'll be eligible to win 1000 Turbine Points, a Creative Labs HS-800 Headset, a lifetime membership for LOTRO, or even a SteelSeries Siberia V2 Headset. All you need to do is register for a free ZAM account, and then click "Enter Now!"

In addition to our giveaway, we will also be giving away a Lifetime Membership to LOTRO, a Mithril Edition of LOTROand 5000 Turbine Points. We'll be giving them away in a contest in the ZAM comments below! We're looking for two things from you (one sentence each):

Your first memory in LOTRO - A random draw will take place to award this winner 5000 Turbine points.

Your favorite memory in LOTRO - The top two entries will be awarded a Mithril Edition of LOTRO for the second place, with first place winning a Lifetime Membership to LOTRO.

The contest ends and prizes will be given out on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

What's that? Feeling a little unlucky, or maybe suffering from LOTRO memory loss? Throughout today we'll also be giving away PAX EAST 2012 Perlino Horse Codes via Twitter. Just follow @ZAMOfficial or @Pwyff and fire us a tweet with the hashtag #zamlotro and we'll be randomly awarding out these Perlino Horse codes throughout the day! Good luck to everyone!


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LOTRO Memories
# Apr 30 2012 at 10:38 AM Rating: Decent
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First Memory: The world defined. As a fan of Tolkien your inner imagination only goes so far. But the landscapes created here went even further. I wandered through every beginning intro just to experience the details of Middle Earth. Exploration was a must, yet defeat was often.

Best Memory: Visiting Rivendell way below my accorded level to fish the Ponds with Scringe, a fellow kinsmen. We would spend hours chatting and fishing, we spent so much time fishing the skill was maxed out before level 30. I fondly remember making it to Lothlorien and completing the fishing Deeds in Scringe's honor. I miss you Scringe, may you rest in peace and fish to your hearts content on the other side.
# Apr 29 2012 at 2:08 PM Rating: Decent
my first memory was walking to the silverdeep mine with gandalf and later wanting a piece of that troll.

my favorite memory was leaving moria for the first time and laying eyes on turbine's apology for the tragedy that is moria with the masterpiece that is lothlorian
LOTRO Memories
# Apr 28 2012 at 5:39 AM Rating: Decent
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My first memory was running through the Hobbit intro and being stunned by the graphics and excited to see a Nazgul up close.

My favourite memory is of entering Moria for the first time, just standing in the entrance hall after the epic battle to get in
Memories of LOTRO
# Apr 27 2012 at 10:55 AM Rating: Decent
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My first memory in LOTRO is being ecstatic upon discovering Bag End, and then becoming even more excited when I discovered I could walk in and look around!

My favorite memory of LOTRO is when I first faced the watcher in the water outside the gate of Moria.
My LOTRO memories
# Apr 27 2012 at 6:23 AM Rating: Decent
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First Memory - Getting in Archet for the introduction quests of the hobbits. The first time I was at the city center I stood still just looking around, paying attention to all details and breathless because the city seemed so real. It was really a thrill to be in a city in middle earth for the first time.

Favorite Memory - I was doing the Old Forest quests, very focused. It was during the night in the game and everything was so dark and gloomy, the mists all around and trees that walked out of nothing. The forest was frightening, more than the beasts that were there. So after a long time there during the night there was only the house of Tom Bombadil to discover. While I was getting there, leaving the dense parts of the forest, the day was dawning and there came Tom jumping and singing to greet me. I was so happy and relieved, my heart was light. Then I entered his house and the song was just perfect, cheering, comforting. And everything was so real during the whole experience. So that is a favorite memory which I will never forget.
# Apr 26 2012 at 9:59 PM Rating: Decent
First Memory: My first memory is also my favorite memory... I remember creating my character in the beta, it was late at night, I was first going in and grabbing my weapon from the crate and not knowing how to equip it and in a panic! Though I loved the game, by the morning I had all my friends in the game and we have a full fellowship and kinship.

Favorite Memory: My favorite memory is also my first memory... I remember creating my character in the beta, it was late at night, I was first going in and grabbing my weapon from the crate and not knowing how to equip it and in a panic! Though I loved the game, by the morning I had all my friends in the game and we have a full fellowship and kinship.
Fun times
# Apr 26 2012 at 7:50 PM Rating: Decent
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First memory: Starting my human captain and thinking that it took forever to run all the way to Bree.

Favorite memory: Logging in for the first time after buying the Mines of Moria expansion and playing my warden for the first time.
# Apr 26 2012 at 7:01 PM Rating: Decent
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first memory: killing that auroch outside of thorin's hall. very epic!

Favorite memory: A remarkable comeback save against Draigoch
LOTRO Contest
# Apr 26 2012 at 6:09 PM Rating: Decent
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First Memory: Getting to the Shire as quickly as I could so that I could run up Bag End, take a quick look at the Party Tree and then go into Bilbo's house to explore and really get the feel of being in Middle Earth.
Favorite Memory: Right now I am in Moria and my favorite memory would have to be running thought it to see the broken bridge where Gandalf faced the Balrog.
LOTRO 5th Anniversary
# Apr 26 2012 at 5:34 PM Rating: Decent
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My first memory is entering Middle Earth and seeing the story from the perspective of another random Hobbit as Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry take off over the rise before the dark rider comes up the road to question us.

My favourite memory is every time I come across an icon from the books for the first time such as Bilbo's house, Weathertop and Rivendell, and exploring them.
# Apr 26 2012 at 5:02 PM Rating: Decent
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My first memory is meeting Gandalf with my Dwarf at Thorin's Gate. I had just created my first character and started the game and there he was. One of the most famous people of Middleearth. And still it get's me every time we meet again.

My favorite memories are coming to iconic places or meeting iconic characters of the book. Especially the antizipation when you know something big is going to happen like pathing your way to rivendell for the first time or see the balrog on zirakzigil.
Just two memories? Okay then...
# Apr 26 2012 at 2:35 PM Rating: Decent
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My first memory was creating a hobbit burglar and realizing quite early in the prologue scene, witnessing Amdir get stabbed, that this game was going to do a really good job of balancing the whimsy of innocence and the almost-palpable sense of impending dread.

My favorite memory is my first time naively drinking from the Sinister Keg at my kinship's house and finding myself agog (and spraying some real-life beverage) when I realized I'd suddenly been transported to an area way out of my level, and I had no pants on (also a real-life hazard).
# Apr 26 2012 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
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My first memory in lotro was when I just finished starting quests and i was so hppy *to start my adventure and see whole middle-earth!

My favorite memory was my first time set my foot in Moria and and saw great dwarf buildings and great black deeps. I just love that place!

Vaskola of Gilrain
Lotro 5th Anniversary
# Apr 26 2012 at 1:41 PM Rating: Decent
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My first memory in LOTRO: My first memory is the view of Celondim in Ered Luin when I entered it after Introduction.

My favorite memory in LOTRO: My favorite memory in LOTRO was first group instance (Great Barrow) with strangers who became my friends after the run.
LOTRO Memories
# Apr 26 2012 at 1:06 PM Rating: Decent
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My first truly great memory of LOTRO is meeting Strider in the Prancing Pony at the beginning of Volume I. It was amazing to meet the King before he came into himself.

My favorite memory is witnessing the reforging of Anduril from Narsil. I was hoping the game would do this moment correctly, and they did! It was glorious. :D
happy birthday lotro
# Apr 26 2012 at 12:53 PM Rating: Decent
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The first memory i have is being awestruck at the great graphics in the game.
And my favorite memory is going into moria for the first time
# Apr 26 2012 at 12:15 PM Rating: Decent
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First memory: Being awestruck by the beauty of Ered Luin.

Favorite memory: Meeting Tom Bombadill, one of the most ridiculous and amazing characters of all time.
5th Anniversary Contest
# Apr 26 2012 at 11:42 AM Rating: Decent
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First Memory: Trhing to figure out WASD controls well enough to maneuver my character around the Thorin's Hall area, and just taking in the fact that I was finally in Middle-Earth.

Favorite Memory: Organizing a group of 12 strangers to run The Rift and playing until 5:00 AM when we finally bested the Balrog. The members of this group are still my online friends today.
Lotro Memory
# Apr 26 2012 at 10:42 AM Rating: Decent
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First Memory: Leaving the human starting area and enjoying the quaint lives of the Breeland Hobbits.

Favorite Memory: Taking a break from killing monsters to help the Hobbits prepare for their Farmer's Market. At this moment I know I was playing a different type of MMO and it was the right fit.
LOTRO Memories
# Apr 26 2012 at 9:12 AM Rating: Decent
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First Memory:
The first time I played, it was for 72 hours straight during a pre-closed beta weekend stress test. I joined forces with a lore master and we checked out Middle Earth for the first time! It was soo much fun exploring!

Favorite Memory:
Killing the Balrog for the first time in the rift of nurz ghashu.
# Apr 26 2012 at 6:13 AM Rating: Decent
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First Memory:
I remember when I started in Thorin's was amazing... My brother a level 65 (in that moment) was introducing me to the game. I was a pretty young elf that want to be a man so quickly go to Bree, hahaha. At level 11 My brother introduced to his Kin and know I'm level 50 Hurray

Favourite Memory:
My first Ost elendil, was a young nerd and I wipe it... Then I realized that I must not click to Retreat Now !!!!

Happy birthday LOTRO!
First and favorite moments...
# Apr 26 2012 at 5:55 AM Rating: Decent
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Your first memory in LOTRO – My first memory was downloading and installing the game overnight and not being able to sleep well. I went to work and kept imagining what the world was going to be like. I loved Final Fantasy VII, but had never played any kind of MMO, unless you count Diablo II. I was looking for something new, but I knew I didn't want to try WoW. This was an already established game with a great IP (that I also LOVED) and my father-in-law let it slip he played. What a gift! His awesome daughter and a FIL who understands what it is to be a gamer! After creating my first character, I will never forget the nervousness I felt going through the introduction. I had no idea what I was doing and I ran around for an hour clicking things because I was afraid I would miss something and lock my character out of some future experience. It seems silly now, but I thought the world was amazingly huge and couldn't believe how beautiful and varied Archet seemed. My first steps were timid and calculated - now I blaze through impatiently with alts. Ah, memories!
Your favorite memory in LOTRO – I would take the easy way out and talk about a personal accomplishment, but i remember something else vastly more appropriate as a response. One of the quest lines I had trouble finishing involved finding something beneath the Lake in Evendim (because I hadn't really found a kin at the time and didn't have luck finding groups back before I found out about GLFF - heck, I was still posting questions in New Player on the forums!). One day I happened upon a group standing in Tinnudir and was sent a tell asking if I would help in that final instance of the chain. I was ecstatic! It was an exciting trip down to meet what felt like someone's pet turtle that got flushed down a drain and into some toxic ooze (or at least that's what went through my mind). After two attempts, we recovered what was lost (spoiler-free post, I hope), I was able finish the quest chain and the scenes at the forge in Imladris actually elicited an audible "wow" from me for the first time. I had been through many areas and moments where the word crossed my mind, but at that moment, I could not contain myself with silence in a room empty but for a guy with a gaped mouth and dark but for the glow of a monitor. Moments have come since that also get me talking, but that is still my favorite.
the good times
# Apr 26 2012 at 5:51 AM Rating: Decent
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My first memory was standing at the docks in ered luin and wondering if i could travel by boat.
My best memory was doing the inn league initiation. That was trippy!
Memories from LOTRO
# Apr 26 2012 at 1:39 AM Rating: Decent
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My first memory was being overwhelmed and taken aback by the introductory quests in Bree-land that would set the stage for the continuous and immersive storyline following the fellowship through Middle-Earth.

My favorite memory is fighting through the skirmish Ford at the Bruinen, with hordes of enemies encroaching the shore towards Rivendell and the breathtaking instrumental and choral music setting the tone of the ominous and impending invasion I was asked to prevent.
LOTRO Anniversary Contest Entry
# Apr 26 2012 at 1:17 AM Rating: Decent
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My first memory in LOTRO: Is running around in Ered Luin on my main. I remember I had no clue what was going on. First MMORPG ever. This guy who was a bazillion levels above me picked me up so to speak and showed me the ropes. I will always remember that.

My Favorite memory in LOTRO: The first time I saw Lorien from the hill of Amroth. I still see this in my dreams.
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