The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game

The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game
Designer(s) Steven S. Long, Christian Moore, Owen M. Seyler, Ross Isaacs
Publisher(s) Decipher Inc.
Publication date 2002-2006
Genre(s) Fantasy
System(s) Coda System

The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, released by Decipher Inc. in 2002, is a role-playing game set in the Middle-earth of J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction. The game is set in the years between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, but may be run at any time from the First to Fourth Age and contains many examples of how to do so. Sourcebooks cover the events of The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson's film trilogy adaptation.

The system for LOTR is called CODA, and involves rolling two six-sided dice to resolve actions. In 2003, LOTR won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Game 2002.[1]

The game is the second licensed role-playing game for the setting, the prior game being Middle-earth Role Playing from Iron Crown Enterprises. A fourth role-playing game set in Middle-earth is currently being published (since 2011) by Cubicle 7 under the title The One Ring Roleplaying Game.[2]


The character races available in the Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game are:


The character classes available in the Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Adventure Game are:


Printed publications

The following printed publications have been released by Decipher for this roleplaying game.

Title Date Pages ISBN
Core Book August 2002 304 ISBN 978-1-582369518
The Fellowship of the Ring Sourcebook May 2003 128 ISBN 978-1-582369556
The Two Towers Sourcebook August 2003 128 ISBN 978-1-582369594
Fell Beasts and Wondrous Magic April 2003 96 ISBN 978-1-58236-956-3
Narrator's Screen February 2003 16 ISBN 978-1-58236-953-2
Hero's Journal April 2003 48 ISBN 978-1-58236-954-9
Maps of Middle-Earth November 2002 32 + 6 maps ISBN 978-1-58236-960-0

Digital sourcebooks

Digital adventures

The following adventures were available for free download on the website of Decipher.

Title Author
Quick-Start Adventure. The Road to Henneth Annûn Douglas Sun
The House of Margil

Current status

In 2011, a new role-playing game set in Middle-earth, The One Ring, has been published by Cubicle 7.


  1. "Origins Award Winners (2002)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  2. "The One Ring Roleplaying Game - Cubicle 7".
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