Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Adventure Game
Designer(s) Steven S. Long, Christian Moore, Owen M. Seyler, Ross Isaacs
Publisher(s) Decipher Inc.
Publication date 2002
Genre(s) Fantasy
System Coda System
The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Adventure 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 in the three books and films in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The system for LOTR is called CODA and is rather like a cross between RuneQuest and Traveller with Advantages and Disadvantages from the Hero System and Feats from Dungeons & Dragons Third Edition. This is not to decry the system; it is clean, functional and well described, although it has been criticised for poor system testing of the first edition. In 2003, LOTR won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Game 2002.

The game is the second licensed game for the setting, the other being Middle-earth Role Playing from Iron Crown Enterprises.


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

Basic OrdersEdit

  • Barbarian
  • Craftsman
  • Loremaster
  • Magician
  • Mariner
  • Minstrel
  • Noble
  • Rogue
  • Warrior

Elite OrdersEdit

  • Archer
  • Captain
  • Knight
  • Ranger
  • Spy
  • Wizard

Published BooksEdit

  1. Core Rule Book
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring Sourcebook
  3. Fellbeasts and Wounderous Magic Sourcebook
  4. Moria Box Set
  5. The Two Towers Sourcebook
  6. Helm's Deep Sourcebook
  7. Paths of the Wise: The Guide to Magicians and Loremasters Sourcebook (PDF only)
  8. Isengard Sourcebook (PDF only)


  • Narrator's Screen
  • Maps of Middle-earth
  • Maps of Middle-earth: Cities and Strongholds
  • Hero's Journal

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