Codemasters and Turbine have confirmed that their Lord of the Rings Online MMO is about to receive the first major update since last year's Mines of Moria expansion, in the form of Book 7: Leaves of Lorien.

The update goes live on Turbine's US servers today. Codemasters will bring it to European servers "shortly after this date". On previous form, you shouldn't have to wait too long.

As we reported recently, the update adds Lothlorien, a faction-controlled zone where players will have to earn the right to hang out with Galadriel and the Fellowship.

There's also a 12-player raid deep in the Mines, the Spring Festival live event, new daily quests with associated instances for crafters, revamped "new player experience" early-level questing for Dwarves, Elves and Man, and a new Quest Guide with map support.

Lord of the Rings Online celebrates its second anniversary next month, so watch out for more developments soon.

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