MUME, Multi-Users in Middle-earth, is a multiplayer text-based online game based upon J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth during the Epic War between the forces of the Dark Lord and the armies of the West. MUME is completely free to play and has been continuously running, enhanced, and remastered by a community of volunteers since 1991.

MUME is a MUD, or retro MMORPG, that encourages players to roleplay as they live in this meticulously crafted world exploring the conflict leading into the War of the Ring during the late Third Age. The action takes place nearly 100 years prior to The Hobbit but long after the loss of the One Ring by Sauron. The key to Erebor has just been found by Gandalf in Dol Guldur and all the epic tales narrated in The Lord of the Rings may take place.

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Playable Races and Classes

Shield of Gondor

Armies of the West

Do you side with the West?

Choose from Men, Elves, Half-elves, Hobbits, and Dwarves to defend the Free People.

Shield of Mordor

Forces of the Dark Lord

Will you be cunning and cruel?

Choose from Orcs, Trolls, and Black Númenóreans to hunt down and ruin the weak.

Shield of Mordor

Design Your Class

Shape your character any way you want by practicing skills or spells from any guild:

  • Warrior
  • Stealthy scout
  • Master of magical arts
  • Healer

Do you choose to be a ranger? A warmage? Endless possibilities are yours.

Enter the Third Age

Doors of Durin

Explore Middle-earth

Visit an astonishing number of beautifully described locations.

  • Enjoy an ale at Bree, wander the Shire, and explore Weathertop
  • Seek Elrond in Rivendell and brave the Trollshaws
  • Get lost in Goblin Town, nestled deep in the Misty Mountains
  • Pass through the Orc-infested Mines of Moria and enter fair Lothlórien
  • Meet Ents in Fangorn Forest and explore Isengard or the Gap of Rohan
  • Discover the growing shadow in Dol Guldur and Mirkwood

Durin's Bane

Slay Ancient Evils

There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.

  • Slay a Balrog by gathering a company of dwarves to take on Durin's Bane
  • Release the Wightlord of the Barrowdowns from his curse
  • Brave a Kraken by taking on the Watcher in the Water
  • Outsmart Bill, Bert, and Tom to avoid becoming lunch

Acquire Legendary Artefacts

Find forgotten relics of awesome power from the First and Second Age.

  • Wield Glamdring the Foe-hammer, Orcrist the Goblin-cleaver, and Sting
  • Stab your foe with a Morgul-blade and watch them turn into a Wraith
  • Use the Palantír of Amon Sûl to hunt down fresh meat
  • Wear a shirt of shining mail, wrought from the finest mithril

Hundreds of Achievements and Quests

Can you free Arda from all the sorrows that weigh upon it?

  • Pacify unsavory characters like Bill Ferny and the corrupt Chief of Tharbad
  • Befriend a lonely giant and learn how to bake delectable bannocks to feed the hungry
  • Free a Silvan elf from certain death in the depths of Mirkwood Forest

Competitive World PvP MUD

Become the #1 Ranked Warlord

Find adulation and glory by outwitting your opponents in a highly competitive world PvP.

  • Track your opponent from afar to strike at the perfect time
  • Strip your opponents corpse clean by taking their gear as your own
  • Pick locks or block doors to trap your foes
  • Mix foetid poisons to envenom your foes

Influence the Game

Join the Ainur

Become an Istar, attain immortality, and take your place within the community to extend and enhance the game.