Like most mods, the Lord of the Rings Mod adds its own configuration file to the Minecraft game. Players are able to change certain gameplay settings through this file.

See also:

Accessing the FileEdit

The LotR config can be accessed on a PC by opening the start menu and entering %AppData% into the search. From there, all the player needs to do is the follow the path:

AppData > Roaming > .minecraft > config > lotr.cfg

The lotr file can be opened up using notepad. 

After the player is done editing the file, it must be saved (default "Ctrl + S"). The mod will then run accordingly the next time Minecraft is launched.

Manipulating the SettingsEdit

As of Public Beta 30, the configuration file is divided into five sections. Generally, elements are changed by either altering their integer (I:) or boolean (B:) (true/false) values. You can add your own comments by using the comment tag (#).

Note: The settings shown in the config file excerpts below are the default settings for the mod. Some linebreaks were added to the original config-file, and some comment lines broken up, for better readability.

The easiest way to reset all configurations to default, is just remove the file and restart your Minecraft. A default file will then be generated by the Mod.


 dimension {
    I:"Dimension ID: MiddleEarth"=100
    I:"Dimension ID: Utumno"=101

These settings allow the player to alter the IDs of the two new dimensions that the mod adds, which are Middle-earth and Utumno. Usually this is done to avoid ID conflicts with other mods.


environment {

    # Middle-earth cloud rendering range.
    # To use vanilla clouds, set this to a non-positive value
    I:"Cloud range"=1024

    # Toggle the new Middle-earth sky
    B:"Middle-earth sky"=true

    # Toggle mist in the Misty Mountains
    B:"Misty Misty Mountains"=true

    B:"Sun flare"=true

Players are able to:


gameplay {
    B:"Allow Banner Protection"=true
    B:"Allow Self-Protecting Banners"=true
    B:"Disable ender chests in Utumno"=false
    B:"Enable Bandits"=true
    B:"Enable Drunken Messages"=true
    B:"Enable Enchanting"=true
    B:"Enable Fast Travel"=true
    B:"Enable Invasions"=true

    # Enable or disable the buildable Middle-earth portals (excluding the Ring Portal). If disabled, portals can still be made, but will not function
    B:"Enable Middle-earth Portals"=true
    B:"Enable Orc Skirmishes"=true

    # Mainly intended for servers. Disable the vanilla potion brewing system, as it is not 'lore-friendly'
    B:"Enable Potion Brewing"=true
    B:"Enable Titles"=true

    # Intended for servers. If enabled, enchantments will be automatically removed from combat items
    B:"Enchanting: Auto-remove vanilla enchants"=false

    # Enable the LOTR enchanting system: if disabled, prevents newly crafted items, loot chest items, etc. from having modifiers applied, but does not affect existing modified items
    B:"Enchanting: LOTR System"=true

    # Enable the vanilla enchanting system: if disabled, prevents players from enchanting items, but does not affect existing enchanted items
    B:"Enchanting: Vanilla System"=false

    # Food can always be eaten regardless of hunger
    B:"Feast Mode"=true

    # Force hide or show players' map locations. 0 = per-player (default), 1 = force hide, 2 = force show
    I:"Force Hide/Show Map Locations"=0
    B:"Generate map features"=true

    # Food meter decreases more slowly
    B:"Hunger changes"=true

    # Threshold distance from spawn for applying Middle-earth Respawning when the player's spawn point is a bed
    I:"Middle-earth Respawning: Bed Threshold"=5000

    # If enabled, when a player dies in Middle-earth far from their spawn point, they will respawn somewhere near their death point instead
    B:"Middle-earth Respawning: Enable"=true

    # Maximum possible range to place the player from their death point
    I:"Middle-earth Respawning: Max Respawn Range"=1500

    # Minimum possible range to place the player from their death point
    I:"Middle-earth Respawning: Min Respawn Range"=500

    # Threshold distance from spawn for applying Middle-earth respawning when the player's spawn point is the world spawn (no bed)
    I:"Middle-earth Respawning: World Threshold"=2000

    # Enable or disable sheep dropping the mod's mutton items
    B:"Mutton Drops"=true

    # Allow NPCs to generate mini-quests to kill enemy players
    B:"NPCs give bounty mini-quests"=true
    B:"NPCs give mini-quests"=true

    # Cooldown time (in ticks) between appearances of the warning message for banner-protected land
    I:"Protection Warning Cooldown"=20
    B:"Remove Golden Apple recipes"=true
    B:"Remove diamond armour recipes"=false

These options got quite numerous over time. Players now can:

GUI (Graphical User Interface)Edit

gui {
    # Configure the x-position of the alignment bar on-screen. Negative values move it left, positive values right
    I:"Alignment x-offset"=0

    # Configure the y-position of the alignment bar on-screen. Negative values move it up, positive values down
    I:"Alignment y-offset"=0

    # If set to false, the alignment bar will only be shown in Middle-earth. If set to true, it will be shown in all dimensions
    B:"Always show alignment"=false
    B:"Animated Elven blade glow"=true

    # Use the mod's custom main menu screen
    B:"Custom main menu"=true

    # Enable or disable the rendering of other players' alignment values above their heads
    B:"Display alignment above head"=true
    B:"Enable quest tracker"=true

    # Display the quest tracker on the right-hand side of the screen instead of the left
    B:"Flip quest tracker"=false
    B:"Hired NPC Health Bars"=true
    B:"Hired NPC Icons"=true

    # If set to true, NPC speech will appear on-screen with the NPC. If set to false, it will be sent to the chat box
    B:"Immersive Speech"=true

    # Toggle whether speech still shows in the chat box when Immersive Speech is enabled
    B:"Immersive Speech Chat Logs"=false
    B:"Map Labels"=true
    B:"Melee attack meter"=true
    B:"On-screen Compass"=true

    # Display co-ordinates and biome below compass
    B:"On-screen Compass Extra Info"=true

    # Display the Middle-earth map in sepia colours
    B:"Sepia Map"=false

The position of the alignment bar on the player GUI may be altered in terms of x and y. The player may also choose whether or not to have that alignment bar appear onscreen outside of Middle-earth or Utumno. 

The ability for Elven blades to glow blue when enemies are near can be toggled.

Players may toggle the display of alignment above other players' heads (useful in servers) and the display of health bars above hired units.

The onscreen compass added in the mod can be enabled/disabled. The option to toggle the description shown below the compass (which denotes current coordinates and biome) is available as well.

There is also the option to display the Middle-earth map that shows up on the LotR menu (default press "L") in sepia colours.


misc {
    # Disable this if you will be playing offline
    B:"Check for updates"=true

    # Display the name of a LOTR music track when it begins playing
    B:"Display music track"=false

    # Fix a major source of server lag caused by the vanilla mob spawning system
    B:"Fix mob spawning lag"=true

    # Maximum time (seconds) between LOTR menu music tracks
    I:"Menu Music Interval: Max."=20

    # Minimum time (seconds) between LOTR menu music tracks
    I:"Menu Music Interval: Min."=10

    # Maximum time (seconds) between LOTR music tracks
    I:"Music Interval: Max."=150

    # Minimum time (seconds) between LOTR music tracks
    I:"Music Interval: Min."=30

    # For servers: Disable broadcasting of the 'Hobbit Slayer' achievement, to protect new evil players from being persecuted
    B:"Protect Hobbit Killers"=false

    # Run the mod's language file update helper on launch - see .minecraft/mods/LOTR_UpdatedLangFiles/readme.txt
    B:"Run language update helper"=true

    # Structure spawners generate as a timelapse instead of instantly. WARNING: May be buggy. See also the command /strTimelapse
    B:"Structure Timelapse"=false

    # Structure timelapse interval (in ms) between each block placement
    I:"Structure Timelapse Interval"=5
Gameplay mechanics of the Lord of the Rings Mod

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