This is a tutorial for installing both the 1.7.10 and 1.15 versions of this mod and is written in order to be as approachable as possible for players who have never installed mods. It assumes that you know common terminology such as "browser" and "directory". Please read the directions for your section completely before you begin to follow them. This may prevent some mistakes.

For a tutorial video: Click here.

Note: This video tutorial does not include every step. If you experience problems, please follow the written tutorial below.

System requirements

If your computer is less than 5 years old it is very likely safe to skip this section for now.

In order to run the mod, it is recommended to have at least the following PC specs:

Operating system

Mac, Windows, or Linux are all OK.

Java

The latest version of Java should be used, and 64-bit java is required if you have a 64-bit system.

RAM

The mod requires that Minecraft have at least 2GB of RAM allocated in order to run. A computer with 4GB of RAM is recommended. The mod may run with less RAM allocated if you only have 2GB in your computer, but mileage may vary, and you risk experiencing "Minecraft has run out of memory" crashes. It is not recommended to allocate more than half of the RAM in your computer to Minecraft. If your computer has less than 4 GB of RAM, consider installing more, as it is generally relatively inexpensive.

The following is a tutorial on allocating memory for minecraft using the LOTR mod. Please note that allocating the recommended amount of memory will require a 64-bit version of java. Choose your launcher below.

Old Vanilla Launcher

To allocate more memory for minecraft using the vanilla launcher, click on Edit Profile in the lower left corner. At the bottom of that dialogue box is JVM Arguments. Remove all JVM Arguments and replace them with -Xmx2G or -Xmx2048M. The recommended amount of memory for LOTR is 2G, but if you are using a high resolution texture pack you should allocate more. Likewise, if your computer is limited on memory, you may want to allocate less to be sure that your operating system and other programs have enough memory.

New Vanilla Launcher

To allocate more memory for minecraft using the newer edition of the vanilla launcher, click on

Launch Options, located on the right side of the menu bar. Click on the profile you intend to add more RAM for, and locate the box entitled JVM Arguments. Click the gray toggle to enable arguments for this profile. In the box, put -Xmx2G or -Xmx2048M. The recommended amount of memory for LOTR is 2G, but if you are using a high resolution texture pack you should allocate more. Likewise, if your computer is limited on memory, you may want to allocate less to be sure that your operating system and other programs have enough memory.

Technic Launcher

To allocate more memory for minecraft using the technic launcher, click on Launcher Options at the top right corner. Then click on the Java Settings tab and from there you can change the amount of memory to your liking. The recommended amount of memory for LOTR is 2G, but if you are using a high resolution texture pack you should allocate more. Likewise, if your computer is limited on memory, you may want to allocate less to be sure that your operating system and other programs have enough memory.

MultiMC

To allocate more memory for minecraft using the MultiMC launcher, click on the instance you want to modify, then click Edit Instance. From there, go to Settings, check the box by Memory and change the Maximum Memory Allocation to 2048MB. The recommended amount of memory for LOTR is 2G, but if you are using a high resolution texture pack you should allocate more. Likewise, if your computer is limited on memory, you may want to allocate less to be sure that your operating system and other programs have enough memory.


CPU

A 64-bit processor is recommended, although a 32-bit one can run the mod[Citation needed].

Any CPU that can run the latest version of Vanilla should be fine. An Intel i3 or the AMD equivalent can do this, though a better CPU will help run things faster.

GPU

Most desktops will do OK running the game on the integrated graphics, although a separate GPU can help. If you have a laptop with a powered down CPU, a separate GPU will help, any one made after 2014 or so should be adequate.

Storage space

Storage space scales with the number of worlds and therefore the amount of space you'll need depends on the number of singleplayer worlds you have and the amount of exploration you do in those worlds. The bare minimum for the mod and Minecraft's program files is around 210 MB. 1GB is plenty for storing just game files and one or two worlds, and is totally adequate if you plan to play almost exclusively on servers. More space (4GB or so) will allow you to keep more worlds and screenshots, and allow you to use community-made Resource Packs and Music Packs. Having an SSD will make the game start up faster and speed chunk loading, but is not required.

Internet

If you plan on playing on a server, you'll want broadband internet.

Downloading the Mod/Forge

All of the following downloads will be found in your Home > Downloads folder, unless you have re-directed your downloads for that browser to another location. Don't open any of these files from your browser.

Website Navigation

The main page of this wiki has a download link prominently displayed; the same link is provided below. Click the link in the box that says: "The latest mod version is" and you will be directed to a new page.

The latest mod version is:
Update 36.6
for Minecraft 1.7.10
Recommended Forge: 1558
See changelog for recent changes.
The latest Renewed mod version is:
Note: the Renewed version is in early development and lacks many features of the full 1.7.10 mod, which you can download above.
Renewed-2.4 - CurseForge
for Minecraft 1.15.2
Recommended Forge: 1.15.2-31.2.31
See changelog for recent changes.
alternate download - Mediafire


If downloading on Firefox, make sure your file is a .jar (not .zip) else it will not work properly!


This page has a large green "DOWNLOAD" button displayed on the right side of the screen; select it to download the mod.

Forge for 1.7.10 can be found here, while the version for 1.15 can be found here. Follow the following instructions in the "Download Recommended" box. If you are running Windows, click Windows Installer. If you are running Mac or Linux, choose the Installer option.

Note: The legacy mod must be run on Minecraft and Forge 1.7.10, while the Renewed mod must be run on Minecraft and Forge 1.15. Attempting to mix and match Minecraft, Forge, and mod versions will result in crashes.

This link will take you to an ad page, so don't do anything right away. After around 5 seconds, click the "skip ad" button in the top right corner. This will download the forge installer.

Most browsers will simply download this files directly. Firefox may ask you what you would like to do with the file before downloading; click the option to "Save File".

Installation

Following is a guide for each operating system. These guides assume the Old Vanilla Minecraft Launcher.

Old Vanilla Launcher

Now open Minecraft launcher and run it in 1.7.10 to the title screen. You just need to have run vanilla Minecraft 1.7.10 at least once. Do this to be safe if you are not sure. Close minecraft. Navigate to your downloads folder. You should see the forge installer. Open it by double clicking, and it should say at the bottom "C:/Users/<username>/AppData/Roaming/.minecraft". Select download client (one of the little bubbles). Let it run. This may take a few minutes.

Now go to your home button and search %appdata% and press enter. Open the folder named Roaming and go to the .minecraft folder. Right click and make a new folder. Name it "mods", if one does not already exist. Running Forge once to your title screen will create the folder. Go to your download folder and copy and paste the "[1.7.10] The Lord of the Rings Mod Bxx.jar" file of the mod into your mods folder.

Go to your Minecraft launcher. Do not press play. In the bottom left there is a dropdown menu called "<playername>" (note that it will be your player name, not actually the word "<playername>"). Click it. There should be a profile named forge. Select it and press play. You should now be able to enjoy what this mod has to offer.


New Vanilla Launcher

Note: It is not required to create a vanilla 1.7.10 installation first but you may wish to. Double click on the Forge installer you downloaded earlier. This will open a window called "Mod System Installer". Keep the "Install Client" box ticked. Make sure that there are NO mods in the mods folder for other versions of Forge, or Forge won't load. (Optional) To choose a different install directory, click on the "…" button next to the box with the default install directory (.minecraft folder), then select the folder to install into. Click "Install" and wait for it to finish. Open the Minecraft launcher and select the profile "Forge" in the bottom left. Run the game and then close it once it reaches the main menu.

Now go to your home button and search %appdata% and press enter. Open the folder named Roaming and go to the .minecraft folder. Right click and make a new folder. Name it "mods", if one does not already exist. Running Forge once to your title screen (as suggested above) will create the folder. Go to your download folder and copy and paste the "[1.7.10] The Lord of the Rings Mod Bxx.jar" file of the mod into your mods folder. Then go back to the launcher and enjoy.


MultiMC

The MultiMC launcher is one of the easiest methods to use. First, click 'Add Instance' in the top left corner. In the window that opens, scroll down to 1.7.10 and enter a name at the top, then press OK. Then select the new instance and click 'Launch'. MultiMC will then download the vanilla files and load the game. Once it has done this, close the game and return to the launcher. Click 'Edit Instance' and then in the new window click the 'Install Forge' button on the right-hand side. Select the recommended version in the window and click OK. Then click the 'Loader Mods' tab on the left of the instance window and then 'Add' in the top right. You can then navigate to the LotR mod .jar you downloaded and add it.


Mac

Now open Minecraft launcher and run it in 1.7.10 to the title screen. You just need to have run vanilla Minecraft 1.7.10 at least once. Do this to be safe if you are not sure. Close Minecraft. Navigate to your downloads folder. You should see the Forge installer jar file. Open it by double clicking, and select install client (one of the little bubbles). Let it run. This may take a few minutes.

Now go to Finder. Go up to your toolbar at the top of your screen, and select "Go." The dropdown should contain a "Go To Folder" button. Click this. On your Finder window, a box will be at the top. Type in the box "~/Library". Then find the folder "Application Support". Open that, and find "minecraft". Click on this folder. In this folder, there may or may not be a "mods" folder. If there is, awesome, if there is no, create one, with the same name, case-sensitive. Running Minecraft modded with forge will create this folder as well. Go to your downloads folder and copy and paste the [1.7.10] The Lord of the Rings Mod B... .jar file of the mod into your mods folder.

Go to your Minecraft launcher. Do not press play. In the bottom left there is a dropdown menu called "<playername>" (note that it will be your player name, not actually the word "<playername>"). Click it. There should be a profile named "Forge". Select it and press play. You should now be able to enjoy what this mod has to offer.


Ubuntu Linux

After having downloaded both files, move them both from your "Downloads" folder to your Desktop, for easy access. Run your MC launcher, whether you use the command line, or an icon on your launcher. Once the launcher starts, click the button at the bottom that says "New Profile". A new window will open, and there will be a line for a name. Name it "1.7.10 Forge", "LOTR", or whatever you will remember. Below that, there will be a dropdown labelled "Version". Click the dropdown and select "1.7.10". Go down some more and find the box labelled "Use JVM Arguments". Check it, and a box that was greyed out will not be. Toward the front of the bar, you will see a bit of text that looks like "Xmx1GB". Change the "1" to a "2". This allocates more RAM to your LOTR profile so that you can play without memory related crashes. Click "Save Profile" at the bottom of the window. Make sure that the profile is selected by going to the lower left of your launcher and making sure that the name of your profile is shown. If it is not, click the dropdown and select it. Click "Play" and let MC load.

You need to run the forge JAR to install forge. To do this, type:

java -jar "

DON'T RUN IT YET!!! Find the forge file on your Desktop and drag the icon into the terminal, right after what you typed. Then place a

"

after the text that appears from dragging in the forge file. Hit <enter> to run the command. A little window will pop up. Select the "Install Client" bubble and click "Install". This may take a few minutes. Let it do it's thing. It will tell you once it has been successful. Open your Minecraft launcher again. Make sure you have the profile you created earlier selected. Click "Edit Profile". Under the versions dropdown, at the bottom, there should now be a version of 1.7.10 with forge installed. Select this, and then press save profile. Click "play". You can quit game once again once it has loaded.

Now, open your file browser. Navigate to the "View" menu at the top of your screen, and click "Show Hidden Files". Find the ".minecraft" folder, which should be located in your home directory. In this folder, there should be a folder called "mods". Place the file [1.7.10] The Lord of the Rings Mod B... .jar, that you downloaded directly into this folder without modifying it in any way. You might want to back up the "saves" folder in your ".minecraft" while you are at it, in order to prevent any of your worlds getting corrupted. Make sure not to play any old Minecraft worlds with LOTR installed, create new ones. To back it up, simply make a copy of the file on your desktop or elsewhere. To switch back to vanilla, just change your profile in the launcher so it has your MC username.


Checking the Installation

If you see this or something similar, the LotR Mod was properly installed.

If everything worked properly, you'll see the LotR map moving around in the background, when watching the Minecraft title screen. This feature was added in Public Beta 30. Also, since Public Beta 25, new world options are available when creating a new world.

Getting into Middle-earth

When making your world: you have two options: Putting the world type to Middle-earth or just vanilla. If you choose to take Middle-earth, you will directly spawn in the Middle-earth dimension.

Otherwise, when you spawn into your new world, you will start off in a vanilla Minecraft world. To get to Middle-earth, you will need to create a gold ring, and throw this into a fire (or lava). When all is said and done, it usually takes one iron ingot, a gold ingot, and a piece of flint to get into Middle-earth.

You can either go into Creative or use NotEnoughItems to cheat these items in, or you can gather all the things you need within an hour or less. Another option is to use a world seed that spawns you right next to a desert pyramid or jungle temple, and get the loot. Each pyramid/temple will usually have enough loot to create a Flint-and-Steel and a Gold Ring.

What do I do in Middle-earth?

There are countless things to do in Middle-earth. Read the Middle-earth Gameplay Guide to learn more about what you can do in this realm.

I still have a problem!

If you run into problems installing the Lord of the Rings Mod, please ask in the "technical-support" channel on our Discord server. The community will be happy to assist you with any issues you might run into.

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