Lances are melee weapons with greatly increased reach and decreased attack speed. Carrying a lance on foot - rather than when riding a mount - slows your movement speed. Thus, they are not the greatest weapon to use on foot, but they are effective when you are mounted.
At present there are only three lances in the Mod: the Dol Amroth lance, wielded by mounted Swan Knights of Dol Amroth, the Gondorian lance, used by mounted Gondor soldiers, and the Rohirric lance, used by the Riders of Rohan.
The Dol Amroth lance can be obtained by looting stables, or by crafting on a Dol Amroth crafting table. The Gondor lance can be obtained through crafting on a Gondorian crafting table or by looting structures, and the Rohirric lance is crafted on a Rohirric crafting table. All three lances require two iron ingots and one of any sticks.
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A lance will deal the base damage of it equipment set, meaning Dol Amroth lances deal +7 HP of damage, Gondorian and Rohirric lances deal only +6.5 HP of damage. The attack speed of a lance is half that of a sword, however, one could argue that the increased reach, which is twice that of a sword, and the knockback bonus, make up for this.
These lances are viable weapons for fighting, whether on horseback or on foot. Note that when wielding a lance, your movement speed is reduced, and your FOV (field of view) will narrow somewhat. These movement penalties don't apply when using a lance on horseback. Unlike a spear, a lance cannot be thrown.
Lances can be powerful weapons against infantry. Their high knockback, combined with their great reach will allow you to keep several enemies at bay simultaneously, and to hit potential PvP'ers before they even have a chance of hitting you. They are ideally suited to mounted combat, but these tactics can also be used on foot. When fighting against foes wielding lances, it's best to use some ranged weapons.