Fixed: LOTRO Failed to Queue for Server

Many Lord Of The Rings Online (LOTRO) players report the “Failed To Queue For Server” error, making the game unplayable. This usually happens when the server is too busy or when there is a communications-related error. 

Good news–our resident gamers have come up with the best ways to fix this server error. Keep reading to learn more! 

Fix #1: Check if the Servers are Down From Official Announcements

Before doing anything, check LOTRO’s service updates from their official website or online forums. 

LOTRO official website

You will probably encounter this error when the servers are down. If this is the case, just wait for updates when the servers are up. 

Fix #2: Re-log Into the Launcher

If you keep bumping into this “Failed To Queue For Server” error, you can try logging out from your launcher and logging in again.

  1. Go to your launcher’s menu bar and click the “down” arrow.  
  2. Then, enter the data required to log in. 

Now, play the game and see if the issue is now fixed. 

Fix #3: Run the Program as Admin

The next resolution is to “Run the Program as Administrator.” To do this, refer to the instructions below:

LOTRO on Steam
  1. Navigate to your menu tab and find the “Command Prompt” option.
  2. Right-click “Command Prompt,” then select “Run as Admin.”
  3. If this option is not on the list, just left-click “Command Prompt,” and there you can see the “Run as Admin” option. 

Extra Tip: If you use Windows 8, press and hold the Windows button + X. On the list that appears, choose “Command Prompt (admin).”

Fix #4: Flush DNS

If the issue still occurs, try flushing DNS. Here’s how you can go about it:

cmd prompt flush DNS
  1. Open the “Command Prompt” (like how you open it on the method above). 
  2. Once the window pops up, input the “ipconfig /flushdns” command as is. 
  3. Then, press “Enter” to apply the command. You’re done!

Fix #5: Try Port Forwarding

Like on other games, you can try the port forwarding method on LOTRO to resolve the server problem. 

Note: Ensure you know your router’s IP address, device’s IP address, and the UDP and TCP ports to forward. 

Port forwarding

Here are the steps:

  1. Log in to your router, then search for your router’s port forwarding section. 
  2. Enter your PC’s (or the device you use) IP address and TCP and UDP ports for the game on the corresponding boxes. 
  3. Finally, reboot your router to apply the changes. 

Fix #6: Check Your Windows Firewall or Antivirus Program Settings

Your antivirus program or Windows Firewall might be causing the issue to your LOTRO. We suggest checking your Firewall or antivirus [1] program settings to see if LOTRO is exempted from the list. 

Fix #7: Try a Couple More Times

This method is the simplest of all but requires more patience. If you encounter the issue the first time, just exit the game and try again. 

LOTRO gameplay

You can retry a couple of times, like 3 to 5, to test the issue. If the problem is still there, we advise you to find the best solution to fix LOTRO’s server issue. 

Fix #8: Reinstall LOTRO

If none of the above methods takes effect, then your last resort is to uninstall and reinstall LOTRO on your device. 

Follow the steps below:

  1. Back up your LOTRO game folder. 
  2. Download and run the installer. (Note: Do not launch the game yet) 
  3. Overwrite the installation folder along with the backup. 
  4. Finally, launch and play LOTRO.   


You won’t have to be bothered when encountering the “Failed To Queue For Server” error on LOTRO. Our resident gamers have provided eight methods to resolve this server issue. Now you can play as much as you want and enjoy the adventures!

Mathew has nursed a love of video games since childhood. Now, as an adult, he enjoys playing challenging games as much as he enjoys relating with other gamers. Matthew created Hypernia to give gamers like himself accurate and reliable information about games, servers, communication protocols, and much more.

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