Turbine has announced the December release date for the next Lord of the Rings Online expansion, The Siege of Mirkwood, with an adventurer's pack also available to help jumpstart the journey beyond Moria.

Turbine takes players from the Mines of Moria to the Siege of Mirkwood on December 1st, when the digital expansion pack goes on sale for $19.99. As a special incentive to return to the game, lapsed players who reactivate their accounts using a multi-month plan between now and October 31st will get the expansion free of charge, which is perhaps Turbine's way of making loyal customers extremely angry.

Today Turbine also announces the LOTRO Adventurer's Pack, which adds two character slots to players' accounts, as well as two shared bank slots to facilitate item transfer between characters. The pack is now available for preorder, with those who do receiving an 8% increase to their run speed thanks to the Harbinger's Cloak and the Dusky Nimblefoot Goat mount to boot.

For more information, head over to the expansion website. Note that the special offers are only available for a limited time, after which you'll just have to suffer, and no one enjoys suffering.