From Echoes of Angmar

And all the host laughed and wept, and in the midst of their merriment and tears the clear voice of the minstrel rose like silver and gold, and all men were hushed. And he sang to them, now in the elven-tongue, now in the speech of the West, until their hearts, wounded with sweet words, overflowed, and their joy was like swords, and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness. –J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Return of the King".


With song and tale, a Minstrel brings hope to places thick with gloom. She can inspire those with fearful minds and heavy hearts to great deeds. In battle, she can turn the tide with uplifting songs that strengthen and restore her allies, and dirges that strike fear into the hearts of her enemies.

Races: Dwarf, Elf, Man, Hobbit

Role: Healer

Is this the class for me?

The Minstrel is the class of choice for players who want to aid their friends, inspiring them to keep going through the darkest of times. With a vast repertoire of tales both fair and foul, a Minstrel restores the Morale of her fellows, as well as causing her enemies to despair. Though able to wield weapons, Minstrels prefer to let their words, rather than their swords, speak for them. Their style of combat is based on maintaining hope no matter what the odds

Minstrel Pros & Cons
(+) Strengths (-) Weaknesses
+ Best healing in the game - Light armoured class (upgrade to medium by quest)
+ Great buffs for fellowship play - Minor melee abilities
+ Ranged Damage spells - Cannot wield shield until Level 20
+ Lots of skill options for various situations

Skills & Combat


You must sing a Tier 1 ballad to unlock your ability to sing a Tier 2 ballad. You must sing a Tier 2 song to unlock your ability to sing a Tier 3 ballad.


You have a short window after playing a Tier 3 ballad to play an anthem. If you do so, it will reset your ballad counter back to Tier 1.

Active Skills

See full list: Minstrel Skills

Passive Skills

See full list: Minstrel Skills

Traits & Deeds

See: Minstrel Traits; also: Minstrel Deeds

Class Quests

A Song for the Company (Level 15)

A Minstrel's Hope (Level 30)

Articles of Harmony & Implements of Song (Level 45

Burglar Captain Champion Guardian Hunter Lore-master Minstrel