I love the Guides to Middle Earth Classes that Myndariel of Myndariel's Middle Earth has been doing, and I missed this one going by on my blogroll.
This is a guide I really need! My little Hobbit Guardian is only level 7.
With this guide, and my experiences in other MMOs, I could play this class now. Way back when the game was new, it was only my second MMO. I didn't understand the idea of tanks at all, coming only from Galaxies. The idea of one player in the group trying to get all the mob attention just for themselves seemed kind of selfish, and foolish.
I don't think I really appreciated the tanking concept until playing WOW dungeons. Then it all made sense. Go forth and pull all the mobs, little Hobbit.
Speaking of Mordor (weren't we?) I have this to say:
The fine folks at LOTRO "took me in" after SOE/LucasArts broke my heart with Galaxies. They were a revelation. Smart, determined to build an incredible game, invariably kind and generous, they seemed to do every single thing right.
I bought three Lifetime Subscriptions at release, not easy for me to do, financially, but I really was impressed and believed in them.
Now here they are, brilliantly still standing and putting out an expansion only dreamed of by Men, Hobbits, Dwarves and Elves.
It's the Ultimate Fan Bundle for me, they deserve it, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Interesting article and discussion at MassivelyOP (as always):
The Ancient Gaming Noob seems ready to head into the fires:
Lina's Biscuity Burrow Has gone with the Standard Edition, and she gives a great rundown of what each package contains and how it all compares to previous expansions:
Ravalation looks at the reception of other LOTRO pre-orders have had