I’m in a bit of a halfway house in LOTRO at the moment. While I’ve achieved a high enough level and given myself permission to head out of Moria to the east side of the Misty Mountains, I still have business in the underdark (such as a lot of epic book quests to finish), and thus I find myself traveling back and forth, just like Frodo did. Actually, I can’t imagine the Fellowship escaping Moria by the skin of their teeth, then encountering a NPC who politely asks them to go back inside to deliver a message or perhaps a queche.
In any case, everyone who blogs about this moment in their LOTRO experience — particularly their first time through Moria — always expresses the same feeling of relief and happiness to have Moria at their backs and a beautiful forest spread out in front of them. Good times.
Oh, did I mention that said forest is full of elves who, despite everything I’ve ever done for Middle-earth up to this point, will plug me with arrows if I go too far into their precious trees?
It gets better: there are a group of semi-friendly elves (although some of the girl elves have incredibly low voices which made me take a step or two back) who will give you quests so that you can earn admission into their awesome Disneyland kingdom. So I’m asked to grovel before them, doing menial work — including collecting “orc filth” — until I’ve proved that I’m as whipped as a puppy dog.
And to prove how utterly sadistic and evil these elves are (like all elves), several of the quests are riiiiight by the unmarked Death Zone Line. Groveling, check. Killed by elves while doing what the elves asked me to do, check.
Seriously, Turbine, where is the freaking option to side with Sauron and go all Terminator on Lothlorien? Why do you have to enforce the elf stereotype of this race being the biggest group of arrogant, elitist nimrod(el)s in the world? And why am I shoehorned into doing their bidding without any other option?
Elves: your day of reckoning is coming. I’ll do your dirty work… for now. But I wouldn’t sleep if I were you.
(Can’t wait to get to Mordor. No elves in Mordor. Gotta be the happiest place on earth.)