Last night I finished up the deeds I needed in Eregion, including doing 40 quests in the region. Nothing super-tough; my Lore-master is smacking faces and taking names these days and my trusty bear is always there to lend a hand.
As I’ve been going back through all of these zones on this character, I’ve been reevaluating them. Eregion used to be a welcome alternative to the grossness of Angmar, pleasant and open to explore. However, now I’m seeing it as a lot of nothing. Apart from the instanced area that leads up to the gates of Moria, it’s such a bland region with so little to define it. A few ruins, hills, scattered trees. It’s kind of interesting to meet the Dundlanders, but that’s not enough to set my underpants on fire. The quests aren’t much better, to be honest. There are loads of kill ten rats, as most everyone is just passing through and wants to give you busy work.
There are plenty of early LOTRO zones that I’d like to see reworked with more quests, better landscape, and an improved quest flow. Eregion isn’t as high as, say, Trollshaws and Misty Mountains on that list, but in comparison to any of the expansion content, it really is kind of pathetic. You’d think that the developers would have taken more advantage to the Fellowship passing through (although seeing Bill the pony is a nice bit).
Anyway, I just have Angmar to go and then I’ll be diving back into Moria. Wish me luck!