Continuing my Labor Day weekend series of "My characters: let me show you them", Allarond is mid-way though level 56, and a bit over halfway through the Moria portion of the Mines of Moria expansion.
In general, the content has remained very good. There are four major quest hubs that I haven't been able to explore yet, and these could very well be enough to get me to level 60 before I even hit Lothlorien. I'm making some progress on crafting, though that system is not that much less irritating than it was back when I decided to blow it off in 2007. More exciting is that I'm nearing the rep level that will let me claim the low-end Moria-capable goat mount.
I'm still on the fence about whether to bother with a Runekeeper alt - Turbine has revamped some of the game's lowbie areas recently, but I'm still way behind on kill grinding deeds for my main, and I'm not eager to start over from scratch. I guess it will be a mood question whenever I get around to it.
The breaking LOTRO news this weekend was that Turbine is launching a mini-expansion later this year with an increased level cap. It makes absolutely no sense for me to rush on through to level 60 now, waste content by completing quests that won't award exp because I'm at the cap, get frustrated at the grindy nature of Turbine's endgame, and leave the game in an angry, dissatisfied state (as I did in 2007) when there's an expansion coming so soon. So, I'm going to be putting off the rest of Moria until the expansion gets closer.
As Yeebo points out, there are some reasons to be skeptical of this new project - it will be very interesting to see whether this model means that Turbine will now be charging for the content that previously went in its no-additional-fee patches. Still, in principle the timing works out pretty well for me. If I pick up LOTRO again in late October, with the mini-expansion arriving in November, that's probably time to make it through Mirkwood before EQ2's expansion in February, which would, in turn, probably last me through until the pre-Cataclysm world events start up in WoW. After having paid so little for the current expansion cycle to begin with, I might be willing to forgive a little bit of an extra money-grab if Turbine actually delivers on more Moria-quality content.