Lotro is after all a great game, but the problem is that fans of Lotr can't experience that much of middle earth, in order to access places like Lothlorien, Duneland, and Moria, one must level up there character which I think, being on my first character, is pretty difficult, As a big fan I wish I could really access these areas not to do quests but to re-live the movie, if quests are need players can just buy them from the store and then worry about leveling but I think we players ought to be able to explore Middle-Earth
Two problems with that. Lore-wise, Moria is infested with orcs and goblins, Dunland and Rohan are on war footings, Angmar is a blasted land teeming with evil - why should a defenseless traveler be able to easily move through these areas?; and what kind of major programming changes are going to be required so that the monsters will ignore those who don't have quests for the area, are ridiculously low level, or want to just travel through and look at scenery?
Plus, there is the sense of accomplishment you recieve after battling through hordes of monsters, and suddenly come across some important scene from the books. I was so awed when I found three stone trolls sitting around a clearing, and realized I had read of them in The Hobbit.
One of the things absolutely love about this game is the huge, interconnected world that they offer. So actually, there is nothing that is preventing you from exploring these far off areas, except maybe a handful of high-level mobs. This may prove difficult for the lone, defenseless traveler, but that's part of the experience.
Since you're a Roleplayer (which I assume based on the OP posting here), why not team up with a band of like-minded fellows and go exploring? Even for low levels, this can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. Back on the day the Moria expansion launched, a group of us formed up and went exploring. We ended up fighting and healing our way across the entire length of the cave, getting lost and at times facing mobs that were 10 levels higher than us.
Outside of that experience, I often hear about plenty of organized "Walks to Rivendell" events, and similar events that follow in the footsteps of the Fellowship. I have escorted a few low-leveled individuals across dangerous plains myself, just so they could experience new areas first hand. Personally, I find it thrilling to explore vast and dangerous new areas, even when my character is vastly under-leveled. Who knows, it might even provided the inspiration to start leveling so that you can compete with the mobs in these areas. After all, it doesn't take long to level in this game, and as many will tell you, the journey (aka, the leveling) is far more rewarding than the destination in lotro.
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I know we players have access to areas even when low levels but not all of them, I traveled and successfully arrived at Galtrev (Duneland) at level 35 but I made a failed atempt to Moria when I reached the gate to the Walls the words appeared in front of me "You don't have the corresponding quest" I was upset because I really wished to see Lothlorien and Mirkwood, and the edge of the map and all, but I wondered why I could make it all the way to the Gap of Rohan without going through any portals saying
"You don't have the corresponding quest". Duneland is a far more dangerous area the Moria and yes I know the odds of reaching the other side but it would be quite and an adventure! So I ask Turbine if it could give us this chance to explore ALL of Middle-Earth
you can go to most places at any level technecly but the mobs will kill you but most of them are easy to avoid for example at lvl 17 my friend and i went all the way from ered luin to moria to the gap of rohan and made it. It inspired us to level and look at us now he is lvl43 im lvl49 and we can kill mobs at half the places we got one shot one killed at at lvl17 it was rewarding to level and fun. sorry for my confusing comment