This game is great. It's not like any other MMORPG, it is well balanced, good graphics (that you can lower if you have a bad computer) and the best thing, it is not too much fantasy. I hate games where people run around with huge armors and enormous swords that they can barely drag, if it were realistic.
To be fair, LOTRO is more mediaeval than fantastical. It is not hugely based on magic - if such a word is appropriate to use on LOTR, it is controversial. Nevertheless, LOTRO has a spark that not many other MMORPGs really have. :-)