When I was looking into getting a game for my brother for his birthday I wasn't sure which one to get him. It was when we were playing lord or the rings risk and talking about the games many flaws that I took it upon myself to find a LOTR game that could fit the bill.
So I began to research being new to BGG I didn't know about many games and when I stumbled on this game and the reviews of the games thematic nature and story and knowing my brothers love for the books I decided this was the game for him.
When he saw it and began pouring through the pages of the rule book, he was speechless! We then learned the game and played three times that night! It was epic and super fun, neither of us were disappointed and needles to say we won't play the risk version every again. Buy this game! You will not be disappointed!