I played this game for a short while, and then put it away. I only rediscovered it a few months later, began to play it again, and instantly got addicted.
The game is truly excellent. The storyline is good, the areas to explore are interesting, and the battles, although turn based, do involve a fair bit of strategy. As the game advances, the characters learn more and more moves which get better and better, and the moves you learn are based on the ones you have already been using, which I think is a very good touch. In some parts, you get to meet up with members of the fellowship, and fight alongside them, which are some of the battles I enjoy the most.
There are drawbacks, though. The characters, although interesting, seem wooden, and the storyline, although following the original fellowship, seems a little stretched. The map can also be confusing at times, and difficult to follow, and quests can seem difficult to understand.
One thing particularly annoying is the extreme variables of difficulty. At some points, it can appear to be ridiculously easy, and you are barely challenged at all, yet, in the same level, even setting the difficulty to the easiest available can make a battle appear virtually impossible.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the game, and thought it was a good idea. By all means, buy the game, and you'll be very likely to enjoy it, especially if you are a Tolkein fan, but, if a sequel to this game is released (which I personally hope), then there are areas that can be improved.