Schaknews has a Q&A with Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer of the LOTR MMOG game.
Shack: Where does Shadows of Angmar fit into the Lord of the Rings storyline?
Jeffrey Steefel: LOTRO’s storyline begins shortly after Frodo leaves the Shire. The premise of our story is that while the Fellowship formed and journeyed on to Mordor, the lands they left behind fell under attack by the forces of the Witch-king of Angmar, the King of the Nazgûl. Your role is to defend Eriador from the evil shadow which is reaching across the land in pursuit of the Fellowship and the One Ring.