US LOTRO game servers are now back up and running with the first free content update for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Book 9: Shores of Evendim introduces a new region, over 100 new quests, new items, a new raid, major updates to the music and crafting system, and lots more. The full release notes are in 3 parts (due to their size) and can be found here:
The LOTRO community manager had this to say to all:
"We're very excited to have hit this first major post-launch milestone, and are looking forward to seeing our players explore all of the new content!"
The Europeans get to apply the patch tomorrow and in case you are getting bored I've trolled the US forums and found the following two topics for you to read besides the patch notes (or you can always browse through our comics - even if you have done so in the past!):
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=59598 (a list of hilarious things)