While browsing I came across this great article/review of Lotro that covered exactly why I personally like this game so much. Gamerswithjobs.com seems to have gotten it just right:
"...What will keep LOTRO alive is the players who want to be part of a story. Yes, this will mean legions of scary Tolkein freaks who will sit in OOC chat and argue about what kind of tobacco should grow in the shire. But it also means that for those gamers able to admit their love for the story lines in games like Planescape: Torment and Oblivion, there's a new animal here. It's the Co-Op Destiny-locked RPG..."
To read the whole article go here