I think some of the gorgeous art used in this game mentioned by posters are from LotR Confrontation: the Deluxe Edition.
We see a few instances of this from games sharing the same licenses/properties/universe such as Runebound & Descent, Call of Cthulhu card game & Arkham Horror, etc...How do people feel about owning two different games incorporating the same art?
It makes economic sense for a company both large and small to do this; however, this sharing of artspace has somewhat influenced my decision to stay away from Descent and Arkham Horror.
Another thing I'd like to mention is unifying art direction or lack thereof. I don't know how important it is to others, but art is sort of like the face for the theme inherent in the game for me. It irks me somewhat to see a boardgame with mismatch of art directions. For example, Middle-Earth Quest has both the cute original Confrontation art as well the more hardcore Deluxe Edition art and has what looks to me digitized art for characters to top it all off. Well, to be fair the DE also has the original art and digitized map as well, but that does not help matters in my eyes. Another personal pet peeve spotted I guess...I just hope the mechanics hold the game together.