I'd like to put in a quick pitch for the expansion to this great game, "Battles of the Third Age".
The base game "War of the Ring" is a game I rate a "10". It is an amazingly thematic wargaming experience, where you literally replay and recreate "The Lord Of The Rings" story each time you play it.
While you don't need the expansion, the added elements are a lot of fun to play. For instance, how can you have a "Lord Of The Rings" story without The Ents being prominent for the Free People, or the Balrog showing up to cause havoc in and/or around Moria, right? These are just two key elements that you get when you add in the "Battles of the Third Age" expansion, not to mention the Corsair of Umbar (ships can be used to sail armies up the coast), seige engines (trebuchets and seige towers) for combat at the Strongholds, the wildmen, Galadriel, and a new version of The Witch King.
By adding in the expansion, "Battles of the Third Age", this ones goes to "11".