Originally Posted by Wonton Prejudice
I did a quick ride through on my horse sightseeing after I escaped the mines the first time.
Why? Lots of quests with good story. Challenging mobs (I'm regularly fighting mobs with 15,000 plus morale--my morale is close to 11,000). Mounted combat rocks (once you get used to it). The quests are very linear (one chain will take you to the next area, much like parts of Moria and nearly all of Evendim), so it's very easy to find quests and level (I'd be higher level, but I haven't had much playing time lately).