I'm not sure how many of you have heard about this, but I couldn't find anything about it. Sorry if it's a repost.
There is an online course at Coursera, by the Vanderbilt University, that will talk about Online Gaming and works of Fantasy. Many parts of the course will take place on an online game, and that is no less than LoTRO!
I have never played the game before, but this seemed like a good opportunity to begin...