I am not sure what site/forum post exactly I followed, but at 45 I dutifully went and completed Volume 2 Book 1, and donned by shiny new legendary items. While I was at it, I went and completed all of Eregion, bringing me up nicely to 48, when I plunged into Moria.
I've managed to hack, slash, run, die, and revive my way through 6 levels in there solo, fighting mostly yellows and oranges, doing solo only yellow and orange quests.
Now at level 54, I'm finding out (the hard way), I dove into Moria too early. I've exhausted the quest content for my level, and every quest is back to being yellow or orange (all of my remaining quests are in waterworks, flaming deeps, and the redhorn lodes). Even worse, that yellow and orange content, even though listed as solo, can sometimes quickly get me killed as a solo captain since my DPS just is not up to snuff, and in the minute or two it takes me to kill something, some patrol will wander by and add to the fight. A for-instance was getting to the "bat cave" quest in durin's way. None of that was hard. It just took me 45min to kill my way to the cave, dying once to a surprise patrol, and almost every other fight requiring a healing + power potion. It just doesn't seem right, after 48 previous levels of feeling "awesome" as a captain.
I went back out to Forochel and Angmar, thinking maybe doing blues and green quests would help me over this rut, but to no avail. Killing greens that net me 12 xp per kill, and finishing quests that grant me under 1k xp just won't do it.
I understand at 56 we get the archer pet, and that will make life a little easier DPS-wise, but how do I get from here to there?
Many thanks in advance for any assistance, as this is a small rough patch in an otherwise brilliant class experience for me.