Re: What time is it?
I generally play during Euro primetime/US morning time and generally find no shortage of players. I can't speak for your timezone, but I think your issue is not so much time as it is level. Veteran players are likely still spending time in Isengard rather than working on alts. Some free players may not have access to the quest pack you're working on. The mid-30s would likely be a rough zone on most servers right now.
My advice is to join glff (you may not be able to find those fellowships, but you will find a good number of people there...to add it type /joinchannel glff), find a good kinship that includes a range of levels (ideally with a mix of mains and alts in those mid levels), or be ready to form impromptu fellowships. And beyond that, you sometimes have to simply trudge through to get the more populous areas.
This server does not have the population you would find on a Brandywine, but many of us prefer the community here to what you will find on some of the larger servers. You may struggle to find a group now, but it should not be much of a problem as you level. Feel free to contact me on Rosalie if you need any help along the way.
(The 90s girl in me was very tempted to simply answer with: "4:30. It's not late...naw...naw. It's just early." I do hope someone gets that.)
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