The rope is not a joke. It is there for players who do not have Lothorien completed or the quest pack there. Epic Quests are open to all players regardless of their quest packs or expansions. The rope is a solution for this quest line.
If you have access to CG you cannot use the rope. You must enter thru the gates.
Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.
The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel