Problem started on Saturday...

Login up to the "Warner Bros" screen is fine
Black screen appears for 5-10 mins before getting to the Character creation screen (this has never happened before)
Once I select my character and click on "Enter middle Earth" the screen just freezes and says "Lord of the Rings Online (Not Responding)". Then after a lengthy amount of time, it just times out.

Is this a server (Elendilmir) wide problem?

Any solutions to this problem?