In real life six years have passed. Within the story of Lord of the Rings it is only been like six months since the game started. The game appears to have started around the time Frodo left Hobbiton in August 3018. Currently we in February 3019.
Originally Posted by Bartholomeos
Although rebuilding of Archet would have started while we are gone. It is no longer under way. Most likely Archet has been destroyed again and more or less abandoned. The real rebuilding will not begin until after the One Ring is destroyed. Free People military units, Ranger or Fellowship members return to push out the folks that has seized control of Bree, Archet, Combe, The Shire. Adso's camp has most likely burned down and Adso killed.
The other thing to remember especially in the older regions like Bree. They are time locked. When you travel across the landscape from region to region you are not only moving NESW, up and down - you moving forward and backwards in time.
It MIGHT be nice if Bree phased based on where you are in the Epic Line. If you done enough of the Epic line, you would find that the South Bree and West Bree stables deactivate because Bree changes sides to faction Sauron and his buddies. There is no auction hall, crafting hall or friendly NPCs like forge master in Bree for you. Instead there are enemy mobs occupying the city.
Unless stated otherwise, all content in this post is My Personal Opinion.