Okay, so I'm not really a 'new' player or anything, but I am a relative lowbie and have a bit of a quandry.
I have been playing LotRO for over 4 years, and I love this game. The first book I ever picked up to read, as in a REAL solid, hefty book was the Hobbit when I was 8 years old, and the world Tolkien crafted has always stuck with me since. I am also an avid MMORPG fanatic, and have played virtually every one in existence to some extent or another. Now, my problem is thus: despite the length of time I have put into this game, my highest level character is my Captain who I just dinged 49 on. I'm no power-leveler, but I still tend to level faster than this in MMORPGs, and given how I'm barely at the halfway mark with no toons over 20, I get frustrated that I'm not making more headway in this game.
I don't do 'hunting' quests for my traits, because they bore me, and I have no real difficulty with combat as a Captain, but what always, inevitably happens is somewhere along clearing out a zone, with all the back-and-forthing to quest mobs that then send me BACK to the same spot again I just get bored. During one of my alt-tabs while riding to Rivendel or back up to Gloin's camp, I end up finding something else to do and just hard-exit.
So basically, odd question I know, but what do you veteran types do to curb this boredom, or do you ever feel it at all? Is this normally where Fellowships fit in, with the casual chatter? I'll admit, I'm a solo-ish, and generally shun guilds of all types in all games purely because, well, I HATE modern-day gamers, but does the social aspect fill the huge void created by hub-running? I know this is random and I'm sorta all-over, but it's just frustrating that I feel like I can't enjoy this game. I WANT to explore the story of Moria, I want to experience mounted combat in Rohan and, eventually, fight at Helm's Deep. But at the rate I'm going, this game will close LONG before I get there.
Please keep in mind this is not a 'people on my server, keep me company' or me trying to get into a Fellowship. I'm honestly asking for tips on how to alleviate the drudgery.