Ok I have a captain I raised the old way, through 70 or so levels. Even as my 4th alt she was used in the hey-day of Moria when cap was 60, has only been raised since to 66-ish.
So with the trees, I decided to re-learn and so I rolled a new cappy. I also decided to max out areas as much as possible before leveling her, so she is only now at level 13:
Keep in mind also she has crit-crafted gear for the most part, uses scrolls and vitality food (+9 only though). She is traited in the blue line but not that many trait points. Main reason to keep a lid on the level is to not out grow some of the tasks but also to get at the content on-level.
1. Shire, done (every deed possible)
2. Erud Luin, done (everything outside of Sarnur that is).
3. Bree, everything outside of (the inside) of the Barrows and nothing yet the Great Forest.
First tough thing I tried was to get the Orc slayer deeds done. Orcs are typically in the 17-18 range? My captain was 12 at the time.
Was not tough, even getting 3 orcs at once. Mind you I could not fall asleep and pet did get mangled a few times if I let it slip. No problem, re-summon in combat! OK so far so good, raise the bar to 13...
Head into the Barrow Downs. At least I can get the explorer deeds done, yup no problem. Needed some Medium hides so I test myself on some RED (18/19) bargahsts...not too bad. Even two at a time with a rat? Holy cow, shouldn't I be running to stay alive? Same as the multi orcs although I did try to keep them to singles, but I found myself pulling ones nearby while finishing a mob. Ok lets try the wights (same levels 18, 19)...um, same, even a level 20 went down.
Needless to say I now have the bargahst and wight deeds in the book. At level 13, I can handle multiple 18s and 19s (if careful). I may just venture into the Great Forest next. Pretty sure I should be at least 15 to go inside the barrows and remain sane though.
Are captains too strong now?
Nothing to see here, move along...