Welcome to the game!
Originally Posted by GenteelMan
Each race has a slightly different start to the game as you've discovered. Elves and Dwarves begin their adventures in Ered Luin, while Hobbits and Men begin in Bree-Land. Hobbits are eventually sent back to the Shire while Men stay on in Bree-Land. These starter regions only affect your first few levels (and, if you want, you can even run yourself to another race's starter region once you reach the main world). If you're asking about the Epic Quests, Book 1 joins all of the races up after they've finished the prologue quests. If you're talking about broader questing, the game nudges all races back toward Bree around level 15. After that, no matter what your race, you can go wherever you please. Questing together is also an option.
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