Decipher will probably not be supporting LOTR the RPG anymore. It is being discussed on one of their Lord of the Rings RPG Forum Boards and it is pretty much accepted by the LOTR community that Decipher management are currently putting the entire operation at risk (alledgedly!).
I am very sad to see this happening as the LOTR game is quite a good one (except the combat).
Heyho. You can keep up with fan based material at the Hall of Fire website It really is an excellent production and is free.
It could be back to using MERP at some stage. Or GURPS which could be interesting.
I am running a campaign at the moment using LOTR rules set in T.A. 2941 and started at the Battle of the Five Armies. Might put some sort of update on it here, if i can be arsed! :)