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I was also thinking about this and came up with the idea of surviving the first round of battle then retreating to an adjacent free space.
When defending a region with a stronghold and it looks bad for the army with the companion then don't retreat into the stronghold but instead plan to survive the first round of combat and retreat to an adjacent free space instead.
Live to fight another day.
Employ a Fabian Strategy in the regions before the stronghold regions.
Slow down the Sauron player to buy time for Frodo. Men of the West style.
The drawback with this strategy is that you give the Shadow player what he wants, the Victory points from the Stronghold!