I've always wondered this, and finally decided I'd just post here to see if I could get it clarified once and for all. Don't know why it took me this long.
In the initial LotR, they skipped 1-10, and 20-30. I thought it was strange, until I saw F&F. Was this intentional, or did they just leave room for an expansion? If this was part of the original design, were Foes part of it as well?
To me it is intentional in the sense that the designer cleverly left room for an expansion. This is a sign of planning ahead in the game design, in a good way! LoTR the boardgame is one of Knizia all-time masterpieces. The co-operative boardgames genre, a whole segment in the market nowadays, owes everything to the release of this title.