I watched the Boardgamegeek preview and was curious if and how Tom, the Barrow Wights, Gildor and the wandering company, and Old Man Willow would be incorporated into the game? Since they were all surprises to the Hobbits it may cause some difficulties to include them and still have the player be in a position to make the same decisions the Hobbits in the book were in. Does anyone else see this as an issue?
I don't think the game is meant to match every single story beat from the book, but I could be wrong. They'll probably come in as something like one-time use special action cards that let you break the rules of the game. I don't see that as a problem at all. I don't need this board game to be a 1:1 reproduction of the book.
Hopefully the designer or somebody who has actually played the game will chime in.