... I was much too timid in moving the ringbearers; they never moved more than two regions from Rivendell the whole game. I should have taken more chances, because I ended up effectively playing a purely military game, at which the SP seem to have an advantage.
Chris, this is exactly how my first few games went when this game first hit my table. My opponent finally got the idea to let go of wargame offense instincts and push the Fellowship as Roberto suggests - I was suitably appalled but he started dunking the ring consistently and I had to retool my Shadow strategy.