I recommend Hunter as your first class. Hunters are very powerful ranged characters that, with the right class tree, can fire while running, AND, more importantly they get "ports" (called guides in game) to various regions of the game as they level up (you have to buy them from vendors).
I can not stress how handy ports are. Travel is slow. LOTRO doesn't have a map like WoW does where you just point to the city you want to go and it goes there. You have to know the route to take and take horses to. every. stable. master. between. the. two. points. Super annoying. (There is a plugin that tells you the route, but still.)
Ports are VERY nice when you get to level 100, or even lower. I have characters of every class. I pretty much only play my hunter. He's awesome.
The wardrobe is a handy place to put cosmetics in that all characters can access. You either have to have an active VIP subscription OR buy slots from the store to be able to add new items to the wardrobe (VIP get either ten or twenty slots for free as long as they are active, you can use items in those slots after VIP expires, but if you remove an item from the wardrobe after that you can't add something new back in).
To use an item in your wardrobe you drag it from your wardrobe to the appropriate slot in your cosmetic outfit on your outfit/gear panel. You can dye items in the wardrobe and then select what color you want to use from the wardrobe before using the item.
If you do not have a wardrobe you can still use cosmetic items!
You have to have the cosmetic item in your inventory, dye the item whatever color you want to wear, drag it to the slot it belongs in. Don't destroy the item, because then you can't use it again. If it's in the wardrobe you can destroy it (or give it back to whoever loaned you the item).
I have quite a large cosmetic collection and almost every dye color there is. I'm more than happy to loan you anything you want.
I don't know if you used plugins in WoW, but plugins are so useful. There are quite a few I use and will suggest here.
In theory the /rp flag tells you if someone is willing to role play or not. In reality this doesn't really make a difference. Most people aren't role playing and basically ignore this flag.
You can collect emotes and cosmetic pets. To see the collections and see which ones you've collected go to the menu on the far left end of the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, click on collections.
You can click on every emote/pet that is available in the game and it will tell you how to earn it. See the wiki for more information on each emote/pet.
Basically sell everything you don't need. This is how to determine if you need something or not:
LOTRO Points are a currency earned by completing deeds. You can use these points in the LOTRO Store to buy various things that will make the game easier/better. Deed types:
Those are the most frequent deeds. You can also earn deeds during festivals and some hidden deeds. Not every deed gives LOTRO points, you can see the reward for the deed under the "Deeds" panel if you've started a deed.
If you complete every deed in a region you get a special award and LOTRO points.
If you want to grind LOTRO points the best way is to create a throwaway character that you use to complete the deeds in the Shire, Bree starter area, and Ered Luin. Then make sure you clean out your inventory by mailing the useful stuff to your other characters, delete the throwaway character and start him/her over again and repeat the deeds in those three regions.
As a free player these are the things to grind LOTRO points for if yiou can't afford VIP for a month:
After those are bought then save for whatever floats your boat.
Storage is the most important thing you can have. You are limited to how many storage slots you can get by paying with in-game gold. I highly recommend maxing out your vault as soon as you can.
I'll give you the money you need to maximaze your valut.
LOTRO points are annoying to grind, so I don't waste them on vault, shared storage, or house chests. I did end up buying all of the bag slots, which is very nice. I also bought quite a bit of shared storage.
But priorities for storage are vault first, shared storage second, and then bag slots.
Festivals occur throughout the year. For a list of when each festival or event begins/ends please see the Current Events Schedule for 2019.