This game is, for sure, canon to the Lord of the Rings and it's also awesome.
First of all, the player will experience the world of middle-earth by views unique, some of them shown some of them not in the 6 movies, also many references to the 4 books and the notes of mr. Tolkien. This game is a piece of art and it should be treated as much. It's price is more than reasonable for its long story and content and those who were unable to have access to the 4 books, might find this game for informative and interesting than they thought. Though the gameplay itself is not bad, I will give cons to this game because of the following 3 : 1. Very small lvl cap, in other words you cant max out your character ( dont worry you can buy respec item ;) ). 2. sudden difficulty changes, for example there is one sequence where you have to go from agile goblins and orc, to Uruk and Trolls. 3. No actual need for skills, yes you may fall in battle and yes you may get grabbed by that troll, but dont worry, only if the entire team falls before one gets up you may be able to lose, also in addition to that if you fill your pocket and sell whatever you dont want, you can get extremely good equipment, which will turn current, suppossed to be, strong enemies into childs' play.
Although this game is good and if you are a fan of Hobbit or Lord of the Rings you might find it interesting and even sometimes exciting. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!!!