Istaria has not bee played at all - spent all the time in Lotro.
Task number was reset, so I could freely exchange my trophies into reputation with a men of Bree. This reputation won;t give anything serious (5% discount? Are you serious? Unless I will buy something for >1 gold coin...), but just gives satisfaction.
Got a mail inviting me to some festival. Maybe will take a look.
I also went to Barrows near Bree and did some quests there as long as finished some deeds and got so valuable Turbine points. Only now noticed some things: fought lvl.19 Rat and saw I had some kind of disease. I read the description: rat carried some disease and so I was infected for some minutes. Debuff is not good, but the conception was wonderfull (since rats does carry diseases).
Tried to fight that monster with some 3500 health, but in vain: I escaped with ~200 health, he left with some 2000. However, I really enjoyed the ranged attack: killed few mobs from safe distance and made some serious trouble for every other monster in the Middle Earth. Of course, fight with named lvl.21 undead, guarding Cariolan Treasure, was very interesting. I thought it would be challenging somehow, but I just killed it with little trouble.
Went to something called "Great Barrow"...and it is called "Instance", I had to choose between several locations I had no idea about. Yes, there are quests (both for lvl.24 while I am low 23) for this..."Instance", but I do need to grow at least to lvl.25 to be able to stay alive.
I have also tried to ask advice for a new Guild. My existing one will disband and I rarely see someone active on server. Asked on Advice chat if someone knew any guild that would be noob-friendly and active (and also able toi withstand my questions like "what is it for" or "how is it made"). Only due to Guild I can't choose any profession.
And so the day has ended. I left satisfied with my deeds, my progression. Grind existed, but it was eaisly explained by the need to collect something and I really enjoyed slaughtering evil minions. Ofr course, there are more quests of higher level that does require higgher levels and more precautions. However, I will do them, it's only a question of time.