The good news? Free-top-play MMO Lord of the Rings Online expands next fall with the Rise of Isengard expansion pack. The bad news? Guess where the traitorous wizard Saruman is hanging out lately.

The epic tale continues in the fall of 2011, when Turbine finally makes it to Isengard in it's epic massively-multiplayer online Hobbit festival. The forces of Saruman are marshaling, and the rangers are going to need all the help they can get in order to take on dangerous new enemies. Raising the level cap to level 70 should do the trick nicely.

Along with the new lands and level cap increase, the Rise of Isengard expansion will also teak the game's unique Monster Play feature, opening it up to all players regardless of race, class, or whether or not they pay to play.

Man, and here I thought I'd never get another excuse to post this video.