A brief guide to useful websites:
Fantasy Flight - beautiful to look at, but also has a wealth of strategy articles, plus the official FAQ, and of course the rules.
A playtester's website - ugly to look at but has some interesting stuff, especially interviews with the designers. It also has card manifests for the Free Peoples and the Shadow - useful to print out for refernce if your eyes struggle with the cards.
So you want to paint your War of the Ring set - a classic BGG article that starts with the immortal advice, "Don’t do it. Really. It isn't worth it. It is a lot of work, a whole lot of work."
An inspirational photo - again on BGG, illustrating what a superb effect can be got from a relatively quick and easy paint job.
The celebrated turn-order summary - again from BGG. To be honest I wouldn't recommend this at all. It's confusing and even a little misleading. Just read the rules.
Chris Farrell - rather damning the game with faint praise, with an interesting discussion in the comments thread.
A more positive review - from the venerable Tom Vasel.