To visit a Region other than the Shire, the player will need to build the Council of Elrond, which will allow players to travel to every other Region. This is not necessary for the Shire, however, which in all other regions (except for Lothlorien) can be visited without this cost.
Once built, the player can visit every other Region. The journey to each is available to the player at any time, regardless of time in Middle-earth. You must choose which Region you wish to visit once you enter the Line of the Travel, and the game does not wait for you to actually arrive at your destination (you can travel anywhere at any time).
The Shire can be visited anytime, without Council, and is also not affected by time. This means that the player can travel to Rivendell, Lothlorien, Mirkwood, and so on, anytime. This does not, however, mean that the player will be able to enter these regions.
Once in a Region, you're taken to a certain time which sees the game "freeze" at that point in time. You can see the time and date in the top right-hand corner of the screen (at the moment of writing this, it shows "3019.12.06 at 02:14 PM", with the day in the drop down list changing as the game moves forwards).
The player is "sworn to keep the peace between the Free Peoples and the corruption of Mordor. In doing so, he must harness his skills, weapons and training to defend Middle-earth from the forces of Sauron and his Orcs." Other roles include ranger, scout, beastmaster, and more. d2c66b5586