Well, that suits me fine. :) I'm always happy to have company. But I didn't realize I was going to be such a trendsetter. XD
However, these are casual players, not Tolkien nerds, so I couldn't really just recommend that they sign up with the Valar Guild. Instead I started a My Little Pony-themed kinship with one of my lowbie alts. I mean, really, why not, right? ;)
Of all my characters, really Lachwen should be in the new kinship, seeing as how she's basically "Rainbow Dash as a LotRO character." But I already pulled one alt out of the Valar Guild to beef up Celestia's Finest and don't really want to do any more of that.
I have no idea how long these new players will last-- people who join on a whim often leave on a whim as well-- but I certainly hope a few folks like it and want to stay. :)