From the announcement:
Fantasy Flight Games is thrilled to announce the upcoming return of Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation, one of Reiner Knizia’s most highly regarded games! In this revised printing, players old and new will battle for control of Middle-earth in a tense, two-player game of strategic maneuvering and bluffing.
One player controls the Fellowship of the Ring, attempting to destroy the One Ring in the land of Mordor. The other wields the power of Sauron and his minions as they seek to reclaim the ring of power from Frodo and cover Middle-earth in darkness. Both players have nine characters, each with different abilities and strengths, to pit against the opposing side. At the start of the game, each player places his characters strategically on the game board. Since the characters’ identities are hidden from the view of the opposing side, each player should use this opportunity to do a little bluffing. For example, since Frodo is rather vulnerable, being a small hobbit, the Sauron player may assume Frodo would be placed closer to the Shire, where he can be protected by more robust units. Capitalizing on this potential assumption, the Fellowship player may choose to place Frodo closer to the front of his units, attempting to sneak him past Sauron’s forces unnoticed.