Okay, I know this is naughty because when you shine a light at something good you run the risk of a lawyer somewhere yelling "rights!".
that's why I down loaded an archived all the ICE stuff on Scribd when I came across it
MERP is a great system and being set in one of the best established setting (arguably THE fantasy setting from which all others come) makes it even more of a delight. I'm always surprised it didn't survive better than it did or make a big come back when the PJ films came out ... ah well, all that could have been
~The ravings of a single mad Goblin is bad enough, but such a power-hungry, malice-filled creature as Mortis can never hope to be understood~
I'm sure I remember flipping through a hardback RPG rule book with photos from the film. It certainly wasn't MERP, and it wasn't GW's skirmish game either. It was more like something Mongoose would bring out - a Chaosm/RQ/Palladium style system? I think it had pre-gen characters in, which always reminds me of TSR's boxed Indy Jones. Playing characters from films reminds me way too much of being a kid and arguing about who gets to be Han Solo, but when you're older you want to make your own make by inventing a Jedi-stormtrooper or something - but I digress...
Further research is required.
The secret here may be down to rights: I.C.E vs. PJ's LotR's publicity photo clip art vs Tolkein estate = a one off film spin off?