Conditions, I'm thinking are basically equal. Working but routed-quality, semi-worn playfields, plenty of back box hacks in both but all salvageable for the right price. I've played a collector-quality SS and liked it but I could see where it might get redundant over time. I've briefly played a beat-up LOTR and I see where a good one could be awesome.
I would probably do a moderate restore, correct the hacks, play for a couple years and then sell or trade later.
(Not looking to flip for profit.)