Tolkien’s War of The Ring

There has been a number of titles around the War of the Ring, this major conflict of Tolkien’s Middle Earth Third Age. But the early job done by SPI in the 1970’s is certainly standing out:


War of The Ring – SPI – 1977, which is actually the first opus of a trilogy with the other titles below, Gondor and Sauron.


Gondor, Siege of Minas Tirith – SPI – 1977


Sauron, The Battle for the Ring – SPI – 1977

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More recently, Fantasy Flight Games has revamped this concept into a pretty figurines game. The War of the Ring board game is a grand strategic simulation of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. While the Fellowship of the Ring advances towards Mordor, the Dark Lord Sauron tries to find the location of the Ring-bearer, and unleashes his armies against the last strongholds of the Free Peoples. Faithful to the epic flavor of the books, characters and strongholds play a major role in the flow of the game and represent the main focus of the action. A simple and fun, dice-based, resource management mechanism is used to determine the various types of action possible for each player. Smooth, original mechanics have been devised to handle the hidden movement of the Fellowship and the Hunt for the Ring. This enormous game includes a gameboard depicting a large color map of Middle Earth; 200+ plastic figures representing the Armies and Characters of the War of the Ring, including the Nazgûl, each member of the Fellowship of the Ring, Shadow Army units, Free People Army, Leader units and Minions of the Shadow; 135 die-cut cardboard counters; 100+ cards for Events and Characters; and over 20 dice!

For a truly exhaustive list of board games set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I urge you to visit David and Mike’s collection page: http://www.freewebs.com/tolkienboardgamecollecting/

Here is the incredible Chronology they have pulled together:

1970

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  • Die grossen Abenteuer der kleinen Hobbits” – German – Queen Games (same as The Hobbit ICE version in 1997, this is the original German version that came out first)

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  • None found at this time.  If anyone has heard of one for 2008, please let me know.

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