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Lord of the Rings (Boardgame)

German Version by Kosmos ("Der Herr der Ringe"), US version by Fantasy Flight Games/Hasbro, 2000

Designed by Reiner Knizia, Art work by John Howe

Ages 12+, 2-5 players

There are several versions of this game along with, so far (2003), two expansion packs - "Friend and Foe", and "Sauron", and a set of Promotion cards that augment the two expansion packs.  There is also a Limited Edition for this game.  A total of 750 are available; 250 for the US, 250 for the UK, and of course, 250 for Germany.  The Limited Edition is the same game but comes with some special pieces.  The game is also signed by Reiner Knizia the designer, and John Howe, the artist and also comes with a signed lithograph by John Howe.

US Limited Edition Version of the game


US version of the box




Game Pieces


One side of two of the boards


The flip side of the two boards


More of a review of the game to come.

Game consists of:

  • Master gameboard
  • 2 double-sided Scenario boards
  • 60 Hobbit cards
  • 5 Character cards
  • 5 Gandalf cards
  • 35 Feature cards
  • 23 cardboard tiles
  • 11 cardboard tokens
  • 32 cardboard shields
  • 1 special die
  • 1 Ring
  • 1 Sauron figure
  • 5 Hobbit figures
  • 6 markers
  • Hall of Fame record sheet
  • game rules