Lord of the Rings Tarot Deck and Card Game                                         Review by Michele Jackson

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Let me begin by confessing that I have not read any of Tolkein's works. I tried reading The Hobbit once, but never got past the first few pages. Therefore, I am not really qualified to address how well this deck fits the theme of the book which it is based upon. I do like this deck, primarily because of its art work. The deck is a collaboration between Terry Donaldson and Peter Pracownik, the team who brought us the Dragon Tarot. Like the Dragon Tarot, this deck is rather dark, but richly detailed. If it's sweetness and light you are after, look elsewhere. This deck looks like it was set in a place called "Middle Earth." The cards measure 2 3/4" X 4 3/4", but the scenes themselves are only 1 7/8 X 3 1/8 due to the large border. The left hand side of each border is a brick wall with a wooden board bearing the name of the card. The large bottom border contains a short quotation. I do not know whether these quotations are from the book or are original to this deck. The card number is on top with either a shield representing the "Dark Forces", a disk representing the "Free Peoples", a square which is neutral, or a ring to the right. These symbols are used in playing the game.

The Major Arcana have the traditional Waite-Smith names. The Court cards are likewise, King, Queen, Knight and Page. The suits are Swords, Wands, Cups and Coins. In the case of the Majors it seems efforts were made to fit the quotes on each card to the cards traditional meaning. This is less evident in the Minors, which seem to be telling a story unrelated to the traditional meaning of the cards.

The little booklet that comes with the deck gives short upright interpretations for each card, and these interpretations are much more traditional than the quotations on the cards. There is a short section on meditating with the cards and instructions for the Celtic Cross Spread. The second half of the book is devoted to providing the rules for a game that can be played with the cards. The game looks simple enough to be easily learned. I recommend this deck for Tolkien fans, collectors and fantasy lovers.

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The Lord of the Rings Tarot Deck and Card Game
ISBN: 1-57281-017-3
Published by US Games Systems, 179 Ludlow St, Stamford CT, 06902, (800)544-2637, Fax (203) 353-8431


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