War of the Ring

Lords of Middle-Earth


You command one of the armies confronting each other in this epic struggle: Free People against the Dark Hosts of the Shadows. In this game with highly complex rules you can win with military achievements or with Ring-related events: The Ring is destroyed or Sauron corrupts the Ring Bearer. The expansion deals with alternate scenarios to Lord of the Rings and introduces Elrond, Galadriel and Gandalf the Grey as well as figurines and rules for Sméagol and Balrog. There are special action dice for both sides and figurines for Aragorn and Gandalf the White, those without new rules, and Fellow cards for Elrond, Galadriel and Sméagol as well as seven Alternate Fellow cards for Boromir, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Meriadoc, Peregrin and Strider (Aragorn).

New terms are "unconquered" for settlements held by the same player as at the start of the game, and "non-flying minions" with special movement rules. The special dice for the Ring Keepers and two Lesser Minions work like the action dice from the core game; they are rolled together with those dice. If you roll more than one special Keeper die you must choose one before you start "action resolution"; an Eye must be chosen. Possibilities offered by the special Keeper dice are: Draw a card, Use Balrog and Remove, that is, take the die out of play under certain conditions. "The Council of Rivendell" is a scenario in which some members of the Fellowship of the Ring do not set out from Rivendell.

Lords of Middle-Earth offers a real challenge to fans of Middle-earth, with fantastic drawings and components and intense flow of play, providing an attractive simulation.


Players: 2-4

Age: 14+

Time: 120+

Designer: Roberto di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello

Artist: John Howe, Fabio Maiorana

Price: ca. 30 Euro

Publisher: Ares Games 2012


Genre: Strategy game based on book and film

Users: For experts

Special: 2 players

Version: en

Rules: en

In-game text: yes



Need War of the Rings to play

Fantastic components and design

Interesting variants of the story

Needs time and work with the rules


Compares to:

War of the Rings


Other editions:

Der Ringkrieg Die Herren von Mittelerde, Heidelberger Spieleverlag


Chance (pink): 2

Tactic (turquoise): 2

Strategy (blue): 3

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 2

Interaction (brown): 3

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0