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The Lord of the Rings: Tarot Deck & Card Game: Deck & Book Set


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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 2 x 7 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: 1572810556
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,189 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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A deck and book set, based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, that unites tarot archetypes with the fantastic realm of Middle-earth. Created by tarot expert Terry Donaldson, artist Peter Pracownik, and game designer Mike Fitzgerald. Rules included for a card game in which player journey to Middle-earth to destroy the One Ring. Game is for 2-6 players, ages 10 to adult.

Customer Reviews

I love Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, Middle Earth is so cool.
R. J. The Great Santa
The Wheel of Fortune is pretty much what it sounds like: the idea that times can be good or bad, and all that goes around comes around.
elwen
That said, as a Tolkien fan I was quite happy with the art on the cards, though the pictures were a bit small.
Catherine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2002
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Wow, has this deck gotten slammed!
I am a 'new' Tolkien fan. After seeing the Lord of the Rings movie and loving it.. I decided I had to read the books. The characters / story just fascinates me. I also enjoy the Tarot quite a bit - so when I remembered that there was a Lord of the Rings Tarot - I got excited... Until I read the reviews. OUCH!
I am not in any way saying the reviews are wrong. From what I understand, there are a lot of "technical differences"... and ALOT of questioning of why certain people / things were chosen for the cards they depict. I understand and agree with most of this... which is why it took me a long time before I broke down and purchased the deck...
I realized the reason I like the deck is because I am approaching it differently. 1. I like the artwork. Some of the pictures are quite intuitive to me - irrespective of the story. 2. I find the sentences on the cards helpful in remembering some of the aspects of the card meaning. 3. I like seeing the characters I enjoy on the cards - It helps me relate better to the deck as a whole.
While I realize there is a lot wrong with this deck, personally, I find that if I approach it loosely, it can be fun and I can get a lot out of it. I find that I just enjoy using cards that remind me of a story I love - I read the cards as they make me feel when I look at them - and I don't take the rest of it too seriously.
This deck may or may not be for you. Take all of the reviews / information into consideration, look at the cards yourself, and then make your own decision.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 26, 2003
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I found the deck to be a great introduction to Tarot as a Tolkien fan, since it uses characters and scenes I am very familiar with. This way, the meaning of each card is instantly apparent, not as cryptic as other decks I have used.
As for the claims that Tolkien would not have approved "as a Christian" of the use of his works in a pagan context (Tarot), you only need to look at his works to know this is false. Tolkien's work was all about Norse mythology and fairy tales. The Silmarillion was all about a pantheon of gods very much in a pagan tradition. Not to say that Tolkien himself was Pagan, but he did very much celebrate pagan myths and legends.
The cards themselves are well done, and have a legend at the bottom to set the scene for each.
I'm very happy with the deck, and whether you buy it as a Tolkien fan as a collectible, or as a fan who's also a Tarot enthusiast, I think it's a good buy.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Graham D. Lincoln VINE VOICE on August 4, 2000
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...better art than some of the calendars I have seen, inspired by The Lord of The Rings trilogy. I got them for my Birthday! The only problem I have with the cards is, why....oh, why...do they always put the Bad Guy on The Hierophant card ! Gandalf should be The Hierophant, not Saruman! I have read the Trilogy and The Hobbit three times. I have always loved Tolkien & I collect Tarot cards. Although the cards have a dark feel about them, they are a unique collectable that I am proud to own. Goldberry as The Queen of Cups radiates beauty and shines-forth, from the card. The Death card is like an Alchemist's rendering of Gandalf's confrontation with The Balrog. I will forgive the Hierophant screw-up, because The Magician card has a great representation of Gandalf! The devil card: "Wormtongue's insidious advice poisons the mind of good King Theoden." Love The Strength card! (The White Tree).
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By elwen on March 8, 2002
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There are very few redeeming points about this deck. The only one I can think of at the moment is that the author remains faithful to the Rider-Waite interpretation of tarot cards, so those already familiar with tarot should be immediately comfortable with the card meanings.
This deck probably would better have been called the "Tolkien Tarot" or something of that sort, as the creator draws many scenes from The Hobbit as well as from The Silmarillion. In addition to tarot readings, the deck can also be used to play a sort of card game that models the Ringbearer's quest. The deck comes with a book with detailed descriptions of the Major Arcana and one-page explanations of the Minor Arcana.
The artwork in this deck didn't appeal to me, although that is a matter of taste. I found it a bit too cartoony and somewhat medieval in style, and I don't think the author paid attention to most of the phsyical descriptions in the book. Since when did Gandalf wear a steel helmet, or Galadriel wear a winged hat, or Hobbits have un-hairy feet? Aside from this, the artwork from card to card is inconsistent, ranging from completely stylized to looking like your usual fantasy scenes. As if this wasn't enough, the pictures only take up about two-thirds of the card, the rest being dominated by the label, a rather wordy description of the scene, and the alignment symbol for the game. Essentially, you have bad, inconsistent artwork that can be barely made out.
After you get past the artwork, you still aren't going to be very pleased with this deck. I will give the creator credit for one thing: he knows his tarot interpretations. What he apparently doesn't know is his Tolkien interpretations.
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