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Lord of the Rings Oracle Gift Set Hardcover – December 31, 2001
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1. The One Ring as divination device. Um...the symbol of ultimate evil used as a casting stone/pendulum? Is that a good idea? Not to mention that this version of the One Ring is a small doughnut covered in what appear to be Dwarven runes.
2. The cards. The subject choices are at best arguable - Beorn the Bearman gets a card of his own, but archetypal quest hero Frodo doesn't? Art ranges from rushed, to ugly to really, really silly (often all three). The Palantiri, for example, are depicted as a pile of squishy eyeballs with gumball-colored irises.
3. The map, which we're meant to use as a mat for card layouts and Ring casting. The mapmaker is under the misapprehension that the Bridge at Khazad-Dum is an actual river-crossing bridge, that Rivendell is between Caradras (North) and the Mines of Moria (South), and that Lothlorien is next-door neighbor to Mordor.
The only person I can imagine getting any real benefit from the box, map, cards, and ring would be a collagista or altered-book artist, who will find some interesting (if pricey) fodder for cutting and pasting. Tolkien fans will be frustrated if not outright angered, while diviners and Tarot collectors will probably giggle and look for someone else to whom the set might be given away without guilt.
I attempted an Elven Spread (as described on pages 62-63) with the card deck and the card meanings given in the instruction book. It made no sense at all.