THE LORD OF THE RINGS TAROT REVIEW
The Lord of the Rings Tarot is one of the best decks for Middle-Earth lovers. This deck could be considered the perfect starter deck. This deck gives great readings even for more advanced users.
All players begin as Free People of Middle-earth and embark on a journey towards Mount Doom in the hope of destroying The One Ring. The Journey is represented as the placing of cards from your hands onto the Journey Pile (discard pile). As soon as one player runs out of cards, the group of players will reach Mount Doom. Players will be influenced along the way by forces from Middle-earth and some players may be pulled in by the Dark Forces to help Sauron take control of the Ring. This can be achieved by playing Dark Forces Cards and earning Dark Points.
Victory points are earned by players on their journey. These Victory Points represent bravery and dedication to either Gandalf, or Sauron. The player with the most Victory points is declared the winner at the end of each round. A game consists of three rounds. Each round represents one of the three books from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TAROT DETAILS
This deck is great for those who are new to Tarot, but have some knowledge of Tolkiens. The Middle-Earth mythos is the inspiration for all the cards. Death shows Gandalf facing the Ballrog. Lord of the Rings fans know what this means. Gandalf will lose his life to ensure the fellowship continues on its path. Gandalf will also be reborn the White wizard, having achieved a new level in both his spiritual and personal development. The story is immediately understood by all who are familiar with it. This card contains all the content of the story without the need to go through any booklets or dig into the vast Tarot library online.
Each card, even the minor Arcana, is illustrated and linked to Middle-Earth in this manner. Each card has a little text explaining the meaning of the card and linking to the story. All cards and their meanings are easily accessible to Tolkien lovers, as well as non-Tolkien readers. The cards are medium in size and good quality. The cards’ backs show the title of the deck in both directions, making it easy to distinguish top and bottom. The cards can be used in any kind of game. There are two sets, one with just the deck and a booklet. A set that includes a complete book and spread poster is available. The book is black and white and includes images of all cards. The cards are very colorful and bright, but the backgrounds on the images can make them look a little dark. The imagery has included astrological symbols and concepts as well as other Hermetic symbols. Traditional Tarot imagery has been used on several occasions to show Middle-Earth content. However, the meaning of the cards is maintained using the stories and concepts in the book.
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