While it might not have 8 movies to its name or a massive cinematic universe to behold, The Lord of the Rings remains a popular franchise for many people. The sheer quality of Peter Jackson's epic trilogy and Tolkien's novels have been so inspiring that games, books, and TV shows are still being made. There are plenty of stories left to tell in Middle-Earth, and fans of The Lord of the Rings are there for the ride.
However, it can be difficult to find what gifts to get for a The Lord of the Rings fan. Your search is now over with our definitive guide for 10 great gifts for any The Lord of the Rings fan.
10 THE GREAT TALES OF MIDDLE-EARTH
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings weren't the only books written in Middle-Earth. After those stories were finished, Tolkien spent much time drafting stories that delved into the deep history of Middle-Earth. This book collection contains iconic tales like Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien. Included in this book set is the recently released Fall of Gondolin, which goes into detail about the ancient Elven kingdom and how it was inevitably destroyed.
This set features three massive books in hardcover format, making it a great item for any fan of The Lord of the Rings or even The Hobbit.
9 THE LORD OF THE RINGS EXTENDED TRILOGY BLU-RAY
Many Lord of the Rings fans will tell you that the only version of the films to watch are the Extended Editions. While they came in attractive cases when they were released on DVD, they come in an impressive and gorgeous box set in Blu-Ray format.
It's possible that a fan has yet to make the upgrade to Blu-Ray, and if that's the case, then this set is a must-buy for them. It contains all six discs for the entire trilogy, but the movie is upscaled to HD, making each location and scene stand out more than it ever did on DVD.
8 BALROG FUNKO POP!
Funko recently added The Lord of the Rings to their Funko Pop! figure line. While famous characters like Frodo, Gandalf, and Aragorn all have their own figures, some of the more impressive creatures from the trilogy have received figures as well, including the Balrog of Morgoth from The Fellowship of the Ring.
As is the case with many bigger characters, the Balrog Funko Pop! is larger than the average Funko Pop!, but it's still relatively inexpensive when compared to some of the harder to find figures. It has great detail and even comes with the iconic flaming whip as seen in the film.
7 MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR DEFINITIVE EDITION
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War had some loot box-related problems when it first released, but those issues have since been ironed out, making for an overall better experience more in line with the well-received Shadow of Mordor. Keep in mind that Shadow of War pays little attention to The Lord of the Rings continuity, but that doesn't mean it's not a fun experience.
It is an intense, open-world experience with top-notch action set in Middle-Earth. Fans who understand that they're not playing it for the movie connections will have a great time with this game. The definitive edition also includes all DLC.
6 THE WITCH-KING FIGURE
The Witch-King is the leader of the nine Nazgul and Sauron's deadliest servant. Bearing his war helmet during the Battle of Minas Tirith in The Return of the King, he struck fear into the hearts of the Gondorians. He was responsible for the death of King Theoden and, in the movies, the destruction of Gandalf's staff.
What better way to honor the greatest of the Nazgul than with this detailed and gorgeous figure? The details are so impressive that portions of his cloak are torn, just like in the film. The figure also comes with the character's sword and mace.
5 THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY SOUNDTRACK
People who appreciate music in movies will likely cite to The Lord of the Rings as having one of the best soundtracks ever put on film. With talented composer Howard Shore leading the charge, all the music was original for each movie in the trilogy. Needless to say, numerous iconic themes were created, such as "Knife in the Dark," "Concerning Hobbits," and "Into the West."
With so many gorgeous musical pieces in the film, a great gift for a fan would be to have the entire soundtrack. This particular collection is in vinyl format and includes all the music, making it the ultimate music set for fans.
4 JOURNEY TO MORDOR
With The Lord of the Rings featuring the expansive and well-realized world of Middle-Earth, it was the perfect setting when developing board games. The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor is a game all about the Hobbits from their journey to Mordor starting from the Shire.
Players will take control of one of the four Hobbits and travel across Middle-Earth, taking on orcs and getting help from the Fellowship of the Ring. The game is all about getting good dice rolls and pressing your luck. The first one to Mount Doom is the winner. Just watch out for the Nazgul.
3 WAR OF THE RING
The War of the Ring refers to the entire war that took place during The Lord of the Rings while Frodo and Sam were carrying the One Ring to Mount Doom. Years after the film trilogy was released, there was a board game developed titled War of the Ring that tried to recreate the brutal battles that took place in Middle-Earth.
Needless to say, War of the Ring is a complex yet relatively inexpensive board game that has players warring to either save Middle-Earth or conquer it. The game is simple and fun enough to keep people playing over and over again.
2 EYE OF SAURON SNOW GLOBE
As contradictory as it seems to have snow falling around the Eye of Sauron, this collectible Eye of Sauron snow globe makes a great addition to any The Lord of the Rings collection. As a matter of fact, the "snow" that falls around is changed to colors of red and black, simulating the smoke and ashes that constantly hovered over Mordor.
The globe itself is situated on an attractive stand that features rock from the land of Mordor and a band modeled after the One Ring, complete with the black speech of Mordor written over it. It's nice, attractive, and fun to look at.
1 THE RETURN OF THE KING DECK-BUILDING GAME
The Return of the King Deck-Building Game is all about simulating the journey of all the heroes in The Return of the King through playing cards. Players will choose one of the great heroes from the film and control them as they go through all the major events from the film.
Along the way, they'll collect cards to upgrade their characters and fight all sorts of frightening monsters at each point. The game comes with over 200 cards featuring shots ripped out of the film as well as a small game board that depicts the final journey of the One Ring.
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