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THERE AND BACK AGAIN – THE EVOLUTION OF LORD OF THE RINGS TO D&D AND BACK

by Garry Gordon on West Palm Beach DVD Examiner

J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, invented the realm in which all modern fantasy fiction is based on or in opposition to. This article tastes a few random samplings of products, that tried to capture the sense of adventure.

Chainmail (1971) / Dungeons & Dragons (1974): Chainmail was a medieval miniatures game. In Dungeons & Dragons you create a character in a living fantasy world through adventures.

The Hobbit (1977): The first successful adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic book to any screen.

The Legend of Zelda (1987): Fantasy on a global scale shared between young and old alike.

Magic – The Gathering: 1993 to present.  This is a collectible card game that tries to capture the spirit of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’.

Dungeons & Dragons – The Movie (2000): Somewhat faithful but poorly done with actors who could not pull off the period.

Lord of the Rings Online / D&D Online: Both games approach the massively online market in a different way.  Lord of the Rings is more about an adventure with an overarching storyline matching the books, is more focused on statistics and chracters fulfilling very specific party roles true to the pencil and paper Dungeons and Dragons of old.

The Hobbit (2011 & 2012): To be directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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This is a pretty nice list! I love Tolkien and his amazing world and I collected Magic trading cards as I played LOTR online once. Do you know any of this games and shows? Are you playing RPG?