The best games set in the J.R.R. Tolkien "Middle Earth" world 2021

Looking for a really good game set in the Middle-earth world of J.R.R. Tolkien? Then we have just the thing: The list with the best Middle-earth games.

Who was J.R.R. Tolkien?

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 - September 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist and academic, best known as the author of the fantasy works The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful books of the 20th century and is considered a foundational work of modern fantasy literature.

Professor of English at Oxford

From 1925 to 1945, he was professor of English at Pembroke College, Oxford - and from 1945 to 1959 at Merton College, Oxford. Tolkien was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on March 28, 1972, for his works.

Hobby becomes profession - from storyteller to author

When his children were old enough in the early 1920s, Tolkien began telling them imaginative stories on a regular basis. The disappearance of a toy dog belonging to his second son Michael, for example, led to the story "Roverandom." Then in 1930, he began writing the children's story "The Hobbit." Through connections with a publisher through one of his former students, the book "The Hobbit" was then published in 1937.

Work on Lord of the Rings interrupted by World War 2

The direct follow-up project was "The Lord of the Rings," but due to other tasks, World War II, and several publishing disputes, completion dragged on until 1954. Due to paper prices skyrocketing as a result of the World War, the book was published in 3 volumes. Tolkien always rejected the term "trilogy" - actually the book had 6 parts. An unauthorized pirated printing in the USA then finally triggered the wave of success of the fantasy world Middle-earth.

Middle Earth... what is that?

Middle Earth is the fictional setting of much of J. R. R. Tolkien's works. The term corresponds to Miðgarðr of Norse mythology and describes the world inhabited by man. This is the central continent of the Earth in Tolkien's invented mythological past. Tolkien's most widely read works, "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," are set entirely in Middle Earth. "Middle-earth" has come to be used as an umbrella term for Tolkien's legendary works and his fictional view of the world.

Where is Middle Earth located?

Middle Earth is the main continent of Tolkien's Earth "Arda" in an imaginary period of Earth's past with the end of the Third Age about 6,000 years ago. Tolkien's stories about Middle-earth focus mainly on the northwest of the continent. This part of Middle-earth suggests Europe, the northwest of the Old World, with the environs of the Shire being reminiscent of England (more specifically, the West Midlands, with Hobbiton being on the same latitude as Oxford).

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List of the best board games from the Tolkien world of Middle-earth that you can buy 2021

This list was last updated on February 24, 2021. We compared 74 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    💸 Too expensive!79€ atAmazon.de
  2. Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

    All details for the board game Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  3. Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation

    All details for the board game Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  4. War of the Ring: Second Edition

    All details for the board game War of the Ring: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime150 - 180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for War of the Ring: Second Edition

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "War of the Ring: Second Edition" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "War of the Ring: Second Edition" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "War of the Ring: Second Edition" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Two-Player Limited Edition Starter

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Two-Player Limited Edition Starter and similar games
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Two-Player Limited Edition Starter

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Two-Player Limited Edition Starter" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!35€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  7. Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn

    All details for the board game Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 - 60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  8. The Battle of Five Armies

    All details for the board game The Battle of Five Armies and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime90 - 240 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Deck-Building Game

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Deck-Building Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  11. The Lord of the Rings

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 2001

    More details for The Lord of the Rings
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for The Lord of the Rings

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  12. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Deck-Building Game

    All details for the board game The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Deck-Building Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Deck-Building Game

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Deck-Building Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  14. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    All details for the board game The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  15. Middle-Earth Quest

    All details for the board game Middle-Earth Quest and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  16. The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  17. Lord of the Rings

    All details for the board game Lord of the Rings and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    More details for Lord of the Rings
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Lord of the Rings

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lord of the Rings" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lord of the Rings" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lord of the Rings" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  18. The Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  19. Der Hobbit: Smaugs Einöde

    All details for the board game Der Hobbit: Smaugs Einöde and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!100€ atAmazon.de
  20. The Lord of the Rings Labyrinth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings Labyrinth and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for The Lord of the Rings Labyrinth

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings Labyrinth" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings Labyrinth" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  21. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    All details for the board game The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. Hunt for the Ring

    All details for the board game Hunt for the Ring and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Hunt for the Ring

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Hunt for the Ring" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Hunt for the Ring" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  23. The Hobbit

    All details for the board game The Hobbit and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!69€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Hobbit

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Hobbit" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Hobbit" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. The Hobbit: Enchanted Gold

    All details for the board game The Hobbit: Enchanted Gold and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!10€ atAmazon.de
  25. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  26. Lord of the Rings: The Duel

    All details for the board game Lord of the Rings: The Duel and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Lord of the Rings: The Duel

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lord of the Rings: The Duel" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  27. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game

    All details for the board game The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game and similar games
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  28. Middle-earth

    All details for the board game Middle-earth and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Middle-earth
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  29. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Das Kartenspiel

    All details for the board game The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Das Kartenspiel and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  30. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party

    All details for the board game The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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