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Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings Chess Set Wenge

Lord of the Rings Chess Set Wenge

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The Lord of the Rings Chess set

The Fellowship of the Ring

The characters depicted in the Lord of the Rings chess sets are based on "The Fellowship of the Ring", the second of three films based on JRR Tolkien's masterpiece trilogy. The white pieces depict the characters of Gandalf the Grey, Gimli, Frodo, Samwise. Aragon and Hobbits. The black Lord of the Rings chess pieces depict the dark and evil characters of Saruman, Ringwraithes, Lurtz plus an assortment of orcs.

The Englishman, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a professor of Anglo Saxon literature at Pembroke College, Oxford from 1925-1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature from 1945-1951. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in March 1972. Tolkien was sixth in The Times list of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. Being a devout Roman Catholic he strongly influenced C S Lewis, author of the Narnia stories, who became an advocate of Christian apologetics. Tolkien and Lewis were both members of the famous "Inklings" literary group which met regularly to share and critique each other's work at the Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford.

The origin of the Lord of the Rings

The origin of the story, which inspired the Lord of the Rings chess sets, was written in three parts as a sequel to Tolkien's earlier novel, "The Hobbit". It developed into a complex saga, much of it written during World War 2 between 1937 and 1949. Since publication over 150 million copies have been sold, making it the third best selling novel of all time. The fourth best seller is Tolkien's "The Hobbit".

After the publication of "The Hobbit", Tolkien's publishers requested a sequel. Tolkien offered various stories he had already drafted, but the publishers, Allen and Unwin, were more interested in continuing tales of the hobbits. So he began writing a new hobbit story in 1937. After several false starts, and 'shelving' periods, the book was finally completed in 1949 and "The Lord of the Rings" was published.

The Story

The story that inspired the Lord of the Rings chess pieces opens in The Shire – a land similar to rural England. Frodo Baggins inherits the mysterious ring from his cousin, Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo's connection to the Ring is recounted in "The Hobbit". The one ring was originally forged thousands of years before by Sauron to exercise dominance over other rings of power, and to corrupt all who would wear the rings. The ring is taken from Sauron by Isildur who is then killed by orcs. The ring is lost in the River Anduin, where it lies for two thousand years until discovered by a river dwelling hobbit, Deagol. Thus the stage is set for a meandering tale of danger, valour, and eventual good over evil.

The Lord of the Rings Chess Collection

The Studio Anne Carlton (SAC) has created an exciting range of chess sets enabling you to play out this battle, but as with any novelty or themed chess set, you need to be prepared for a different ending to the story! A completely different story too could possibly unfold as depending on the skill of the players, you might have to witness the total slaughter and eventual triumph of the evil orcs over the hobbits and their leaders. Not to worry. A stunning Lord of the Rings Chess Set will be a pleasure to own, and huge fun to play a game of chess.

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