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J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) ranks as the third best selling novel of all time. Written as a trilogy between 1937 and 1949, it was a follow-up to the Oxford professor’s popular children’s fantasy novel, “The Hobbit.” The story follows the adventures of a hobbit named Frodo as he journeys through Middle Earth with eight companions to the fires of Mount Doom on a quest to destroy the One Ring and defeat the dark lord Sauron forever.

An animated film version of “Lord of the Rings” was produced in 1978. Decades later, New Line Cinema released the first full-length motion picture based on the trilogy’s first book, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” starring Elijah Wood as Frodo in 2001. It was followed in 2002 by the sequel “The Two Towers” and a year later by the concluding installment, “The Return of the King.” In total, the three movies have earned some $2.9 billion in box office receipts, as this became only the second cinematic production (after Titanic) to gross over $1 billion worldwide.

Success such as that does not go unnoticed, of course, and in 2010, software developer Microgaming obtained from Warner Brothers the rights to create an online slot game based upon the Middle Earth saga. The new five-reel game took its theme directly from the first movie episode of LOTR, “The Fellowship of the Rings,” and features the real life actors in their film roles.

The symbols on the reels will be very familiar to fans of the film version. Frodo (Wood) is the lead symbol with the highest line payout of 400X for five matches on an active payline. The other characters who appear as symbols on the reels are Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Bilbo (Ian Holm), Arwen (Liv Tyler), Lady Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), plus a group of scared-looking hobbits including Samwise (Sean Astin) and Pippin (Billy Boyd).

Apart from the fun of seeing so many stars on the reels, the LOTR slots have quite a few other novelties that are certain to please. One is the moving background scene behind the reels, taken straight from the film and representing the journey of Frodo’s crew. Another is the number of paylines available—a whopping 243 of them. Fortunately, the credit denominations range only from €0.01 to €0.05, so it does not have to cost a small fortune to gain the greatest opportunity to win on each spin.

Other symbols appearing on the reels are the traditional cards, Tens through Aces, requiring three or more matches to claim payouts of 2X to 60X. The Scattered Ring symbol pays 1X, 2X, 10X or 100X when 2, 3, 4 or 5 come up on the reels. Three or more Rings activate 15 Free Spins, during which one full reel is randomly set as a frozen wild for all spins. The payout table indicates the possibility of winning a massive 1,900,000 coins as the top prize possible.

The Lord of the Rings Logo, which is stacked during regular and free spin play, acts wild, substituting for all symbols except the Ring scatter and the “Eye of Sauron” symbol. The latter appears on the third reel and can expand to make the entire reel wild, but it only shows up in the regular game, not the free spins mode, and is will not serve as a wild for the Lord of the Rings Logo.

One can only wish that the theme had been carried a bit further through the inclusion of a Bonus round with interactive features, but as it stands there is plenty of action and animation to grab and hold player’s attention. The Autoplay feature allows repeat betting so that it is possible to sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing sound and graphics en route to a potentially huge win.

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