This is perhaps the finest creation yet from master inventor Reiner Knizia augmented by breathtaking art from Tolkien artist John Howe. It's a cooperative game played on 5 different boards. Instead of trying to defeat other players, you collectively aim to beat the evil lord Sauron, who advances ever nearer each time you make an error, or the fates give him the upper hand. Difficulty level 7/10. The game has been an international best seller in 16 languages with combined sales, in all editions, of over a million copies. It won the 2000 Spiel des Jahr Special prize for a Literature based game.