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Lord of the Rings (LOTR) Tarot

LOTR Tarot has the following pages:-
This is a Tarot deck inspired by the Bible.
It used card of size 10 x 15 cm with a green colour backing (shown below).
It was created by Bruce Mitchell around 1988. The text descriptions of each card are adapted from then and include knowledge that I have since forgotten!
At that time, the technology I used was limited to black-and-white photocopies of books and using postcards. No internet! So picture quality is limited.
Collage was used a few times.

Artwork sources include:
a book on LOTR whose title I cannot recall, possibly by Robert Foster (from which the bulk of the deck's artwork is sourced); the cover of an old The Hobbit book; other old LOTR books; book on unicorns whose title I forget; Wizards game; Gilbert Williams, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

LOTR Tarot deck backing
LOTR Tarot deck backing
Green was chosen as the backing for the LOTR deck as the mythology is so connected with Nature - not only the flora and fauna, but also the elemental world of the elves, dwarves, hobbits and darker forces.

Spreads

Here are some LOTR-inspired ideas for Tarot reading spreads:-
  1. The Mirror of Galadriel. It shows events far away in space and time. Perhaps a mini-spread of three cards. 
  2. The Seven Palantíri. It also shows events far away in time and space, but usually close to the other palantíri. A spread of seven cards.
  3. The Rings of Power. There are a total of 20 as inscribed on the One Ring (see below). So this is a large spread of 20 cards. The Nine Men could be negative factors in the querent's life (within or without) with the One Ring being a major obstacle/negativity. The Seven Dwarf-lords could be neutral forces, unable to be bended to evil, not especially good either, thus more mundane matters. The Three Elven-kings are forces for good, perhaps corresponding to the qualities of their LOTR bearers Elrond, Galadriel and Gandalf.
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie,
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.


Also see:-

Tarot

Biblical Tarot
by Bruce Mitchell

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