I know...I know, but how can I resist? Look what I just found today, I mean, c'mon...this would look great in any respectable hobbit home on a nice little table in front of a fireplace, spending cold winter nights playing epic chess battle in Middle-earth.
This gorgeous, high-end Lord of the Rings chess set from the Noble Collection is a work of art detailing the story of Frodo and the friends and enemies he encounters on his journey to destroy the One Ring. A map of Middle-earth is mounted below the playing surface, and the base contains images of the most memorable characters and scenes from the film. The 32 playing pieces are detailed miniature sculptures of the characters from the film, made in fine pewter. Each piece measures between 2 - 3 inches in height and bears an incredible likeness to the actor as it was personally approved by each of them. Some of the pieces included are: Arwen, Aragorn, Gandalf, Galadriel, Boromir, Pippin, Frodo, Sam, Merry, four different Orcs, Orthanc Tower, Cave Troll, Ringwraith, Saruman, Lurtz, and Uruk-Hai. The board measures 15 by 15 by 4.5 inches. The top of the board is plexi-glass and the rest of the board is made out of cold cast porcelain. Hero pieces have a green ring around the bottom and villain pieces have a purple ring around the bottom. A heavyweight item, this is a chess set that will be treasured for generations.
This fantastic Lord of the Rings collector item (and many more) can be purchased online from the Official Store of Warner Bros. Studios, can't afford one but it would be one of the first things I buy if I find that treasure Mr. Bilbo is said to have hidden somewhere in the Shire :)