The Hobbit Board Game By Milton Bradley - Box art

Check Out 1978’s The Hobbit Board Game By Milton Bradley!

My love of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga is all thanks to the 1977’s animated adaptation of The Hobbit by Rankin and Bass. I have written about my absolute love of this TV special on the site once or twice before. However I was not aware that in 1978 there was The Hobbit board game by Milton Bradley. Furthermore this isn’t based on the 1977 TV movie…but acts as a prequel to Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 animated The Lord of the Rings!

[Via] Night of the Trailers

While I was able to find a copy of The Hobbit board game by Milton Bradley on ebay, the truth is it goes for big bucks. The one I stumbled on was going for an asking price of over $200. Unless I’m able to uncover a Troll hoard or some such I will just have to be content with looking at these images from the game.
The Hobbit board game by Milton Bradley - 1978

As you can easily tell from the image above, this is in fact a 3D board game. Considering the popularity of Milton Bradley’s Which Witch from the early ’70s, it is certainly no wonder why they decided to go with a 3D approach for this Hobbit based game.

[Via] Ryan Taylor

The thing you should keep in mind is that the 1978 film by Ralph Bakshi covers only The Fellowship of the Ring as well as some of The Two Towers. There is indeed a bit of a flashback to Bilbo finding the One Ring and his encounter with Gollum though. But the 1977 animated TV special was already in development by the time Bakshi began his animated theatrical feature film.

The Hobbit board game by Milton Bradley - Board Game Geek
Image courtesy of Board Game Geek.

The Hobbit board game by Milton Bradley is like getting a quick glimpse at what could have been, an alternate reality where it was Ralph Bakshi and not Rankin and Bass that animated the adventures of Bilbo Baggins!
The Hobbit board game by Milton Bradley - Elves - Goblin

I couldn’t help but notice an interesting omission from this board game, friends. You have the Great spiders of Mirkwood, Trolls, Elves, the Eagles, Bard of Laketown, Goblins, and Gollum. But by the glorious forges of the Lonely Mountain…where are the Dwarves?!

[Via] Rocdrias

As for the purpose of the game, you must be the first player to safely reach the end of the path by exact count and claim the One Ring!

No doubt the artist and designers for The Hobbit board game by Milton Bradley were elf-friend, right?

I’m not saying I do not want to add this awesome looking board game to my collection because of the lack of Dwarves. What I am telling you is that if I do pick it up, I will be sure to play this video featuring “Misty Mountains Cold” from the 1977 animated TV special!

[Via] Glenn Returns


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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