The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth – Release Info, Spoilers, And Key Dates

For the next set in its Universes Beyond series, Magic: The Gathering melds with the epic world of The Lord of the Rings. I would say that this is the game’s most significant collaboration to date and will bring countless new eyes to MTG. That said, sets like this always raise a number of questions – Today we answer those questions.

Everything from what formats the set will be legal in, which products will be available, what cards, mechanics, and characters are we likely to see printed, and more we will be covered. So, if you’ve got questions, I’ve got your back. Without further ado, let’s get started.

One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

The Lord of the Rings

Key Dates

As of now, we don’t have an exact date. However, we do know that the set will release in Q3 (midyear) of 2023. If I had to guess, I would say a July release would be practical.

Related: MTG 2023 Release Schedule


What we know for sure about the storyline is what you might expect from an MTG/LOTR set. It’s based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels – The storyline revolves around Sauron, The Rings of Power, and the Hobbits’ quest to destroy The One Ring.

If you’re familiar with The Lord of the Rings, you probably followed all that pretty well. If you’re unfamiliar with the series somehow, here’s a synopsis:

An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist of fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it.

The Lord of the Rings –

New Card Treatments And The Bigger Picture

The set will introduce a few new card treatments such as borderless, textless, art cards that when placed in order fit together like a puzzle. Once completed, they create iconic scenes from the books. The one below depicts the Battle of the Pelennor Fields which took place outside of Minas Tirith. This particular one is formed from 18 separate cards.

Battle of the Pelennor Fields

We’ll update this post as more of the images from the art cards become available.

Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Spoilers

aragorn and arwen
tom bombadil
frodo saurons bane
gollum patient plotter
samwise the stouthearted
you cannot pass
gandalf the grey
sauron the lidless eye
mount doom
the shire
the one ring

LOTR: Commander Spoilers

the great henge
trailblazers boots

Format Legality

Being a Universes Beyond set means that it will not be legal in Standard. However, it will be legal in Historic, Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Commander. It is also Draftable.

Available Products

There isn’t a lot of information on this particular subject yet. However, I do know one thing for sure – The set will have Draft Boosters and is designed to be Drafted. I would imagine that there will be Collector Boosters as well, but this isn’t certain. Here’s a list of what we know for sure.

  • Draft Boosters
  • A Secret Lair Drop
  • Four Commander Precons

Commander Precons

I’m beyond stoked that we get Commander Precons for this crossover. That said, a few of us here at Bluemonkey have been taking some guesses as to what these might be.

AragornBlue, White, RedRallying the human armyHuman Tribal
Frodo/ Samwise Partner CommandersGreen, WhiteThe FellowshipHobbit Tribal, Tokens, Party
SauronBlack, RedSauron’s ArmyOrc Tribal, Aristocrats, Artifacts
Gollum/SméagolRed, Green or Red, WhiteCorruption by the RingEquipment

End Step

I’m a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkein and I can’t wait to start seeing some Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Spoilers. Be sure to check back when more information is available to get your LOTR and MTG fix. Until then, dust off your copies of these classic books and reread them in preparation for this release.

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Geno Doak

I started playing Magic in 2015. I love all formats but I particularly love to play and build decks in modern. Pretty much every part of my life has been influenced by Magic in some way or another. It is something I am very passionate about. RIP Simian Spirit Guide.