Quoted from gordonshumway:
WildBill: Where is there a "written" description on how to accomplish those "early" stages? The manual really doesn't speak to that?
I am typing from memory, not at the game now, so please forgive any mistakes. If you look onto the screen, you can see 5 "Stones" on the cross sections of the screens. When they are all gold, a mini wizard is qualified and can be started. To get a stone you have to:
top left: Start Smaug multiball (4 lock targets, right ramp, repeat 3 times)
top middle: qualify man, elf, dwarf
top right: advance to erebor (shoot spinner)
bottom left: defeat all the beasts (shoot popups)
bottom right: shoot all dwarf targets
That all you can do three times to get to all the mini wizards.
By the way a neat thing to know: when lock is qualified on the right ramp (insert on ramp is green) you can cancel that lock and make the ramp a mode start by pressing the ring button. The insert will turn red. That way you can choose when to start multiball (risk/reward). Also when shooting the right ramp, you can "choose" the mode that is highlighted on the screen by quickly pressing the flipper buttons as long as the ball travels back to the right flipper.
This all is only one goal of the game, starting all the modes are a second, finishing all the modes a third, Kill smaug a fourth etc.
It is something special this game. Most beautiful, best theme integrated, best music and perfectly coded if you take the effort to get to know it.
If you rather want: been there, done that than please buy the latest Stern. You will not be let down