Lord of the Rings (Stern, 2003)

Lord of the Rings

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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Lord of the Rings ".
The other version is: Lord of the Rings Limited Edition


Stern Pinball, Inc.

November 13th, 2003

5100 units

Lord of the Rings on the IPSND.

Main details

4 player game

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Popularity and ranking

This machine has been rated by 1066 users and currently ranks #6 in the Top 100

Playfield details


Noteworthy features

  • Mini playfield - Representing the Paths Of The dead with 4 switches in 2 interchangable lanes. Switch values change between 100, 250 and 500 souls every time this area is accessed.
  • Big ring - The One Ring with a powerful magnet to hold the ball and the 'Mode Start' shot of the game.
  • Sword ramp - Narsil, the sword of the king, beautifully shaped ramp which locks the balls for the 'Two Towers Multiball', this ramp also has a smart sensor which will release the front ball when it registers another coming down.
  • Balrog Toy - A large plastic Balrog that pivots over the centre ramp obscuring the Ring shot during the 'Fellowship Of The Ring Multiball' and 'Bash Balrog' modes. This toy lights up and sits on a pivot switch which causes an animation and a roar when hit squarely.
  • Optional Shaker Kit available.
  • Game Rom Revision 4.0 onward has the setting for 'Cave Troll' Mode, this gives a different animation for the Fellowship multiball and adds an extra sequence of shots before awakening the Balrog.
  • Latest Game and Display ROM revision is 10.0
  • A metal plate has been bent over the sword lock in later models to stop the ball from jumping off the ramp.
  • Path Of The Dead plastics have been altered from the initial run from a dark brown with translucent images of the dead to a green hazy plastic with blurred images of the souls.
  • Early production runs have a "Gandalf the Grey" figure standing on the right hand side of the ring ramp, instead of a Gandalf on Shadowfax.
  • There are 6 multiball modes in total.


  • The Lord of the Rings initially started without a Balrog toy. George Gomez had the idea of having a cave wall toy swing open, and move to the side upon ball hits. The cave wall would reveal a cave troll inside, to which players would bash for points. The idea was scrapped.
  • 500 LE versions were made also.

Backbox ornament(s)

The game can be fitted with a TOPS tournament system from Stern. www.Pinballlife.com created a limited run of toppers for this machine.

Video mode

No Video mode

Latest software version

V10.00 - October 28, 2005

Click here to view the changelog.

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