Prepare to bow to Sauron, the One Ring has been found (as a unique Magic card worth a million bucks)

Writing shines on the surface of The One Ring as it heats up
(Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Magic: The Gathering x Lord of the Rings crossover set Tales of Middle-earth contains a single copy of the One Ring card that was hidden somewhere in a collector booster pack released in an English-language country. The anticipation for this golden ticket of a card resulted in one shop offering a million dollars for it before the set was even released.

The card has now been found, and card-grading service Professional Sports Authenticator issued a certificate for it, as well as a grading of "mint 9". Given that the whole point of grading cards is comparing them to others, the idea of grading a unique card is pretty pointless. I can only assume they gave it a 9 out of 10 to leave room for possible improvement in the sequel.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the owner of the card wishes to remain anonymous, which you would really, given that even now the Eye of Sauron casts its malevolent glare over the land in search of the Ring-Bearer. Rumor has it the card is in the possession of one of the Shire-folk, last seen traveling across New Zealand in search of an active volcano, and anyone with information is urged to report to their nearest Black Rider.

For anyone who cares about Magic: The Gathering cards as a vehicle for playing a game rather than a means for accumulating value, the Tales of Middle-earth set is pretty neat. The gorgeous map-style basic lands are a reason to care about Magic's least exciting cards, and Tolkien's legendarium gives Magic a mythic resonance other crossovers haven't been able to match.

As well as being available in valuable paper versions, the Tales of Middle-earth cards have been added in digital form to Magic: The Gathering Arena, which can be found on Steam and Epic.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.