Then I start to read the article and quickly realize that bonehead is talking about a cheap Warhammer mass tabletop battles knock-off at not the legendary board game by the now defunct company SPI by the almost same title ("ring" v. "rings.")
THIS is War of the Ring-
This was an incredible board game from the 70s that included thousands of tokens for units and armies. You could play as Saruman, Sauron or the Fellowship. As great as the main game was it had a mini-game that involved the siege of Minis Tirith that I absolutely loved.
I've been searching for this game for years but every used copy on eBay goes for over $100 bucks, an amount I can't justify. So my hopes were briefly up that they finally reprinted the thing, only to be dashed by those AICN jerks yet again.
Curse you AICN, curse you!