I used to collect a lot of the Lord of the Rings stuff for the Peter Jackson LotR movies. I have a set of these in a tin but this set was sent to me by a friend and the tin got destroyed in shipment. So, we play 500 Rummy with these cards as a large deck.
I've been kicking the idea of using playing cards as an oracle for solo gaming and these might be decent for that.
Anyway, I was curious as to how many characters were used on the faces and how many copies of each that there was. There is an evil and good deck.
1 Troll, 8 goblins, 11 Uruk-Hai, 15 Saruman, 17 Nazgul.
2 Nazgul Wild Cards.
1 Aragorn, 1 Elrond, 1 with Four Hobbits, 2 Bilbo, 2 Frodo, 2 Samwise + Pippin, 4 Arwen, 4 Elven Boats, 4 Galadriel, 4 Rainbows with Gandalf + Frodo, 4 Statues with Stairs, 5 Eomer, 6 Gandalf, 6 Gimli, and 6 Legolas.
2 Frodo Wild Cards.
It would be easy to use the various characters as a type of theme to influence what each card number and suit represent. You could also have an evil card mean something different than a good one.
I also found Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation from Fantasy Flight Games on my shelves and it had some interesting cards in there too.
Evil: The Eye of Sauron, Magic, Palantir, Retreat, and cards numbered 1-6.
Good: Elven Cloak, Gandalf the White, Magic, Noble Sacrifice, Retreat, Shadowfax, and cards numbered 1-5.