Lord of the Rings Skirmish Battle Game has always stood out from Games Workshop's other games. First, it was a licensed property based on the Lord of the Rings movies. Second, in a time when Games Workshop only made large scale games, it was a small scale game. One or both of the reasons would always force Lord of the Rings into a distant third place position. The skirmish feel of LOTR was quite a bit different then the epic scales of 40K and Fantasy. Whether that is a good or bad thing depends on the player. As the movies were released, additional figures and supplements allowed players to re-create their favorite battle scenes. The future of LOTR Skirmish game is questionable. With the release of War of the Ring in 2009, many LOTR players enjoy the large epic scale of that game more. If a starter set for War of Ring is ever released, we may see LOTR Skirmished pushed into the category of specialist games.
Few will argue that Games Workshop shouldn't be added to the list of most successful game companies. They are most well known for their Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Fantasy lines, but they have produced numerous smaller games over their history. From their beginnings in 1975, Games Workshop has seen significant changes to its business model. First it made game boards and a little later it became a publisher of 3rd party content. Their next step was to found citadel miniatures and they entered the market of producing miniatures for role playing and tabletop games. During the 80's, the properties of Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Fantasy were born. In the 90's the company refocused on these core lines and started opening retail stores. As GW enters it's 35th year, it has expanded to be a household name for gamers and many non-gamers thanks to its popular video games.