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The Bree folk were always there…or so they say. The Lord of the Rings tells us that, according to their own tales anyway, the Men of Bree were the original inhabitants and were the descendants of the first Men that ever wandered into the West. This might put them somewhere in the same family as […]

Here you go, Turch.

However it may prove, one must tread the path that need chooses! – Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring With The Three Trials, Fantasy Flight has taken their development of Middle-earth’s lore to a new level, fleshing out the culture and history of the Dunlendings with Tolkien-esque details to create a rich and immersive play […]

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This past week I’ve been working on a new project to enrich players’ thematic experience. After receiving a positive response on Facebook to my little map for The Dunland Trap, I decided to begin creating an atlas featuring maps for the other scenarios as well. While I’ve only finished the Core Set and first two […]

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Eärendil was a mariner that tarried in Arvernien; he built a boat of timber felled in Nimbrethil to journey in; her sails he wove of silver fair, of silver were her lanterns made, her prow was fashioned like a swan, and light upon her banners laid. Thanks to Ian’s brilliant First Age expansion, I’ve gone back […]

How do you say my name?

How do you say the name of the most overpowered Dwarf hero in our game?  Does it sound like the verb for how you eat at a fine restaurant?  A giant German dog?  Or does it have two syllables and rhyme with what wrestlers do before a match?  A listener recently asked the Tolkien Professor […]

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Usually I leave the strategy to the fine folks of The Grey Company at Tales from the Cards and Hall of Beorn, but today I’m going to venture beyond my pay grade because I’ve finally beaten The Dunland Trap with a deck that satisfies my particular thematic tastes as well.  Thanks to an especially Well […]

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It’s been about four months since our heroes stumbled out of Fangorn Forest and back to Saruman with the wizard’s prize, a fearsome orc named Mugash, in tow.  But now, at last, we are finally ready to set out once more in the service of Orthanc to seek the secrets of Celebrimbor, the Elven-smith who […]

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Perhaps the most popular card draw effect in our game, Daeron’s Runes alludes to an alphabet devised during the First Age of Middle-earth.  The Elvish loremaster Daeron was the minstrel of Thingol King of Doriath and, as we will see later, a lovesick puppy who never got his bone. Daeron was one of the Sindar, […]

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And even in a mythical Age there must be some enigmas, as there always are. -Tolkien, letter #144 The above quote is about Tom Bombadil who is, perhaps, the greatest enigma of all of Tolkien’s cosmology. But one that is often overlooked, because he fits rather well in spite of his odd placement, is Beorn. […]

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As I mentioned in our most recent episode of The Grey Company podcast, I’ve picked up the core rule book for The One Ring Roleplaying Game. Being one of the only tabletop RPGs set in Middle-earth (and, by all accounts, the most accurate), it had been on my radar for years. I finally possess the […]

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