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Fellow lore masters of Middle-earth, lend me your ear! Our finest hour as players of the Lord of the Rings living card game is nigh at hand. With their recent focus on the Noldor trait, the glorious game designers of Fantasy Flight have given full flight to our fantasies with the creation of new Lore heroes […]

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She might look innocent enough but be careful what you make with this one. The first chapter of the Quenta Silmarillion titled “Of the Beginning of Days” sets the stage for the sordid saga of these Noldorin Elves. Though they are the “most skilled of the Elves”, “renowned in song” with a name meaning “wisdom”, […]

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Shhh! The language of the Dwarves is “a secret which unlike the Elves, they [do] not willingly unlock, even to their friends”. Aside from the names of a few places (which Gimli let slip to his Companions) and the famous Dwarven battle-cry “Khazâd! Khazâd!” (which has been heard by many, though sometimes last), the Dwarven […]

Master-of-Lore-3rd-Anniversary

We’ve recently marked our third anniversary here at Master of Lore! My first post titled “Greetings and Goals” was published on February 11, 2013. I remember that I had just begun playing this game in earnest during Christmas of 2012 and was catching up to the rest of the community. Heirs of Númenor had been recently released and “The Steward’s Fear” was […]

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“Get out, you old Wight! Vanish in the sunlight! Shrivel like the cold mist, like the winds go wailing, Out into the barren lands far beyond the mountains! Come never here again! Leave your barrow empty! Lost and forgotten be, darker than the darkness, Where gates stand for ever shut, till the world is mended.” […]

Shrine-to-Morgoth

The Grey Havens is here! And it is rife with some deep lore delvings. The whole premise gets serious with the appendices and showcases the care and interest the developers have for the history of Middle-earth. In short, a Gondorian lord has been having visions of Númenor refound, that the island did not sink completely, […]

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When Michael Tolkien was around 6-8 years old, he had nightmares about “a gloved hand without an arm that opened curtains a crack after dark and crawled down” to get him. In Michael’s bedtime stories, his father J.R.R. Tolkien invented a cheerful fellow named Tom Bombadil. His jacket was blue and his boots were yellow and […]

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About 100 years before the timeframe of our game, Middle-earth was struck by a terrifying cold season known as the Fell Winter. Appendix B’s “Tale of Years” tells us that even the Brandywine froze and that “White Wolves invade Eriador from the North”. It is in these wastes that our heroes encounter the White Warg […]

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To our ears, the name Derndingle Warrior sounds foolish or even scatological, but we can’t blame Tolkien for inventing such nonsense. This word is Common Speech, taken from our own history, not the philology professor’s fantasy creations. ‘Dingle’ comes from a Middle English word of unknown origin meaning ‘a deep abyss’ but has been used […]

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Although appearing in just one scene in the book, the Rivendell minstrel Lindir has become an internet sensation thanks to Peter Jackson’s film adaptations. In Tolkien’s “Many Meetings”, Lindir teases Bilbo after the hobbit sings the “Song of Eärendil”, claiming he can’t tell which parts were written by Bilbo and which by Aragorn since Elves […]

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