In addition to all the Dúnedain Ranger goodness that’s come with The Lost Realm expansion, and is to come with the following cycle, we have also been teased that the Noldor will be getting a bit of trait development. At this point there is little to say of the Noldor as cards and nothing to say of them as a cohesive trait. There is Elrond, of course, his children, Galadriel, Gildor, and (ally) Erestor. They’re all very fancy, all well-named, and all have very potent abilities as befits their age and power. There are also a few non-unique allies out and about. The first, however, of the ‘new breed’ of Noldor cards was spoiled recently and it already smells of intrigue! But who is this Erestor fellow, anyway? His ally has been around for a while and now his hero version is coming soon. Clearly he has something to do with drawing cards.
There is no information about Erestor outside of The Lord of the Rings and hardly any, really, in that text. We know he was part of the house of Elrond in Rivendell, that remnant of elvenhood on Middle-earth. Rivendell and the ‘House of Elrond’ provokes an interesting line of questioning: Are we talking ‘House’ as in a familial house with a royal sense of the word? Or just a house, as in ‘The Last Homely House East of the Sea’? Perhaps those as live in Rivendell? I tend towards the latter, as the actual lineage of Elrond is pretty well documented and many who are of his house don’t fall on that line. But Rivendell was a very important place, one founded and surrounded by secrecy. So it is with the Noldor: in their waning days in Middle-earth they kept to themselves, harboring lore and only dispensing it at need and to those who could find them. Erestor was a part of this tradition, and if that doesn’t make one important enough, he even had a title:
there were several other counsellors of Elrond’s household, of whom Erestor was the chief
Chief Counsellor, you say? Seeing as how this is Rivendell we’re talking about he must have been a wise dude. His wisdom is displayed, sort of, in the Council of Elrond. Seems to be prudent that the chief counsellor be at the council. He recommends sending messages to Bombadil or just giving the jolly old fellow the Ring (shot down) and restates what Glorfindel already said, that the Ring must be hidden or destroyed (an idea that he himself shoots down).
What strength have we for the finding of the Fire in which it was made? That is the path of despair. Of folly I would say, if the long wisdom of Elrond did not forbid me
Perhaps Erestor and Glorfindel never much got along, as illustrated by the picture at left. Really, he’s kind of a Debbie Downer, a stereotype that follows the Noldor (and elves in general since the Jackon films) around wherever they may bring their melancholy faces. I completely disagree with the assessment but it holds some water in light of those oldest of elves. Most of the Noldor (High Elves) returned to Middle-earth after spending time in Valinor, the Blessed Realm of the gods. Of the sweeping categories of elves we call ‘Houses’, it was these that came back under the influence of their kinsman Fëanor (you know the one) to unfortunate exile. They lived in Middle-earth, soaking up immortal wisdom, for ages. They are also bound to the earth, finding no release in death save to return to Valinor, and thusly feel things very deeply. It stands that they are then affected heavily by their troubles. The Noldor also brought great quarrel to Middle-earth, multiplying that trouble. These High Elves are also capable of great joy (cf. Gildor’s joviality in his meeting with Frodo), but it’s sadness and wisdom that so characterize them.
Luckily, it seems the game is betting on wisdom to play up the trait and, as my old gaffer used to say, Wisdom = Card Draw.