Arador’s Bane

“Arador was the grandfather of the King.”

So begins “The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen” in Appendix A, where we learn of the untimely death of Strider’s grandfather while he was a captive of “hill-trolls in the Coldfells north of Rivendell”.

Like all of the other Dúnedain Chieftains, Arador’s name begins with the Sindarin prefix ‘ara’ meaning ‘royal’ — a reminder of the noble destiny of the line unbroken as they namelessly defend the northern wastes. But he would not live to see the one who realized that hope. Arador met his bane in 2930, about 70 years before the timeframe of our game, and just a year before Aragorn was born.

When Arador’s Bane unleashes its treachery across the Ettenmoors, will your heroes be able to stand and fight? Or will you meet the same fate as Aragorn’s grandfather, taken and slain in trackless lands?


Card Info: Across the Ettenmoors #79

Artist: Tomasz Jedruszek



  1. Nice little post! I honestly didn’t know the name of the card until now (though I’ve played against it several times!)

    1. Ha ha, it’s easy to miss when you have a swarm of trolls coming down on you. Glad you like the short post. I’ve really missed writing, but even my “Hasty Strokes” weren’t hasty enough for me to find time to write. Treebeard would disapprove, but I’m going to give this new even shortened format a try for a while to see if it helps me start getting content out there again. Thanks for the comment!

      1. Yea keep it up! I always like knowing the bits of lore behind the cards and the design choices the creators make, even if it’s just in a clever title. It makes the game more immersive for me. Looking forward to your next post!

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