Gimli’s “True Name”

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 […]

Elfhelm

A tall figure loomed up and stumbled over [Merry], cursing the tree-roots. He recognized the voice of the Marshal, Elfhelm. ‘I am not a tree-root, Sir,’ he said, ‘nor a bag, but a bruised hobbit. The least you can do in amends is to tell me what is afoot.’   The Lord of the Rings […]

The Hornburg

The first great battle of the War of the Ring happens on home turf for the Rohirrim. Saruman empties Isengard of its vast armies, tens of thousands of orcs and half-orcs and warg riders and Dunlendings, in a great push to end the inconvenience that is the Horse Lords and claim their lands. When King Théoden […]

Brok Ironfist

One of the distinctive features of the LOTR LCG community has been that we often give as much attention to bad cards as we do to the good ones. Some of the worst get even more. It is like a hobby within the hobby to fixate on a few awful cards until they become an […]

Treebeard

‘I have long ceased to invent…I wait till I seem to know what really happened. Or till it writes itself. Thus, though I knew for years that Frodo would run into a tree-adventure somewhere far down the Great River, I have no recollection of inventing Ents. I came at last to the point, and wrote […]

Theme Deck: [Smoke] Ring-makers

Here we are, a few weeks after the official drop of The Road Darkens saga expansion, and I am loving all the new cards — encounter and player alike! And love it or hate it, Gandalf has gotten some serious attention in this box with the addition of his hero iteration and his new ‘toys’. One […]

Gladden Fields

For my contributions to our new Hasty Strokes segment here, I’m going to work my way through the scenarios in the order of their release, picking out an encounter card per set that is based on some iconic or obscure lore in Tolkien’s legendarium.  Since I’ve already written full feature articles on Ungoliant’s Spawn and […]

New Content: Hasty Strokes

This February marks the one year anniversary of the Master of Lore blog and I want to extend my thanks to all the readers whose insightful comments and words of encouragement have made writing here such a pleasure.  I’m quite proud of the feature articles on this site, and grateful to have found a partner […]

Narvi’s Belt

Elves and Dwarves.  They are the Hatfields and McCoys of Middle-earth.  Their grudge match runs deeper than the Yankees versus the Red Sox, features more characters than DC versus Marvel, and has more products in dispute than Apple versus Samsung.  Their selective recollection of history brings to mind Israel and Palestine while their rivalry has […]

Nazgûl of Dol Guldur

The Dark Lord, Sauron, has many servants and slaves. Orcs, trolls, beasts, Men, and evil spirits all subject themselves to his horrible will and wreak evil all across the lands of Middle-earth: North, South, East, and West. None, however, are more feared and terrible than the Nazgûl, the Ring-wraiths. Men they once were, kings of old […]

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