Frodo Baggins

‘A very nice well-spoken gentlehobbit is Mr. Bilbo, as I’ve always said’… ‘But what about this Frodo that lives with him?’ asked Old Noakes of Bywater. ‘Baggins is his name, but he’s more than half a Brandybuck, they say.’ Oh, Frodo. Jolly old Frodo! He is the protagonist of our favorite story but also, perhaps, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Song of Eärendil

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 to Pronounce Dáin Ironfoot

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 […]

Theme Deck: Heroes of Wilderland

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 […]

Special Feature: The Others

Derek recently brought to my attention a cool idea posted by user Ozil23 on the FFG forums, and I couldn’t resist falling down the rabbit hole.  In short, what if our duplicate versions of unique characters aren’t actually the same person, but rather other people from other eras of Tolkien’s legendarium with the same name?  […]

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 […]

Dori

Amidst a rhyming mass of Dwarves, he is one of the few members of Thorin’s Company for which Tolkien actually wrote a distinguishable role in The Hobbit.  Even so, he’s been given much less attention by both FFG and Peter Jackson than many other Dwarves with smaller parts.  He is one of only three Dwarves […]

Crownless Kings Campaign

from the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.

Cave of Gollum

A Lord of the Rings LCG Blog

Mythos Busters

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Lore of the Rings

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Darkling Door

A Lord of the Rings LCG Blog