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Anticipating Angmar Awakened: The Heroes

With the release of The Road Darkens and the conclusion of The Ring-maker cycle, 2014 ended with a feeding frenzy of new content. Now, as players are getting caught up on new scenarios and deck-building possibilities, FFG has begun whetting our appetite for the next expansions. The saga continues with the first half of The […]

Movie Review: The Battle of the Five Armies

Let’s face it. As sublime as the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien can be, were it not for the bombastic imagination of Peter Jackson, fewer people would have encountered the Professor’s world of Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings would probably not have been as attractive a license to FFG. The community surrounding our favorite living […]

Contest: The Battle of the Five Armies Custom Cards

Two years ago for Christmas, I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and got a core set for The Lord of the Rings living card game by Fantasy Flight Games. Since then, The Hobbit films and our beloved LCG have been the primary outlets for exploring my passion for J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth. Last […]

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 […]

Daeron’s Runes

Perhaps the most popular card draw effect in our game, Daeron’s Runes alludes to an alphabet devised during the First Age of Middle-earth.  The Elvish loremaster Daeron was the minstrel of Thingol King of Doriath and, as we will see later, a lovesick puppy who never got his bone. Daeron was one of the Sindar, […]


While our heroes are questing through the Fords of Isen, the mountain of Methedras, and Fangorn Forest at Saruman’s bidding, Fantasy Flight continues to drop previews of our upcoming adventures in the Ring-maker cycle. The cover art of the second pack titled “The Three Trials”, caught the attention of Cardboard of the Rings co-host Jared, […]

Movie Review: The Desolation of Smaug

Like many of you, I’ve been thoroughly entertained by the bombastic spectacle of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this weekend.  As a regular listener of the Tolkien Professor’s “Riddles in the Dark” podcast, I’ve also enjoyed seeing how Peter Jackson’s writing team has tackled the unique challenge of adapting The Hobbit to the screen […]

Custom Card: Tom Bombadil

Warning: If you find Tom Bombadil annoying, pointless, or otherwise bizarre, keep reading. Your suspicions will either be further confirmed or washed away completely. When the Black Riders expansion was announced, I got excited. We were starting our way into the actual adventures as carried out by Frodo and his conspiracy of friends. But the question loomed, […]

For Gondor!

NOTICE: For maximum thematic enjoyment, play this compilation of every Gondor cue in The Lord of the Rings soundtrack from A Magpie’s Nest as you read my article about the White Tree.  Enjoy! A solitary stately horn blows a noble note as Lord Boromir stands at the Council of Elrond.  “By the blood of our […]

The Eagles Are Coming!

Among the most intriguing and misunderstood creatures in the Tolkien legendarium are the Great Eagles.  Are they working as Gandalf’s personal chauffeur?  Or are they a general Middle-earth taxi service with a moth for a receptionist?  And regardless, aren’t the Eagles a lazy deus ex machina contrivance employed by a professor who was a better […]

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