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Quest Profile 001: Passage Through Mirkwood

In this new series on Master of Lore, we will profile individual scenarios, with an eye towards the geography and inspiration from Tolkien’s text. First up is the first quest of the game — “Passage Through Mirkwood”!

To the Sea! To the Sea!

  To the Sea! To the Sea! With the release of The Grey Havens, we are taking to our ships and setting sail to chase dreams on the high seas. But wait! What does the ocean have to do with the lands of Middle-earth? After all, the Fellowship of the Ring was composed of the […]

Long Groping Arm

When Michael Tolkien was around 6-8 years old, he had nightmares about “a gloved hand without an arm that opened curtains a crack after dark and crawled down” to get him. In Michael’s bedtime stories, his father J.R.R. Tolkien invented a cheerful fellow named Tom Bombadil. His jacket was blue and his boots were yellow and […]

Thematic Playthrough #6: Deadmen’s Dike

Anyone who had been following this blog knows how eagerly I was awaiting the Angmar Awakened cycle. Imagine my sadness then that my shipment of The Lost Realm was lost at sea just like the last king of the North! At long last though, I have secured a copy and the time to play and […]

Silver Lamp

Unhood your Silver Lamp and let’s shine some light on this most thematic of attachments as we explore some deep questions about destiny and doom.  Although I haven’t had a chance to build a deck with the Silver Lamp yet, I’ve been intrigued by this card and inspired to write about it since stumbling across […]

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 […]

Gameplay Music: Black Riders

Plenty of the reviews and commentary this game gets remark a great deal about “theme”. Most agree that Nate French, Caleb Grace, Matt Newman, and the rest of the contributing Fantasy Flight team have done a fine job of keeping this game snug within the feel of its source text. I say “feel” because that […]

Hirluin the Fair

When Fantasy Flight Games released the Heirs of Númenor deluxe expansion and promised the Against the Shadow cycle would focus on the kingdom of Gondor, the anticipation of many fans began peaking for a hero card of Faramir, a powerful Denethor ally, and a manly Gondorian synergy that could rival the Dáin-driven Dwarves.  Therefore, when […]

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 […]

Daughter of the Nimrodel

With a growing card pool offering so many places to begin our journey, the first card choice is not easy.  It would seem fitting to our quest to begin somewhere among the cards from the Lore sphere of influence in the Core Set though, as this would be closest to our metaphorical home within the […]

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