Steward of Gondor

  • Player Card Categories
    • Resource Acceleration

The resource acceleration to rule them all.


The office of Steward originally established as older men of high trust and wisdom. It changed over time to have men chose from the house of Hurin and from there it became a hereditary title. The Steward Mardil took over rule of Gondor with the death of King Eärnur who left no heir to the throne. (It was also unknown if he alive or dead after riding to Minas Morgul to answer the Witch-King’s challenge.) The Stewards then ruled Gondor until King Elessar (Aragorn) took the throne following the final defeat of Sauron and Mordor.

Card Theme

Gondor was the largest and strongest kingdom of the free peoples during the later years of the Third Age. The resource acceleration provided by this is a nice way to represent the manpower and materials at Gondor’s command. It makes sense that the Steward as the ruler at the time of the game’s setting would marshal be able to marshal those resources.

The large thematic disconnect with the card is that any hero can be the Steward of Gondor and become Gondorian. At least it is very unthematic for the hereditary title Steward of Gondor as known from the Lord of the Ring trilogy. It would work if it referred to the original meaning of the title, but that was about 2500 years before the years between Bilbo’s party and Frodo’s leaving the Shire.

Card Synergies and Interactions

Blood of Númenor and Gondorian Fire

These two attachments can turn any hero into combat monsters. Those with built-in readying even more so. It can be any hero because Steward will give the necessary Gondor trait to play either one on the hero. A quick example, I think illustrates how well these work with Steward. First turn, use Steward on a hero to have 3 resources. During combat, activate Blood to defend for +2 defense for the entire phase. Then before attacking activate Fire, spend another resource, and gain +1 attack. That still leaves 1 resource on the hero. Each turn, they will gain a resource and the bonuses will increase by 1. Three turns of this, even a hero with 0 defense will have the same defense as Beregond (without any attachments). If the player can build up for 1 turn before activating, they will defend with +5 surpassing Beregond. Pre-errata Tactics Boromir hero with these attachments could handle all enemies engaged with the player or the entire table with Dunedain Signal and Dunedain Cache.

Abilities that Cost Resources

Elrohir, Elladan, Eomer, and Grimbeorn in particular have abilities that not only work well with Steward of Gondor, but also the previously mentioned Blood and/or Fire. Elrohir and Elladan can readying after defending and attack, respectively, for 1 resource each time. There are no limits on this which can make them combat beasts. Eomer can only use his ability once per round since a player can commit him to the quest only once. Still the additional attack from Gondorian Fire can ensure he kills the enemy targeted in the staging area. Grimbeorn for 1 resource can attack right after defending. The only limits to his ability to defend then attack an enemy is how much he can ready and resources to activate the response.

There are a couple heroes that benefit from Steward to use their abilities multiple times. Na’asiyah basically has weaker versions of Blood and Fire built in. The bonuses apply only for a single attack although the bonus is +2 for each resource spent.

Balin’s does have a limit, but it is once per attack. It can still be used against multiple enemies or enemies that attack multiple times per round. Leadership Eomer like Grimbeorn

There are many other heroes with abilities that cost resources, but they cost 1 resource and limited to once per round. Leadership Aragorn, Leadership Frodo, and Gildor are all in sphere examples. Steward really helps to use the ability and still have resources for other cards.

Allies have a few abilities that cost resources as well. Most notably Warden of Healing and Erebor Record Keeper have readying abilities. A few eagle allies like Eagle Emissary, Winged Guardian, and Wilyador and the Dwarven Sellsword require resources to keep them in play. There are a couple other attachments that require resources to activate their ability. Song of Hope offers the more limited willpower version of Blood of Numenor and Gondorian Fire. Steed of the Mark gives some action advantage although ultimately expensive compared to Unexpected Courage. The Dream-Chaser cycle introduced many events that had additional effects if players spend resources from another sphere. Steward can make those additional costs much more affordable.

Resource Smoothing

Resource smoothing is all about changing one resource type to another. There are several neutral options for this to leverage Steward besides just the sphere of the hero it is played on. A Good Harvest is the easiest of these since the player can name whichever sphere is needed. The Storm Comes side quest takes a little work but once completed the resources can be used for the first ally each turn. Gandalf is a little trickier to leverage his resource smoothing but it can be done with some help. The Songs from the first cycle are great if the player knows which sphere they need since it sticks around for the entire game.

Hirulan the Fair, Kahliel, and Radaghast have built in resource smoothing for Outlands, Kahliel, and Creature allies. Elrond hero tops all of them smoothing for all ally cards.

The other option is just to move resources from one hero to another. There are some cards that can do this and many are Gondor related. Chief among them is Errand-Rider since it can exhaust each round to move a resource from one hero to any other. Denethor Leadership and Bifur hero can do so repeatedly as well but are limited who they transfer to. Envoy of Pelargir, Pelargir Ship Captain, and Parting Gifts are all one time transfers.

Quest Specific

One of the more annoying treacheries in the Core Set is Caught in a Web. It forces players to pay 2 resources to ready a hero with the condition attachment. Fortunately that is the number of extra resources given by Steward so the player can ready the hero without too much trouble.

The Druadan Forest scenario introduced the Prowl keyword which discarded resources from heroes equal to the Prowl value. Then penalized players if they didn’t have resources or forced them to pay more to avoid bad effects.

Ring Rating

Card Talk uses the highly scientific yet arbitrary scale of 1 ring for the card to rule them all to 10 to be cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came.

I rate Steward at 1 ring. It’s the resource acceleration card to rule them all. I remember the first few games I played, it was a was struggle to build up with many ally cards costing 3 resources. Then when I put Steward of Gondor into play, it suddenly made sense why they cost that much. The introduction of many more affordable 2 cost allies into the card pool only made it stronger. There’s a reason that basic deck building advice is have resource acceleration and card draw. The encounter deck is typically going to put out 1 enemy or location in true solo ever turn. If the player can get to play 2 allies, attachments, or combination thereof every other turn or better every turn the player will win. Two extra resources per turn ensures that unless the player stuffs their deck with 4+ cost cards.

The only real drawback to the card is that it is unique. A player will want 3 copies to draw it as early as possible and after that it can be a potential dead draw. Even then it can still be helpful to have a back up in case a treachery or shadow forces a player to discard it. The unique limitation is felt more in multiplayer as players have to plan who will use it. There are other less efficient options and even playing on the curve with only low cost card is very possible with a full card pool. It is not an insurmountable problem.

Dave and Grant discussed it falling off in the late game, but that is a good problem to have. If resources are piling up on the hero with Steward, then if all is going well that means the player has played many cards and has no use for them. It is also comforting to know that any card that has a resource match with that hero can be played. This isn’t even considering Blood and Fire decks where the pile of resources is the goal to fuel a heroes like Boromir, Elladan, Elrohir, etc. If all isn’t going well and there is a pile of resources, then likely it was a poor shuffle or a sign that the deck needs some tweaking.

  • Dave – 5
  • Grant – 4
  • Ted – TBR
  • Matt – 1
  • Average – 3.33

External Links

Sample Decks

R/lotrlcg Crowdsource Deck by r/lotrlcg

A deck created via Reddit polls at r/lotrlcg featuring Na’asiyah + Steward of Gondor.

R/lotrlcg Crowdsource Deck May 8, 2020

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Éowyn (The Flame of the West)
Glorfindel (Foundations of Stone)
Na’asiyah (A Storm on Cobas Haven)

Ally (19)
3x Arwen Undómiel (The Watcher in the Water)
2x Beorn (Core Set)
2x Elfhelm (The Dead Marshes)
3x Escort from Edoras (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Gandalf (Core Set)
3x Pippin (A Shadow in the East)
3x Westfold Horse-breeder (The Voice of Isengard)

Attachment (15)
3x Ancient Mathom (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Light of Valinor (Foundations of Stone)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
3x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (15)
3x A Good Harvest (The Steward’s Fear)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Elrond’s Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill)

Player Side Quest (1)
1x Rally the West (The Black Serpent)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to A Shadow in the East

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Descendants of Imladris by captainace

Children of Elrond deck building up Elrohir and Elladan with Blood and Fire.

Descendants of Imladris

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Arwen Undómiel (The Dread Realm)
Elladan (Road to Rivendell)
Elrohir (The Redhorn Gate)

Ally (17)
3x Ethir Swordsman (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Faramir (Core Set)
3x Galadriel (The Road Darkens)
3x Gandalf (Core Set)
3x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
3x Weather Hills Watchman (The Lost Realm)

Attachment (21)
3x Ancient Mathom (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Blood of Númenor (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Dúnedain Mark (The Hunt for Gollum)
3x Dúnedain Warning (Conflict at the Carrock)
3x Gondorian Fire (Assault on Osgiliath)
1x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Rivendell Blade (Road to Rivendell)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)

Event (12)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Elrond’s Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
3x Tighten Our Belts (The Nîn-in-Eilph)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Dread Realm

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Heir of Valandil

  • Player Card Categories
    • Cost Reduction
    • Resource Acceleration

The trait based resource acceleration for Dunedain.


You might be wondering who is the Heir of Valandil? Spoilers, it is Aragorn. I know what you’re thinking. Aragorn is Isildur’s Heir. How can he be the Heir of Valandil too? It is because Valandil was the original heir of Isildur. As Isildur’s youngest son he became the king of Arnor after his brothers and Isildur died at the Disaster of Gladden Fields. Valandil ended being the longest reigning king of Arnor at 239 years.

Card Theme

The card’s ally cost reduction by engaging an enemies is similar to idea behind Dunedain Hunter. The Dunedain rangers went where there was trouble during The Watchful Peace. It makes sense that their chieftain would have an easier time mustering them to deal with an immediate threat.

Card Synergies and Interactions

Dunedain Allies

A player might wonder why they might use Heir of Valandil when there is already a staple 2 cost unique resource acceleration attachment, Steward of Gondor. There are a couple reasons to highlight. The first is that the cost reduction can be applied to any Dunedain ally that a player already has a resource match for. This is very advantageous considering the 23 Dunedain allies in the game span all 4 spheres.

The second is, a player can use both. Nearly 2/3 of the Dunedain allies cost 3 or more resources. All the resource acceleration Dunedain can get help get a critical mass of allies and overcome the scenario. Lastly, it provides an alternative in multiplayer when someone else already has Steward of Gondor.


Traps are ideal way to increase the attachment’s cost reduction. Forest Snare in particular works really well because the enemy remains engaged but no longer attacks. Entangling Nets and Outmatched create a similar more safely engaged enemy that can be defended without sacrificing an action. Shadow effects are still a concern unless the player has a defender with some shadow cancelation like A Burning Brand.

Attack Cancellation

Attack cancelation effects like Feint, Thicket of Spears, The Wizard’s Voice, and Coney in a Trap like Trap attachments can help increase the cost reduction and reduce the risk of the engaged enemy albeit just temporarily.

Gloin hero

Gloin can be an interesting way to increase the effect. Song of Wisdom or Narvi’s Belt or a Warden of Healing make it that Gloin can heal all damage done to him quite easily. Some hit point bonuses from attachments like Citadel Plate, and he can take undefended attacks even from boss level enemies. Provided shadow effects don’t discard attachments, it can be quite easy to keep several enemies engaged without much trouble. Heir of Valandil might become a “win more” card at that point since combat is essentially neutralized.

Attachment Search

Ted often points out that a big drawback to any card is you have to draw it. Fortunately, there are 2 cards that help find an attachment in a deck. Galadriel ally searches the top 5 cards and puts it into play. She is even in sphere with Heir of Valandil. Master of the Forge will do the same expect put it into a player’s hand, but it can be used each round.

Ring Rating

Card Talk uses the highly scientific yet arbitrary scale of 1 ring for the card to rule them all to 10 to be cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came.

I rate Heir of Valandil at 7 rings. It is only going into a Dunedain focused deck considering it requires a Dunedain hero and works only on Dunedain allies. That alone immediately makes it a niche card. Then the effect is conditional on having at least 1 enemy engaged. The Dunedain generally want to do that anyway, but it is risky. Especially if keeping any enemies engaged to keep the bonus. The only really nice part of the effect is that it is unlimited. The cost reduction can get high enough to even play a 5 cost Dunedain Wanderer into play for free.

The other major drawback is that it has the same sphere, cost, and also unique like Steward of Gondor. In solo play, unless your Dunedain are really spread across 3 or 4 spheres, Steward is going to be better. In multiplayer, it has the advantage of being a potential alternative if Steward is already taken. It is going to see some play in dedicated Dunedain decks, but not much outside of them.

  • Dave – 8
  • Grant – TBR
  • Ted – 5
  • Matt – 7
  • Average – 6.67

External Links

Sample Decks

Dunedain Trappers by Seastan

The most popular Dunedain deck utilizing traps to maximize engaged enemies and power up the effects of Heir of Valandil and Dunedain allies.

Dunedain Trappers

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Amarthiúl (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
Aragorn (The Watcher in the Water)
Damrod (The Land of Shadow)

Ally (20)
2x Dúnedain Hunter (The Lost Realm)
2x Dúnedain Watcher (The Dead Marshes)
3x Galadriel (The Road Darkens)
3x Guardian of Arnor (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
3x Master of the Forge (Shadow and Flame)
3x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
2x Sarn Ford Sentry (The Lost Realm)
2x Warden of Annúminas (The Lost Realm)

Attachment (17)
2x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
3x Forest Snare (Core Set)
1x Gondorian Fire (Assault on Osgiliath)
2x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Heir of Valandil (The Lost Realm)
2x Ranger Spikes (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
2x Sword that was Broken (The Watcher in the Water)

Event (13)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Deep Knowledge (The Voice of Isengard)
2x Descendants of Kings (Escape from Mount Gram)
3x Feint (Core Set)
2x Tighten Our Belts (The Nîn-in-Eilph)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Land of Shadow

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.


Before there was Messenger of the King, there was Sword-thain.


The term sword-thain is used only a few times in the books. We first see it used when Theoden offers to have Merry ride with him and act as his squire.

You shall be my esquire, if you will. Is there gear of war in this place, Éomer, that my sword-thain could use?

Book 5, Chapter 2: Passing of the Grey Company

It subsequently only comes up again when Theoden dismisses Merry as his pony will not be able to keep up on the ride to Minas Tirith. In the context used, it seems to be a formal title for a squire. The historical thane or thegn, however, was a lordly title similar to a knight. The term largely used prior to William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. A period of history that Tolkien studied and took inspiration from.

Card Theme

The card refers to Merry joining Theoden’s service, but in the previous chapter Pippin swears his sword to Denethor. Prior to this, the readers had not seen them really demonstrate martial prowess. If anything they had fallen into trouble in The Old Forest, in the barrows, and captured by orcs. Granted, they managed to convince the Ents to march on Isengard, but still that them being persuasive. It is once they join the armies of Gondor and Rohan and participate in the Battle ofPelannor Fields and rescue Faramir from the pyre that they become much more heroes in their own right. The change is apparent when they return to the Shire. They can easily push past gate guards, shirriffs, and turn back waylaying ruffians through shows of confidence. The Sword-thain card then represents the turning point where they “level up” much as the card promotes an ally into a full blown hero.

Card Synergies and Interactions

Resource or Attachment Acceleration

Now Sword-thain at 4 cost is fairly expensive. Even if the effect of gaining another hero is well worth it. You’re not going to play it first turn without some resource acceleration. Leadership Denethor hero, Steward of Gondor, and Legacy of Numenor are a couple options for getting it out first turn, but they require Leadership.

Bartering - Lore Event - 0 cost - Planning Action: Choose a ready player attachment on a character you control. Return that attachment to its owner's hand to reduce the cost of the next attachment played this phase by X, where X is the chosen attachment's cost.

First, I’d like to thank Marcelf over at Ringsdb for putting me onto this combo with his Barliman and Robin deck. Bartering the 0 cost Lore event offers a couple interesting options for putting it into play on the cheap. If you are running all Lore heroes or couple heroes of one sphere with a Lore hero, you can play the record attachments for 1 or 2 cost. Use Bartering to return it to your hand then play Sword-thain for free since the discount is by the printed cost. Lore offers some very low cost unique allies like Ioreth and Henamarth Riversong that can be played first turn with it. Then you can start gaining an additional resources.

Another option is to utilize Tactics Beregond’s discount on Weapon and Armor attachments. Basically any 2+ cost weapon or armor on him will let Bartering discount Sword-thain. Citadel Plate, Spear of the Citadel, Raiment of War, and Raven Winged Helm are good options to transfer the discount.

There are a couple other options for getting Sword-thain into play without paying the full 4 cost, but they are limited to dwarves.

Well-Equipped can put it into play for free onto a unique Dwarf. There’s certainly no shortage of targets with 9 of the 13 dwarves in Thorin’s Company represented by allies. Bofur even has 2 different versions. Outside The Hobbit Saga expansions, Gimli ally, Azain Silverbeard, and even the infamous Brok Ironfist.

Ring of Thror requires a Dwarf hero to use. Unlike Well-Equipped, the attachment that is discarded can go on any non-neutral unique ally.

Sneak Attack

Many unique allies are higher cost. Another way to get a Sword-thain hero is to Sneak Attack one into play. Then attach Sword-thain to it before the end of the phase. It won’t return to your hand anymore because it is no longer an ally. You can use this with other temporarily put an ally effects into play, such as, Horns! Horns! Horns! and Gwaihir’s Debt. Although with the latter you will be limited to Gwaihir and Landroval since Sword-thain can only be used on non-neutral unique allies.

Effects that Scale with the Number of Heroes

There are a number of cards that the effect is based on the number of heroes. Usually they require they belong to a particular sphere or have a named trait. Chief among these is Caldara.

Caldara can return an ally from the discard for each Spirit hero the player controls. A Sword-thain hero counts for this effect allowing you to return 3 allies with Sword-thain. You can even get up to 4 if Spirit Prince Imrahil is in play since he instantly becomes a hero when Caldara is discarded.

Another mono-Spirit favorite is Pelargir Shipwright. It’s willpower is equal to the number of Spirit heroes you control. This means with a Sword-thain Spirit hero, it has 4 willpower rivaling that of Eowyn and Cirdan.

I mentioned earlier the record attachments can be played for 1 or 2 cost. This is because Tome of Atanatar, Scroll of Isildur, Map of Earnil, and Book of Eldacar cost 1 less for each hero of the matching sphere. It’s possible to make these cost 0 once Sword-thain hits play.

Mithrandir’s Advice can draw a card for each Lore hero. This card in a mono-Lore deck with Sword-thain can draw nearly as many cards as Peace and Thought without having to exhaust 2 heroes. Then a free Scroll of Isildur can recur it for you.

Tactics Merry and Frodo’s Intuition similar to the others do more for each hero you have. The difference being that their effects are based on the number of Hobbit heroes rather than the sphere. Frodo’s Intuition overlaps with another kind of scaling effect by giving each hero +1 willpower. These card don’t explicitly scale like those mentioned. Instead these get better the more heroes you have because they affect each one. Tighten Our Belts, Legacy of Numenor, and We Are Not Idle can all garner up to 4 resources with a Sword-thain hero. Hour of Wrath when in Valour (threat is 40 or higher) will let all heroes attack and defend without exhausting. Captains of the West will boost all Noble heroes’ willpower and have them quest without exhausting. While Captains of the West is trait restricted, there are many unique Noble allies that make great Sword-thain heroes.

Unique Allies

While it is a requirement of the card, there are definitely some better targets than others. Generally, the unique allies with strong combat stats or very useful abilities are top targets. Jubayr is a good example of both. His strong defense and ability to discard a shadow makes a solid defending ally. Once he is a hero additional attachments open up like Dunedain Warning and Armored Destrier that can turn into a defender for the entire table. Tactics Nori is one where his combat stats aren’t stellar and making him a hero can help make his ability more reliable. Then he can have great attack boosting attachments like Dagger of Westernesse or War Axe. He could even have a Rohan Warhorse to possibly destroy 2 enemies and get 2 cards from the discard on the bottom of the deck.

Speaking of readying, there are more options for readying heroes than allies. This is great for allies with great abilities that trigger by exhausting like Leadership Faramir and Rosie. Faramir could add 2 or more willpower to a player’s questing characters. Rosie has always had potential to use her ability multiple times a round thanks to Fast Hitch, but opens up to running her without Lore. Additionally, willpower boosting attachments like Celebrian’s Stone and Fireside Song can make her ability even more powerful.

Ring Rating

Card Talk uses the highly scientific yet arbitrary scale of 1 ring for the card to rule them all to 10 to be cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came.

I rate Sword-thain at 3 rings. The 4 cost can be a big ask especially without some resource acceleration. There are a couple ways, however, to play it on the cheap. When built around it, you can get some really great mileage out that extra hero. It can really improve the effectiveness of unique allies with strong abilities like Rosie and Leadership Faramir. It even opens up some unique ally turned hero voltron builds. Especially as it doesn’t have the readying limit that Messenger of the King does. There is also a fun factor to this card. If your favorite character for some reason isn’t a hero but an ally. Then you can make them one. There are fun builds out there that aim to get 5 – 7 heroes or at least near hero allies. These usually have 3 normal heroes, a Sword-thain hero, Thalion, Treebeard, Over Hill and Under Hill Gandalf, and/or Radagast. Sword-thain won’t fit into every deck, and it is on the expensive side. Despite those drawbacks, it offers a lot of deck building possibilities.

  • Dave – 6
  • Grant – 4
  • Ted – 7
  • Matt – 3
  • Average – 5

Sample Decks

Barliman and Robin by Marcelf

Sword-thain is a major piece of resource acceleration in this deck. Scroll of Isildur is used for Bartering Sword-thain or Resourcefuls into play. The Scrolls are important to play and use to recur Risk Some Light over and over again. Getting to be free also helps accelerate resources.

Barliman and Robin

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (The Hunt for Gollum)
Folco Boffin (The Dungeons of Cirith Gurat)
Pippin (The Black Riders)

Ally (19)
1x Barliman Butterbur (The Black Riders)
3x Erebor Hammersmith (Core Set)
1x Firyal (The Mûmakil)
1x Gaffer Gamgee (Mount Gundabad)
1x Gandalf (Over Hill and Under Hill)
1x Ghân-buri-Ghân (The Flame of the West)
1x Gildor Inglorion (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x Henamarth Riversong (Core Set)
3x Ithilien Lookout (The Dunland Trap)
1x Mablung (The Land of Shadow)
2x Mirkwood Explorer (The Thing in the Depths)
1x Quickbeam (The Treason of Saruman)
1x Robin Smallburrow (The Drowned Ruins)
1x Warden of Healing (The Long Dark)

Attachment (12)
1x Fast Hitch (The Dead Marshes)
3x Love of Tales (The Long Dark)
3x Resourceful (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Scroll of Isildur (The Morgul Vale)
2x Sword-thain (The Dread Realm)

Event (19)
2x Bartering (The Wilds of Rhovanion)
3x Deep Knowledge (The Voice of Isengard)
3x Drinking Song (Mount Gundabad)
3x Mithrandir’s Advice (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Peace, and Thought (Shadow and Flame)
3x Risk Some Light (Shadow and Flame)
3x The Shirefolk (Mount Gundabad)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to Mount Gundabad

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Aggro Caldara v4 by Beorn

Post-errata Caldara deck utilizing Noldor discard to fill the discard pile with targets for Caldara’s ability.

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Arwen Undómiel (The Dread Realm)
Caldara (The Blood of Gondor)
Círdan the Shipwright (The Grey Havens)

Ally (30)
1x Elfhelm (The Dead Marshes)
3x Emery (The Blood of Gondor)
1x Escort from Edoras (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
1x Gamling (The Land of Shadow)
2x Glorfindel (Flight of the Stormcaller)
1x Háma (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Imladris Stargazer (Foundations of Stone)
3x Jubayr (The Mûmakil)
3x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
3x Pelargir Shipwright (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Prince Imrahil (The Flame of the West)
1x Rhovanion Outrider (Temple of the Deceived)
1x Súlien (The City of Corsairs)
1x Westfold Horse-Breaker (The Hunt for Gollum)
3x Zigil Miner (Khazad-dûm)

Attachment (9)
2x Light of Valinor (Foundations of Stone)
3x Narya (The Grey Havens)
1x Steed of Imladris (Across the Ettenmoors)
3x Sword-thain (The Dread Realm)

Event (11)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
1x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
2x Hidden Cache (The Morgul Vale)
2x Stand and Fight (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Mûmakil

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Ring around the Rosie (saga) by TheChad

Chad of Cardboard of the Ring’s LOTR Saga deck that makes Rosie the Sword-thain hero. Then boosts her willpower with Celebrian’s Stone, Fireside Song, etc.

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Merry (The Wastes of Eriador)
Pippin (The Black Riders)
Sam Gamgee (The Black Riders)

Ally (18)
1x Bill the Pony (The Black Riders)
2x Celduin Traveler (The Nîn-in-Eilph)
3x Gandalf (Core Set)
2x Ithilien Lookout (The Dunland Trap)
3x Master of the Forge (Shadow and Flame)
1x Quickbeam (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Rosie Cotton (The Mountain of Fire)
1x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)
2x Warden of Healing (The Long Dark)

Attachment (18)
1x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
3x Fast Hitch (The Dead Marshes)
2x Fellowship of the Ring (The Road Darkens)
2x Fireside Song (Beneath the Sands)
3x Friend of Friends (The Mountain of Fire)
2x Resourceful (The Watcher in the Water)
1x Song of Hope (The Black Serpent)
1x Staff of Lebethron (The Land of Shadow)
3x Sword-thain (The Dread Realm)

Event (15)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Elevenses (The Thing in the Depths)
3x Frodo’s Intuition (The Black Riders)
3x Sneak Attack (Core Set)
3x Timely Aid (The Redhorn Gate)

3 Heroes, 51 Cards
Cards up to The Mountain of Fire


Attachment (5)
3x Hobbit Cloak (The Black Riders)
2x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Big Hero Six by Zeromage

This deck aims to have 6 heroes in play or at least 4 heroes and 2 hero-like allies in play (Gandalf and Treebeard).

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Beravor (Core Set)
Círdan the Shipwright (The Grey Havens)
Denethor (Flight of the Stormcaller)

Ally (24)
1x Arwen Undómiel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Envoy of Pelargir (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Erebor Hammersmith (Core Set)
3x Errand-rider (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Faramir (Core Set)
3x Galadriel’s Handmaiden (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x Gandalf (Over Hill and Under Hill)
1x Glorfindel (Flight of the Stormcaller)
1x Henamarth Riversong (Core Set)
3x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)
2x Warden of Healing (The Long Dark)

Attachment (13)
3x Ent Draught (The Treason of Saruman)
1x Gandalf’s Staff (The Road Darkens)
1x Light of Valinor (Foundations of Stone)
3x Narya (The Grey Havens)
1x Shadowfax (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
1x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (13)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)
3x Elrond’s Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
2x Gaining Strength (The Steward’s Fear)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to Flight of the Stormcaller

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.