News for April 2011
Aiding the Eagles 52
Announcing an upcoming Adventure pack for The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game | Published 08 April 2011

As the heroes continue through the Anduin Valley, they hear the piercing cry of an eagle over the distant ridge. They hurry to investigate, only to find a great eagle, suffering from wounds that appear to have come from goblin weapons. They only have short time to get the eagle assistance before it perishes.

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce A Journey To Rhosgobel, the third Adventure Pack in the Shadows of Mirkwood Cycle for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game! After facing a fearsome group of trolls, the heroes have pressed further into the Anduin Valley to continue their search for Gollum. However, when they stumble across a dying eagle wounded in a fight with goblins, they are compelled to offer their assistance.

A Mission of Mending

During their search for Gollum, the heroes must take a detour in order to save a valuable ally. Since the Eagles play such an important role in the Shadows of Mirkwood Adventure Packs, players will want to retain the trust of their winged allies by saving one of their kin. In order to do so, they must bring the bird to Rhosgobel and seek out the wizard Radagast, who knows many secrets of the wild.

A Journey to Rhosgobel contains 60 fixed cards from the Shadows of Mirkwood cycle. In this exciting expansion, even more Eagles join the Tactics sphere, while Leadership players are given a Dúnedain Quest that will inspire confidence in their cause. The heroes’ trek through Mirkwood leads them to Haldir of Lórien, whose unnatural agility will aid the party in their task. However, the sky grows dark with foul minions of the Shadow, and every step toward Rhosgobel causes the heroes’ avian ally more pain. There is no time to lose!

Look for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game in stores in just two weeks, then plan on making your journey to Rhosgobel this summer!

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-2 players (or up to four with an additional Core Set) in control of the most powerful characters and artifacts of Middle-earth. Players will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artifacts, and coordinate their efforts to face Middle-earth’s most dangerous fiends. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Adventure Pack expansions to the core game.

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Ivan Kerensky
Published: 4/11/2011 6:15:11 AM

 From the top of my head I would qualify Vance, Eddings, Pratchett and even Moorcock as better writer than Salvatore.

Even Howard is a better fantasy writer.

Tolkien is a bit different and not necessiraly the best fantasy writer, I usually have to fast forward during my reading of the Lord of The ring while I enjoyed the Silmarillon immensely.

 Tolkien is a demiurge more than a mere writer, he build a whole world and populate it with legends, songs, petry, language, that is entirely different.

About Elf depiction : remember that in tolkien view Elfs are above human in all points : stronger, harder, faster, immune to illness and age, taller. Remember than some of the first eldar fight toe to toe with Balrogs and even Morgoth.


Published: 4/11/2011 4:36:59 AM

 I have to respectfully disagree with your opinion of Tolkien's writing style, jhaelen; for me, one of the (countless) appeals of Tolkien is that he is able to write in such a variety of styles. There's the light-hearted Farmer Giles of Ham, Mr Bliss and The Hobbit, for example, which are very different in style from the much more epic The Lord of the Rings; similarly, The Book of Lost Tales (admittedly unfinished) is as different from Leaf by Niggle as could be, stylistically. Some of his works have a 'conversational' feel to them, and a relaxed attitude evident in the text, while in others you can tell that words for chosen for effect, feeling and sound, to create a sort of poetry within his prose.

The Lord of the Rings bears the style of a sort of Norse saga (for which we know he had a strong affinity), which can be considered tedious, but I believe that his love of language springs out at the reader in the words he employs and the alliteration and metre he uses in his prose, and hence that for one who appreciates language, The Lord of the Rings should be euphoric. I will admit that he wasn't the best creator of stories, per se, or at least, of their dramatic realisation, but I feel that the style itself carries so much weight that it more than picks up any slack in his dramaturgy. I do believe that your point that he was a philologist first and foremost actually proves how enthralling and magical his writing can be; he understood language at a level at which many do not have the fortune to understand (myself certainly included), and it is his knowledge and love of language that make his work shine.

Admittedly, I'm doubtless one of the mentioned rabid Tolkien fans, so most of what I've said is probably just fanatic rambling.

Published: 4/11/2011 2:30:30 AM

"People who are familiar with fantasy books think that Salvatore is one of the biggest writers after Tolkien but his stories are like a Hollywood movie."

Dear 'servant of the secret fire', could you please refrain from these sweeping generalizations?

Salvatore writes novels that have mass-appeal, else his novels wouldn't have been on bestsellers' lists. Personally, I don't think they're that great, but they are at least entertaining. So, I guess, I must not be familiar with fantasy books?

Which other fantasy authors are you familiar with? Or do you know only mainstream authors?

Hollywood movies likewise can be excellent or poor, have lots of action scenes or none. It's not a quality or category in and of itself!

Now, the following will probably not be to the rabid Tolkien fans liking:

Tolkien, imho, isn't a great writer either. First and foremost he was a linguist and in order to create believable fantasy languages he decided to engage in world-building to provide a setting in which such languages might have developed.

His world-building was brilliant and shows a dedication to details and depth that is rarely found elsewhere. But his writing style is often tedious and his dramaturgy could have been better.

servant of the secret fire
Published: 4/10/2011 6:29:45 PM

Believe me mate i want as much as you want more stories from Middle-Earth but i am not sure if someone has the talent to do it with a decent way.If you read some of C.Tolkien's books you can see that he is not as talented as his fother was and as of new writers i can't think someone that can do this job right.

Take Salvatore for example.People who are familiar with fantasy books think that Salvatore is one of the biggest writers after Tolkien but his stories are like a Hollywood movie.The girl the hero and a mix of tumble and jumps before Drizzt kills 50 orcs.I don't want somethink like this to huppen to ME.


Published: 4/10/2011 3:52:39 PM

You are taking one extreme versus another. That's not the answer. Lots of the world sees Chris tolkein as an A-hole, don't believe me, google his name plus A-hole. There is a way to make new Canonical fiction within the framework that J.R.R. left us without ruining his vision. Look at Isildur, that is a great book in my opinion and expands on the end of the Second Age and still fits in what was already created. Chris Tolkien has squandered what his father left him. Other 2 generational writing families have been able to continue with success. Dune has been expanded a lot since Frank died. Pern has continued under both mother who started it and now her son.

servant of the secret fire
Published: 4/10/2011 3:32:06 PM

Do a little research Toq and you will have your answer.Every company wich uses Lotr books wen they run out of ideas(or they don't have an idea what is ME) they ruin Tolkien's work.You need examples?

Lotr online:a world  with 2000 Hobbit champions and guardians in each server running arround.

Lotr TCG:the only ringbearer we didn't saw in this game was Bill the pony.

Desipher's Lotr rpg:just no comment

Lotr movies:anyone who saw the extended scenes(and not only those) wants to kick P.J.

I  can give you examples all day but i think you go it.

If you open Pandora's box there is no way back thats why i am with C.Tolkien's side.if those are the best ideas we can have to expand Tolkien's world then i wish C.Tolkien can take  Lotr rights back and keep them with his life.

Published: 4/10/2011 2:21:20 PM

Who said anything about 500 wizards ?

servant of the secret fire
Published: 4/10/2011 12:03:56 PM

What jhaalen said is exactly my point.Maybe some elves look feminine but that counts for the race of Men and for humans in real life.People who say that a whole race look feminine and it is a fact cause this is what you can read in the books is totaly wrong and they have never raid the books.

The opinion that elves look feminine or gay(i don't like that expression) like kids nowdays say comes from the video games and from mangas and how fashion magazines see men today and has nothing to do with Tolkien's elves.

Also if the best idea to expand  Tokien's world is 500 wizards or feminine elves then i wish to C.Tolkien live for ever.


Published: 4/10/2011 9:12:23 AM

Exactly my point thank you jhaelen. Sadly an IP like this has its fair share of fanatics who are a bit too into the books. Tolkien left a lot of room for interpretation and filling in the blanks of the world too. I only wish the world would get new books and expanded but sadly with Chris Tolkien holding the reins that will never happen. Maybe once he is gone.

DragonWhimsy we know that is Haldir as we have seen a copy of his card too.

Published: 4/10/2011 7:21:10 AM

"Beardless.slender,fair and lithe does not mean feminine or androgynous." Neither does it mean the opposite!

The descriptions are sufficiently vague to allow for pretty much every look except being small and obese (that would be the hobbits ;-)).

Published: 4/10/2011 3:55:31 AM

This is Haldir Of Lorien! An Ally card for Lore sphere.

Published: 4/10/2011 3:53:55 AM

 Sorry, DragonWhimsy, but it is indeed Haldir. You can find an image of the card on the forum.

Personally, whilst I'm not necessarily too keen on the artists' interpretations of Haldir, Legolas or Glorfindel (I believe the last is done by another artist), I have to admit that the artwork is absolutely top-notch, even if it doesn't match what I had imagined. I certainly think that the artwork for Legolas stands out; it really shows the talent of the artist!

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