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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Published: 4/10/2011 2:56:00 AM

You do realize there is no way to even know if that is Haldir? Maybe it's a female elf? You're all jumping to conclusions just because Haldir is mentioned in the story. It's silly.

The Spaniard
Published: 4/9/2011 5:13:49 PM
FFG Staff

And of which Wytefang is very well aware. Why don't you give the hostile commentary a rest, Tony, OK?


Published: 4/9/2011 5:06:11 PM

It's always the way FFG does things. They post up news of upcoming products 3 months in advance. Was the same thing when Warhammer was coming out. We knew of the expansions before the game was on shelves.

Published: 4/9/2011 5:04:12 PM

Toq, I was referring to it actually being on shelves first before we get posts about expansions.  My apologies for the confusing post.  Great news either way.

servant of the secret fire
Published: 4/9/2011 1:52:17 PM

Toqtamish what i wrote was not to make you have the same opinion with me.I just wrote what you can read in the books and that the opinion that elves look feminine and that this is a fact is totaly wrong.

If someone wen he/she reads the books thinks or imagine elves look feminine is his/her personal view and not a fact and he can't say that he/she is true and others are wrong.

If you ask me from the first time i raid the books i have never felt that elves look feminine or androgynous and i dont like wen i see an elf look like a girl.But again this is my personal opinion and i dont criticize other peoples opinion.


Published: 4/9/2011 12:45:54 PM

That's fine, Toqtamish. I prefer the artists interpretations I grew up with. Elves are fairer, both in appearance and (possibly) complexion, but otherwise like men.

Published: 4/9/2011 12:24:43 PM

Servant and Angle, I like this take on the Elves. They should look different. Somehow I doubt if Tolkien would really care. I think he left a lot of that stuff undescribed so everyone can have their own interpretation in their minds of how things "should" look. Remember he was writing a mythology. Everyone see's and interprets it in their own way. Including the artists of this game.

Published: 4/9/2011 12:13:31 PM

You can have my money. Just give me Radagast!

Published: 4/9/2011 11:55:39 AM

Amen, Servant of the Secret Fire.

Tolkien, in The Book of Lost Tales, even describes how strong, resilient and rugged Legolas is. Fair means attractive, not effiminate.

And they're not "otherworldly." They resemble men, or vice-versa since elves are the firstborn. Taller, more slender, fairer than men, but like men. And they resemble the Ainur in spirit only.

I've been a student of Tolkien since 1975, when I first read The Hobbit, and have since read nearly everything released. I've never seen anything in Tolkien's works that describes the fair folk as androgynous, or the elven male as effiminate.

servant of the secret fire
Published: 4/9/2011 11:31:56 AM

Tolkien has all the answers for you...

The Eldar grew in bodily form slower than men,but in mind more swiftly.They learned to speak before they were one year old and in the same time they learned to walk and dance for their wills came soon to the mastery of their bodies.Nonetheless there was less difference between the two kindreds,Elves and Men in early youth and a man who watched elf-children at play might well have believed that they were the chldren of Men,of some fair and happy people.

Now you can go and search in the books and you can read how Tolkien describes Legolas,Cirdan and other elves.You will not find anywere in the books the wards feminine or androgynous.Beardless.slender,fair and lithe does not mean feminine or androgynous.

I dont know who started this nonsens that elves look feminine or like a more mascul  woman but be sure that Tolkien never wrote somethink like this in his books.

Published: 4/9/2011 9:41:06 AM

I like the Elves, they don't just look like Humans with pointy ears. They actually look different and otherworldly. This is more how Elves should look than the Hollywood version.

Published: 4/9/2011 7:50:21 AM

 I too really like this interpretation of less masculine male elves. If it is Haldir on the cover, I really like their vision of him. Yes he looks slightly adrogynous, but he still looks like a badass. I don't think the two qualities need to be mutually exclusive.

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