Play after shadow cards have been dealt, before any attacks have resolved.
Combat Action: Each player may choose and discard 1 facedown shadow card from an enemy with which he is engaged.
"Dawn take you all, and be stone to you!" –Gandalf, The Hobbit
While Mirkwood Runner is attacking alone, the defending enemy does not count its .
"...let a ploughman plough, but choose an otter for swimming, and for running light over grass and leaf or over snow-an Elf."
–Legolas, The Fellowship of the Ring
Action: Move the top card of the encounter discard pile to the top of the encounter deck.
The wizard's face remained grave and attentive, and only a flicker in his deep eyes showed that he was startled and indeed alarmed. 'It has been called that before,' he said, 'but not by you.' –The Fellowship of the Ring
Having captured Gollum, you must now escort him through Mirkwood Forest for interrogation at Thranduil's Palace.
Setup: Search the encounter deck for Gollum. Choose a player to guard Gollum at the start of the game, and place Gollum in front of that player. Then shuffle the encounter deck. Reveal 1 card per player from the encounter deck, and add it to the staging area.
Mirkwood is always a dangerous place, but it is even worse with Gollum. Between the outbursts, tantrums, and the flying provisions, you are not afforded a moment's peace
As soon as he thinks that no one is watching, Gollum attempts to slip his bonds and escape.
As you make the final push to Thranduil's Palace, your enemies make a desperate attempt to ambush your party, and seize Gollum for themselves.
Forced: At the beginning of the combat phase, all enemies in play engage the player guarding Gollum.
Players cannot defeat this stage if there are any enemies in play. If players defeat this stage, they have won the game.
Damage from undefended attacks against you must be dealt to Gollum. If Gollum is destroyed, or if the player guarding Gollum is eliminated, the players have lost the game.
Forced: At the end of each round, raise the threat of the player guarding Gollum by 3. Then, that player may choose a new player to guard Gollum.