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Results: 107 Cards

Core Set (x1)
3A-B (0)

The trail winds into one of the darkest, most tangled parts of the forest...

You sense that foul, dark presence is hunting you, and you move quickly in an attempt to avoid its evil.

When Revealed: Each player must search the encounter deck and discard pile for 1 Spider card of his choice, and add it to the staging area.

The players must find and defeat Ungoliant's Spawn to win this game.

The shadows grow darker, and you realize that a foul presence is aiming to draw you from the path. You must defeat it to pass this way.


Core Set (x1)
1A-B (9)

The Lady Galadriel of Lórien has asked you to investigate the area in the vicinity of Dol Guldar. While doing so, one of your allies was ambushed by Orcs, captured, and is now held in a dungeon cell...

Setup: Search the encounter deck for the 3 objective cards, reveal and place them in the staging area. Also, place the Nazgûl of Dol Guldur face up but out of play, alongside the quest deck. Then, shuffle the encounter deck, and attach 1 encounter to each objective card.

When Revealed: Randomly select 1 hero card (among all the heroes controlled by the players) and turn it facedown. The hero is now considered a "prisoner", cannot be used, cannot be damaged, and does not collect resources, until it is "rescued" (as instructed by card effects) later in this quest.

The players, as a group, cannot play more than 1 ally card each round.

Players cannot advance to the next stage of this quest unless they have at least 1 objective card.


Core Set (x1)
2A-B (15)

Finding a hidden entrance to the dungeons of Dol Guldur at last, you attempt to make your way through the caverns beneath the hill, searching for your imprisoned friend. The denizens of this labyrinth stand in your way, while the jailors protect the prisoner.

Response: After placing any number of progress tokens on this card, flip the "prisoner" hero card face-up, and place 1 damage toke on it. The hero has been "rescued" and may now be used by its controller.

The players, as a group, cannot play more than 1 ally card each round.

Players cannot advance to the next stage of the quest unless they have rescued the prisoner and have all 3 "Escape from Dol Guldur" objective cards.


Core Set (x1)
3A-B (0)

When Revealed: Reveal 2 encounter cards per player, and add them to the staging area.

Skip the staging step of the quest phase for the remainder of the game.

Once there are no enemies in play, the players have won the game.

The ongoing harassment from your enemies has forced your raft to the shore, and you must now confront their ambush head on. If you survive this attack, your path to the Golden Wood should be open before you...


Two-Player Limited Edition Starter (x1)
2A-B (0)

As you search the caves of Nibin–D–m you are ambushed by Goblins!

When Revealed: Add Goblin Chieftain to the staging area. Each player searches the encounter deck and discard pile for a different enemy of his choice and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

The Goblins are led by a large chieftain who whips them into a frenzy. His soldiers attack you with reckless savagery and you struggle to gain the upper hand.

During the encounter phase, treat each enemy's engagement cost as if it were 0.

The stage gets +4 quest points for each enemy in play.


Two-Player Limited Edition Starter (x1)
3A-B (-)

The Goblins retreat down a dark tunnel, and you chase them into a large hall of many pillars. A wide chasm runs the width of the hall and the Goblins race across on a large plank. Their chieftain casts the plan into the depths of the chasm and disappeats, leaving you stranded on the other side.

When Revealed: Set Goblin Chieftain aside, out of play. Add Cracked Pillar to the staging area.

As you search for a way across, you see that one tall pillar near the edge of the chasm has cracked where it meets the ceiling. If you topple the pillar, it could serve to bridge the gap.

Forced: Reveal an additional encounter card during the quest phase.

Progress cannot be placed on Cracked Pillar while it is in the staging area.

After Cracked Pillar leaves play as an explored location, advance to stage 4A.


A Journey To Rhosgobel (x1)
3A-B (0)

Feeling tha time is runing out on Wilyador's life, you gather the Athelas you have found and head back to Rhosgobel. You arrive at night, wondering if you have found enough of the herb...

When Revealed: Heal 5 wounds from Wilyador for each Athelas objective card the players control.

If Wilyador is completely healed when this effect resolves, Wilyador survives and the players have won the game. Otherwise, the players have lost the game.


Khazad-dûm (x1)
1A-B (7)

Setup: Search the encounter deck for East-gate and Cave Torch. Put East-gate into play as the active location, and have the first player attach Cave Torch to a hero of his choice. Set First Hall and Bridge of Khazad-dûm aside, out of play. Shuffle the encounter deck.

You have been sent by the White Council to Moria, to deliver a message to Balin and his Dwarven colony. No one has heard from him in a while.

When Revealed: Reveal 1 encounter card per player, and add it to the staging area.

Player cannot advance to the next stage of the scenario unless Bridge of Khazad-dûm is in their victory display.

The doors of the East–gate hang crooked on their henges. The darkness inside the doorway is still and impenetrable, shutting out the last beams of a sinking sun.


Foundations of Stone (x1)
3A-B (0)

With a groan the ground crumbles under your feet, the entire section of the tunnel giving way to a deep darkness and the rush of water. There is a feeling of weightlessness, followed by the icy wet clutches of an underground river.

When Revealed: Discard all Item, Armor, Weapon and Light cards and all encounter deck cards from play, Shuffle all enemy and treachery cards in the encounter discard pile together with the Foundations of Stone encounter set. This deck becomes the new encounter deck. Remove all other encounter deck cards from the game. Then, starting with the first player, each player draws a random stage 4 quest card. Remove all other stage 4 quest cards from the game.


The Voice of Isengard (x1)
1A-B (6)

Riding north to the Gap of Rohan, you come upon a battle at the Fords of Isen. A Small number of Rohirrim have taken a defensive position, on the islet in the river's center where a large force of wild Dunlending assails them. You must move swifty lest the river run red with blood of Rohan...

Setup: Add The Islet to the staging area and attach Gríma to that location. Each player searches the encounter deck for 1 different Dunland enemy and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Time 5.

Forced: After the last time counter is removed from this stage, discard Gríma from play.

The players cannot advance unless the first player controls Gríma.


The Voice of Isengard (x1)
1A-B (9)

You've captured the Orc captain, Mugash, in the mountains above Isengard. But as you make your way down Methedras, your captive escaped and flees east into Fangorn.

Setup: Add Edge of Fangorn to the staging area and attach Mugash to that location. Shuffle the encounter deck. Reveal X additional encounter cards where X equals the number of players in the game minus 1.

Time 4.

Forced: After the last time counter is removed from this stage, shuffle Mugash into the encounter deck and advance to stage 3.

The players cannot advance to stage 2 unless Mugash is attached to a hero.

You pursue Mugash into the ancient forest to find that the trees themselves seems to be attacking him. Without thinking, your at the tree branches to rescue your captive. That is when you first sense your own peril...


The Nîn-in-Eilph (x1)
1A-B (0)

Setup: The first player takes control of Nalir. Set the Ancient Marsh-dweller aside, out of play. Each player searches the encounter deck for a different location and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

You've entered the vast marshlands of the Nin–in–Eilph with Nalir in order to escape Bellach and his Orcs. Now, you must cross the swamp in order to reach Hollin on the other side.

When Revealed: Advance to a random stage 2A.

No traveller has entered the Nîn–in–Eilph for an age and there is no path through the shifting marshland. You must find your own way across the treacherous bog.


Celebrimbor's Secret (x1)
1A-B (14)

Time 3.

Setup: Add Bellach, The Orcs%27 Search, and The Secret Chamber to the staging area. Attach Celebrimbor%27s Mould to The Secret Chamber. Each player adds a different Ost-in-Edhil location to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

You have finally reached the ruins of Ost–in–Edhil, but Bellach and his Orcs have arrived before you. They appear to be searching for the hidden chamber. If you want to reach it first, you will have to move quickly and carefully...

Time 3.

Forced: After the last time counter is removed from this stage, trigger each Scour effect currently in play. Place 3 time counters on this stage.

Bellach is immune to player card effects and cannot be engaged.

The players cannot advance unless Celebrimbor%27s Mould is attached to a hero.


The Lost Realm (x1)
1A-B (-)

You've pursued the remnants of an Orc war party east from the borders of Bree–land and into the wilderness beyond. Their trail climbs out of the lowlands and into the Weather Hills.

Setup: Set Orc Ambush and Amon Forn aside, out of play. Create the Orc deck (see insert) and set it next to the quest deck. Make Exposed Ridge the active location. Add Hunting the Orcs and 1 Weather Hilltop to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

As you pursue the Orcs, the weather itself turns against you. Now you must contend with the elements while you hunt the enemy.

The first Weather treachery card revealed each round gains Surge.surge.

Forced: After the active location is explored, reveal the top card of the Orc deck and resolve it as if it was just revealed from the encounter deck (reveal the top 2 cards instead if there are 3 or more players in the game).


Escape from Mount Gram (x1)
1A-B (-)

You have been captured and imprisoned by the goblins of Mount Gram.

Setup: Each player shuffles his starting hand into his deck. Each player prepares a separate captured deck (see insert). Each player adds 2 resources to his starting hero and sets his threat to that hero's threat cost. Set Southern Gate, Jailor Gornákh and the Angmar Orcs encounter set aside, out of play. Shuffle the encounter deck. Each player draws a new starting hand of 3 cards.

You have endured much during your imprisonment in Mount Gram at the hands of a cruel goblin known as Gornákh. But before you are taken north as prizes for "Lord Daechanar," Amarthiúl comes to your rescue. After he frees you, he slips off to find Iârion, whom you suspect is imprisoned nearby. Armed with only your wits and resolve, you must find the rest of your company.

When Revealed: Each player creates his own staging area and advances to a different stage 2A.


Escape from Mount Gram (x4)
2A-B (-)

Alone and without your equipment, you steel yourself and being to search for your companions and belongings.

Capture 7.

When Revealed: Search the encounter deck for 1 copy of Prison Cell, reveal it, and add it to your staging area. Then capture an additional 2 cards from the top of your captured deck underneath that copy of Prison Cell.

Capture 7.

Any time players would place progress on this quest, resuce an equal number of captured cards at random from underneath it instead. (Progress is placed on the active location before triggering this effect.)

Forced: If there are no captured cards underneath Gornákh's Dungeons, join another player at the beginning of the travel phase. If you cannot join another player, all players advance to stage 3A together.


The Treachery of Rhudaur (x1)
1A-B (-)

You have decided to explore the ruins of this ancient keep, but Thaurdir pursues you, and time is of the essence.

Setup: Make The Great Hall the active location. Set Thaurdir aside, out of play. Add the 3 Treachery of Rhudaur side quests to the staging area, quest side faceup. Search the encounter deck for 1 copy of Ancient Causeway, and add it to the staging area (2 copies instead if there are 3 or 4 players in the game). The first player gains control of Amarthiúl.

Time 5. Forced After the last time counter is removed from Secrets of Rhudaur, remove each Treachery of Rhudaur side quests from the game and immediately advance to stage_2.

During the quest phase, Secrets of Rhudaur cannot be chosen as the current quest.
If there are no Treachery of Rhudaur side quests in play, immediately advance to stage_2.


The Dread Realm (x1)
2A-B (-)

A final scream fills the dreadful halls of Carn Dûm, and you suspect the worst. As you enter the site of Daechanar's dark ritual, your fears come to life. Iârion stands before you, cracking his neck and gripping the blade at his side tightly, as though testing his muscles. Only it isn't him.

When Revealed: Add Daechanar to the staging area. Make Altar of Midwinter the active location, returning any previously active location to the staging area. Each player reanimates the top card of his deck.

Daechanar, in the body of your ally Iârion, laughs wickedly. Despair and frustration are the only thoughts that enter your mind. In the end, you were too late to stop this cruel fate. "Finally! Yes, this body will do nicely." the wraith wearing the guise of your friend muses. He draws his blade.

Reanimated Dead are Undead enemies with 2 , 2 , 2 and 2 hit points.

When Daechanar is defeated, advance to the next stage.


The Dread Realm (x1)
3A-B (-)

The imposter in Iârion's body collapses in agony, and a piercing shriek echoes the halls as the sorcerer exits Iârion. "Thank you," Iârion says with a pained smile before his eyes close for the last time. Before you can mourn your loss, the walls begin to shake and crack. The catacombs are collapsing!

When Revealed: If there are less than X locations in the staging area, search the encounter deck and discard pile and add locations to the staging area until there are X locations in staging area. X is the number of players in the game.

Reanimated Dead are Undead enemies with 2 , 2 , 2 and 2 hit points.

Progress that would be placed on this quest is instead placed on locations in the staging area, divided as you choose.

Forced: At the end of the quest phase, if there are any locations in play, deal 1 damage to all characters in play. If there are no locations in play, the players have escaped Carn Dûm, and win the game.


The Grey Havens (x1)
2A-B (-)

Markings on Adûnaic suggest the existence of a grand shrine somewhere on the island. Perhaps there, you will find answers.

When Revealed: Add 2 copies of Lost Island from the top of the Uncharted deck to the staging area. Add Shrine to Morgoth to the staging area, Lost Island side faceup. Remove all progress from each Uncharted location in the staging area and shuffle them so that the players do not know which one is which.

You search for the shrine, unsure of its exact location...

Forced: After a location is explored, if it would be shuffled into the Uncharted deck, add it to the victory display instead.

The players cannot defeat this stage unless Shrine to Morgoth is in the victory display. When Shrine to Morgoth is added to the victory display, the players win the game.


The Grey Havens (x1)
2A-B (-)

A menacing ship leads the raiders, its charismatic captain bellowing orders to the Corsairs: ”Kill the defenders!” he shouts. ”Destroy their ships!”

When Revealed: Add Na’asiyah and Captain Sahír to the staging area, enemy side faceup. Each player reveals the top card of the encounter deck. Place resources on Na’asiyah and Captain Sahír equal to the amount of damage on the Dream-chaser. Add 1 resource to each other Raider enemy in play.

Any time players would place progress on this quest, remove an equal amount of damage from locations in play instead. (Progress is placed on the active location before triggering this effect.)

Each Raider enemy revealed by the encounter deck enters play with 1 resource on it.

If Captain Sahír is in the victory display and each location in play has no damage, the players win the game.


The Thing in the Depths (x1)
2A-B (0)

Sahír and Na'asiyah prove to be worthy adversaries, but before you can finish the fight, the entire ship starts to shudder and shake violently. The battle stops as both parties look about, startled. All of a sudden, tentacle arms burst forth from all around the Stormcaller, grabbing a hold of the deck and the masts, punching through the hull of the ship. Deadly, spiked arms lash about at friend and foe alike, and the entire ship creaks, slowly crushed by the arms of a giant sea–beast. The Corsairs lock eyes with you, and you nod in a silent truce.

When Revealed: Flip Captain Sahír and Na'asiyah to their objective sides, removing all tokens from them. Search the encounter deck, discard pile and all play areas for each encounter card from the Corsair Raiders encounter set and remove each of those cards from the game. Add The Thing in the Depths to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter discard pile and the set aside The Thing in the Depths encounter set into the encounter deck. Advance to stage 3.


The Thing in the Depths (x1)
3A-B (0)

With your fleet too far to assist, you must help the Corsairs defend the Stormcaller from destruction, or else you will surely join them in the bottom of the ocean.

When Revealed: Discard cards from the top of the encounter deck until X Tentacle enemies are discarded, where X is 1 more than the number of players in the game. Resolve the Grapple keyword on each of those enemies.

During the travel phase, the players may travel to a location in the staging area even if another location is currently active. If they do, return the currently active location to the staging area.

At the end of the round, if the total of any one Ship location is 9 or higher, the Stormcaller is destroyed, and the players lose the game.

When Thing in the Depths is destroyed, the players win the game.


The Drowned Ruins (x1)
1A-B (15)

In the sunken ruins of the temple, you find a grotto leading deep below the sea level. Much of the grotto is submerged underwater.

Setup: Set Shrine to Morgoth aside, out of play. Prepare the Grotto deck. Add the top 2 locations from the Grotto deck to the staging area, Grotto side faceup (the top 3 instead if there are 3 or more players in the game). The first player takes control of Captain Sahír, and the last player takes control of Na'asiyah (objective-ally sides faceup).

While an underwater location is the active location, players cannot play attachments or allies.

Forced: After a double-sided location is explored, add the top location from the Grotto deck to the staging area, Grotto side faceup.

You cannot advance unless there are at least 3 Underwater locations in the victory display.


A Storm on Cobas Haven (x1)
2A-B (16)

The Corsair fleet seems to be attacking multiple key locations simultaneously. To stop the attack, you must defend Dol Amroth from the Corsair ships.

When Revealed: Search the encounter deck and discard pile for a Ship enemy and add it to the staging area (2 Ship enemies instead if there are 3 or 4 players in the game). Shuffle the encounter deck. For each unguarded objective in the staging area, attach a non-unique Ship enemy in the staging area to that objective, guarding it.

Sailing.

If your current heading is at the worst setting (Stormy), Raider Flagship gets -50 engagement cost.

You cannot advance while at least 1 objective is guarded by an encounter.


The City of Corsairs (x1)
2A-B (-)

Suddenly, all of the beacons and lights along the watch–tower are snuffed as fog rolls in from the west. "Pull up the sails!" you hear, but it is too late. The Corsair ships turn at once, and the Dream–chaser smashes into the rocks. You are plunged into the cold waters, struggling to stay afloat.

When Revealed: Each player assigns damage among non-Ship characters he controls equal to the total damage on each Ship objective he controls. Discard all Ship enemies, Ship objective and Ocean locations in play.

Your ships have shattered upon the rocks. You barely manage to make it to shore.

When Revealed: Shuffle the Corsair deck and Corsair discard pile into the second encounter deck. Search the encounter deck and discard piule for each copy of Battle-hardened and each copy of Watch Tower, shuffle them into the second encounter deck. Set the current encounter deck and discard pil aside, inactive. The second encounter deck becomes the active encounter deck. Advance to stage 3.


The City of Corsairs (x1)
4A-B (-)

You chase Sahír through the streets, eventually cornering him in the broken monument atop a hill overlooking the city. He grins as you confront him. "You're not easy to kill," he scoffs, and unsheaths a long dark blade.

When Revealed: Add The Shattered Monument to the staging area. Put Captain Sahír into play, engaged with the first player. Each player searches the encounter deck and discard pile for an enemy and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck. Add 1 resource to each Raider enemy in play.

Sahír cackles, a crazed look in his eyes. "With the power of this sword, I will rule the seas from here to the Grey Havens!"

While any enemy has resources on it, Captain Sahír is indestructible.

Forced: When a hero or enemy is destroyed, add its resources to Captain Sahír.

If Captain Sahír is destroyed, the players have finally put an end to the Corsair's treacherous plot and win the game.


The Sands of Harad (x1)
1A-B (0)

A tribe of Haradrim has rescued you, but their village is attacked by Orcs!

Setup: Set Uruk Chieftain aside, out of play. Each player adds 1 copy of Sauron's Enforcers to the staging area. Move each hero to the staging area. Each player takes control of an objective-hero and adds 2 resources to its resource pool. Remove each remaining objective-hero from the game. For the remainder of the game, heroes in the staging area are in play but under no player's control, immune to player card effects, and their text boxes are considered to be blank.

Damage from undefended attacks must be dealt to a hero in the staging area, if able.

The first card each player plays each phase does not require a resource match.

Forced: After placing progress from questing successfully, each player chooses a hero he owns in the staging area and, takes control of that hero, and exhausts it. Advance to stage 2A.


The Mûmakil (x1)
1A-B (12)

After seeing his village destroyed by Sauron's Orcs, Kahliel has decided to travel north with you to Gondor. But it is a long road, and you will need mounts to ride. So your Haradrim allies have led you into the great jungle of Harad in search of the might Mumakil.

Setup: Set each copy of Wild M–mak and each Capture objective aside, out of play. Each player adds 1 different location to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

The jungle is full of danger. The Haradrim warn you to stay alert lest the hunters become the hunted.

Forced: After the active location leaves play as an explored location, shuffle 1 set aside Wild M–mak into the encounter deck.

The players cannot advance unless the number of Wild M–mak in play is equal to the number of players.


Race Across Harad (x1)
1A-B (0)

Emerging from your hunt in the great jungle of the south, you set out across the vast desert of Harad on your long journey north to Gondor.

Setup: Set Ford of Harnen and 1 copy of Uruk Warg-rider aside, out of play. Each player takes control of a Tamed Mumak. Remove each remaining Tamed Mumak from the game. Create the Orc's area with a second quest deck consisting of stage 1C, 2C, 3C, and 4C as well as Uruk Chieftain.

Riding atop the Oliphaunts that you captured in the jungle, you set an easy pace.

When Revealed: Each player searches the encounter deck for 1 different location and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck. Advance to stage 2A.


The Crossings of Poros (x1)
1A-B (-)

You have escaped the dungeons of Cirith Gurat with the rescued members of Kahliel's tribe, but it's still a long way to Gondor.

Setup: Set Poros Garrison and each of the following encounter sets aside, out of play: Mountains of Shadow, Desert Sands, Desert Creatures, Harad Soldiers, and Mordor Orcs. The first player adds The Black Serpent to the staging area and shuffles the encounter deck. Each other player reveals an encounter card.

By now the Orcs will be searching for their escaped prisoners, and The Black Serpent will be seeking revenge against the outlaws who ambushed his caravan. You cannot hope to outrun your enemies with the exhausted refugees in your care, so you consult with Kahliel to decide the safest way north.

Allies enter play exhausted.

Forced: At the end of the planning phase, advance to a random stage 2.


The Wilds of Rhovanion (x1)
1A-B (-)

After several days of traveling through Mirkwood, you awaken suddenly in the night to see dozens of hungry eyes glaring at you from the darkness.

Setup: Set the Spiders of Mirkwood and Dol Guldur Orcs encounter sets aside, out of play. The first player takes control of Haldan and adds Searching for a Way Out to the staging area. Each player adds 1 Forest Spider to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

There is a bitter fight not only to drive back the spiders but to avoid being separated in the pitch black. When the first light of dawn rises to reveal your surroundings, you see only endless trees and no sign of your path. You begin searching about for some type of landmark to point you in the right direction.

Each player's threat cannot be reduced by player card effect.

Forced: After an enemy engages a player, raise that player's threat by 1.


The Wilds of Rhovanion (x1)
2A-B (-)

You've got a better idea of where you are, but you have unfortunately wandered too far north and into the territory of the giant spiders of Mirkwood.

When Revealed: Shuffle the Spiders of Mirkwood encounter set into the encounter deck. Then, reveal 1 encounter card per player.

You fight to keep the spiders at bay as you continue to search for landmarks or a better view of the forest to find your way out.

The first Spider enemy revealed each quest phase gains surge.

Forced: When a Spider enemy attacks and damages a character, that character cannot ready until the end of the round.


The Wilds of Rhovanion (x1)
2C-D (-)

You've got a better idea of where you are, but you have unfortunately wandered too far south and into the territory of the Orcs of Dol Guldur.

When Revealed: Shuffle the Dol Guldur Orcs encounter set into the encounter deck. Then, reveal 1 encounter card per player.

You fight to keep the Orcs at bay as you continue to search for landmarks or a better view of the forest to find your way out.

The first Orc enemy revealed each quest phase gains surge.

Forced: When an Orc enemy attacks and damages a character, that character's controller chooses and discards 1 card from his hand.


The Wilds of Rhovanion (x1)
3A-B (-)

As night falls some of your companions are carried off by unseen foes. You follow the sound of their cries in order to rescue them.

When Revealed: Each player chooses a hero he controls, discards each token and attachment from that hero, and places it in the staging area. Each player discards cards from the top of the encounter deck until an enemy is discarded and attaches that enemy to the hero he owns in the staging area, guarding it.

Each enemy guarding a hero cannot take non-combat damage. Each guarded hero is in play but under no player's control.

Forced: When an enemy guarding a hero is defeated, return that hero to its owner's control exhausted.

When the players advance from this stage, discard each guarded hero.


The Wilds of Rhovanion (x1)
3C-D (-)

Exhaustion begins to take its toll as you stumble through the endless forest. Supplies grow sparse and you struggle to find anything that can help.

When Revealed: Each player discards cards from the top of the encounter deck until he discards a non-objective lcoation and adds it to the staging area. Each player places his hand of cards facedown under a different location in the staging area.

Each location gets +1 quest point for each facedown player card under it.

Forced: When a location with a facedown player card under it is explored, return each facedown player card under it to its owner's hand.

When the players advance from this stage, discard each facedown player card under a location.


The Wilds of Rhovanion (x1)
1A-B (0)

You have tracked the beast that attacked the village on the border of Brand's realm to the mines beneath the Iron Hills. The Dwarves there have been driven from the lower depths by a new terror, and the mines have become a haunt for evil creatures.

Setup: Build the Caves deck (see insert) and set it next to the quest deck. Set Fire-drake, Dragon Hoard, and the Dragon Might encounter sets aside, out of play. Shuffle the encounter deck. Each player discards cards from the top of the encounter deck until he discards an enemy or location and adds that card to the staging area.

Forced: At the beginning of the quest phase, discard cards from the top of the encounter deck until a location is discarded. Either add that location to the staging area, or raise each player's threat by X, where X is that location's printed

This stage cannot be defeated unless there are 3 locations with victory points in the victory display.


The Wilds of Rhovanion (x1)
2A-B (-)

A bright flame splits the darkness, and your fears are confirmed: it was a dragon you tracked from the village. The fire–drake chased the Dwarves from their mines, and you must search out its lair somewhere in the lower depths.

When Revealed: Place Dragon Hoard on the bottom of the Caves deck. Add Fire-drake to the staging area and shuffle the Dragon Might encounter set into the encounter deck.

Fire-drake cannot leave the staging area or take damage.

Response: After placing progress here from questing successfully, remove 5 progress from this stage to look at the top 2 cards of the Caves deck. Put one on top of the Caves deck and put the other on the bottom.

After The Dragon Hoard becomes the active location, advance to stage 3A.


The Wilds of Rhovanion (x1)
3A-B (-)

The cavern around you trembles as the dragon roars and spews fire from its mouth. For a moment, the terrifying form of the beast is lit by red–orange flame and it all becomes clear to you: the huge fire–drake must be responsible for the upheaval you've encountered in Wilderland. The Iron Hills and the realm of Dale will not be safe until the dragon is dead.

When Revealed: Search the encounter deck and discard pile for a Dragon treachery and attach it to Fire-drake, if able. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Ignore the Deep keyword.

Forced: After a player declares X attackers against Fire-drake, he must remove X progress tokens from the main quest or cancel the attack.

This stage cannot be defeated while Fire-drake is in play. If Fire-drake is defeated, the players win the game.


The Withered Heath (x1)
4A-B (0)

At last you have cornered the injured Dragon. But with nowhere left to run, it attacks you with desperate fury. The men of Dale will make songs of this battle, if you survive to tell the story...

When Revealed: Add Cold-Drake to the staging area. It makes an immediate attack against each player in turn order. (Deal and resolve a shadow card for each attack.)

Cold-Drake cannot take more than X damage each round, where X is the number of Dragon Signs in the victory display.

Forced: At the beginning of the quest phase, return Cold-Drake to the staging area. It makes an immediate attack against each player in turn order.

This stage cannot be defeated while Cold-Drake is in play. When Cold-Drake is defeated, the players win the game.


Roam Across Rhovanion (x1)
1A-B (-)

The Goblin, Urdug, has agreed to show you a secret entrance to Mount Gundabad, but only if you help him recover some things he lost in Rhovanion.

Setup: The first player takes control of Urdug, objective side face-up. Set each other objective and objective-ally aside, out of play. Shuffle the encounter deck and discard cards from the top until X locations are discarded, where X is the number of players. Add each discarded location to the staging area.

You have agreed to help the Goblin in return for his assistance, but you keep a wary eye on him all the same.

Progress cannot be placed on locations in the staging area.

Forced: When the active location is explored, if the first player controls Urdug, advance to a random stage 2A.


Mount Gundabad (x1)
1A-B (-)

Mount Gundabad rises before you, and the Dragon, Dagnir, waits within.

Setup: Add Dagnir to the staging area and set The First Forge aside, out of play. Create the Caves deck and the quest deck (see insert). Attach Wormsbane to a hero, Broken side face-up. Shuffle the encounter deck and discard cards from the top until X locations have been discarded, where X is 1 less than the number of players in the game. Add those locations to the staging area.

It doesn't take you long to discover Urdug's secret entrance, and with a turn from Durin's Key the way into Mount Gundabad lies open before you. You must find Durin's Forge, repair Wormsbane, and use it to kill Dagnir.

Forced: At the end of the planning phase, the first player looks at the top 2 cards of the quest deck and chooses 1 to place on the bottom of the quest deck. Then, add The Side Door to the victory display and advance to the top stage 2A of the quest deck.


Mount Gundabad (x1)
2A-H (-)

The interior of Gundabad is dark and vast. Only by exploring the mines can you find your way.

When Revealed: Return Dagnir to the staging area.

If Exploring Gundabad is the current main quest, do not flip it over until the beginning of the quest phase.

Dagnir gets -5 engagement cost for each character the first player controls.

Response: After a player resolve an attack against Dagnir, if Dagnir has no hit points remaining, that player may discard a Reforged Wormsbane he controls to add Dagnir to the victory display. Then, the players win the game.

At the end of the combat phase, if there are 4 or fewer quests in the victory display, the players must bypass this stage.


The Fate of Wilderland (x1)
1A-B (-)

Dagnir is dead. In a move long–planned, Urdug has returned with an army of Goblins to lay claim to Gundabad and the Dragon's Wealth.

Setup: Add The Goblins' Assault, The Heroes' Defense, and Urdug to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck and discard cards from the top until X enemies are discarded, where X is the number of players in the game. Add those enemies to the staging area.

Goblins swarm up the mountain slopes and you fight to keep them back.

Forced: At the end of the round, place 1 progress on The Goblins' Assault for each enemy in the staging area. Then, if there is X or more progress on The Goblins' Assault, advance. X is equal to 2, plus 2 per player.


The Fate of Wilderland (x1)
2A-B (-)

A new force of Goblins has scaled the cliff above the gate and attacks you from the rear.

When Revealed: Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck and discard cards from the top until X enemies are discarded, where X is number of players in the game. Add those enemies to the staging area.

Hammered now on two fronts, you struggle to hold the gate.

Forced: After an enemy attacks, place 1 progress on The Goblins' Assault.

Forced: At the end of the round, if there is X or more progress on The Goblins' Assault, advance. X is equal to 4, plus 4 per player.


The Fate of Wilderland (x1)
3A-B (-)

Urdug commits the last of his reserves to the attack. Weary as you are from fighting so long, you reel at this fresh assault.

When Revealed: Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck and discard cards from the top until X enemies are discarded, where X is the number of players in the game. Add those enemies to the staging area.

Your saga through Rhovanion has reached its final test. If you fail, the Goblins of Gundabad will reestablish themseleves as a threat to the North and all your achievements will be for naught. The fate of Wilderland is in your hands.

Forced: At the end of the round, place 1 progress on the Goblins' Assault for each enemy in play. Then, if there is X or more progress on The Goblins' Assault, the players lose the game. X is equal to 8, plus 8 per player.


A Shadow in the East (x1)
2A-B (0)

Your investigation has found that the rumors are true: a cult of Sauron worshippers has taken root in Dorwinion, and they are plotting to overthrow the peaceful country.

When Revealed: Add 1 random set aside Plot objective to the staging area. Reveal 1 encounter card per player.

You must find the leader of the cult in order to put an end to this evil plot.

Forced: After the active location leaves play as an explored location, reveal the top card of the encounter deck. Then, place 1 resource here.

This stage cannot be defeated unless there are at least X resources here, where X is 3 more than the number of players.


A Shadow in the East (x1)
3A-B (-)

You have discovered the cult's secret meeting place in the catacombs below the city.

When Revealed: Add 1 random set-aside Cultist enemy to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck and discard cards until X enemies are discarded, where X is one less than the number of players. Add each enemy discarded this way to the staging area.

Inside the catacombs you see evidence of evil deeds done in Sauron's name, and the leader of the cult at the center of it. You must defeat this agent of Mordor in order order to put an end to these atrocities.

The Cultist cannot take more than X damage each round, where X is the printed quest points of the active location.

When the Cultist enemy is defeated, the players win the game.


A Shadow in the East (x1)
1A-B (-)

Your search for the missing Dorwinions has led you up the mountains of Rh–n. There you discover the remains of an ancient temple built to honor Sauron during the dark years of Middle–earth.

Setup: Shuffle each of the stage 2 quest cards together and place them facedown under this stage. Create The Power of Mordor deck (see insert) and set it next to the quest deck. Add Thane Ulchor and Tribute to Mordor to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

The journey to reach this place has been difficult and you take a moment to prepare yourself before entering the dark temple.

Skip the quest phase.

Forced: At the end of the planning phase, place 1 resource token here. Then, if there are 2 resource tokens here, add this stage to the victory display and advance to the topmost stage 2A.


A Shadow in the East (x1)
2A-B (0)

At the center of a large temple room is a hideous state of Sauron seated upon an iron throne. It is a terrible reminder of the darkness that awaits Middle–earth should you fail in your vigilance.

When Revealed: Reveal 1 encounter card per player.

This stage gets +4 quest points per player.

Forced: At the beginning of the quest phase, each player discards 1 card from his hand. Until the end of the round, no more than X progress can be placed on this stage. X is the total cost of each card discarded by this effect.

While there are 4 quest stages in the victory display, progress cannot be placed here.


Challenge of the Wainriders (x1)
1A-B (0)

The Wainriders have challenged you to a chariot race. Win, and you earn your freedom. Lose, and the Wainriders will sell you as prisoners to Mordor.

Setup: Build the circuit (see insert). Place The Wainriders and The Challengers objective cards at this stage. The first player adds Wainrider Champion to the staging area. Each other player adds 1 different location to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Race. This stage gets +4 quest points per player.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, make a racing test. To pass requires 1 STRAIGHT result, plus an additional STRAIGHT result for each stage you have completed this round. If the players pass the test, excess progress is placed on the next stage. If the players fail the test, each player discards 1 random card from his hand.


Challenge of the Wainriders (x1)
2A-B (0)

The Wainriders have created a track that winds around their camp. The first part of the track is an open field that the racers sprint across to gain position before the track narrows.

Race. This stage gets +4 quest points per player.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, make a racing test. To pass requires 1 STRAIGHT result, plus an additional STRAIGHT result for each stage you have completed this round. If the players pass the test, excess progress is placed on the next stage. If the players fail the test, deal 1 damage to each character.


Challenge of the Wainriders (x1)
3A-B (0)

At the far end of the Wainrider's track is a sharp turn along the side of a ravine. The racers have to pull hard on their reins to keep their horses from charging over the edge.

Race. This stage gets +4 quest points per player.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, make a racing test. To pass requires 1 TURN result, plus an additional TURN result for each stage you have completed this round. If the players pass the test, excess progress is placed on the next stage. If the players fail the test, each player discards an ally he controls.


Challenge of the Wainriders (x1)
4A-B (0)

After navigating a dangerous turn, the Wainrider's track wanders through difficult terrain at the far edge of their camp.

Race. This stage gets +4 quest points per player.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, make a racing test. To pass requires 1 STRAIGHT result, plus an additional STRAIGHT result for each stage you have completed this round. If the players pass the test, excess progress is placed on the next stage. If the players fail the test, reveal the top card of the encounter deck (top 2 cards instead if there are 3 or more players).


Challenge of the Wainriders (x1)
5A-B (0)

Before returning to the camp. the Wainrider's track climbs a steep hill that rises above the plains surrounding it.

Race. This stage gets +4 quest points per player.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, make a racing test. To pass requires 1 STRAIGHT result, plus an additional STRAIGHT result for each stage you have completed this round. If the players pass the test, excess progress is placed on the next stage. If the players fail the test, place 2 damage per player on The Wainriders' stage.


Challenge of the Wainriders (x1)
6A-B (0)

The final sprint of the Wainrider's track is another sharp turn at the bottom of the last climb. The drivers push themseleves to take the turn as fast as they can in order to finish ahead of the competition.

Race. This stage gets +4 quest points per player.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, make a racing test. To pass requires 1 TURN result, plus an additional TURN result for each stage you have completed this round. If the players pass the test, excess progress is placed on the next stage. If the players fail the test, this stage is not defeated and all progress here is discarded.


The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill (x1)
1A-B (0)

After a refreshing stay in the House of Elrond, Bilbo and his companions resumed their quest for the Lonely Mountain. But to reach Erebor, they first had to climb the high pass over the Misty Mountains.

Setup: Shuffle the Over the Misty Mountains Grim and Western Lands encounter sets into one encounter deck and make it the active encounter deck. Then, shuffle the The Great Goblin and Misty Mountain Goblins encounter sets into a second encounter deck and set it aside, inactive.

When Revealed: Each player may search his deck for 1 treasure card and add it to his hand, then shuffle his deck. Advance to stage 2A.


The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill (x1)
3A-B (0)

"Dawn take you all, and be stone to you!" said a voice that sounded like William's but it wasn't. For just at that moment the light came over the hill, and there was a mighty twitter in the branches. William never spoke for he stood turned to stone as he stooped; and Bert and Tom were stuck like rocks as they looked at him. –The Hobbit

When Revealed: Remove all Troll enemies and Sack cards from the game. If Troll Cave is in the victory display, the players have discovered the treasure cards Sting, Glamdring, and Orcrist.

The players have won the game.


The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill (x1)
1A-B (14)

After killing the Great Goblin, Bilbo's companions fought to win their escape from the goblins. By the time they realized that Bilbo had been lost in the darkness, it was too late to turn back and search for him.

Setup: Add Lake in the Cavern to the staging area. Create a riddle area with stage 2A and follow the setup instructions on that card.

Players cannot advance to stage 3A unless both 1B and 2B are complete.

Forced: Reveal 1 additional encounter card per player during the staging step.


The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill (x1)
2A-B (9)

During the confusion, bilbo stumbled won a tunnel and into Gollum's cave. There the Hobbit had to outwit the creature Gollum in a dangerous riddle contest to discover the way out.

Setup: Search the encounter deck for Gollum and Bilbo's Magic Ring. Place Gollum and Bilbo Baggins in the riddle area and attach Bilbo's Magic Ring to Bilbo Baggins. Then, shuffle the encounter deck.

Players cannot advance to stage 3A unless both 1B and 2B are complete.

Progress tokens cannot be added to, or removed from, this quest except by answering riddles.

Cards in the riddle area are immune to player card effects and cannot leave the riddle area except by quest effects.


The Hobbit: On the Doorstep (x1)
2A-B (8)

Bard and some of the nimblest of men and elves climbed to the height of the Eastern shoulder to gain a view of the North. Soon they could see the lands before the Mountain's feet black with a hurrying multitude. –The Hobbit

Players cannot advance from this stage unless stage 3 and stage 4 are complete.

Forced: If there is no progress on this stage at the end of the round, each player must discard 1 random card from his hand.


The Hobbit: On the Doorstep (x1)
3A-B (8)

As soon as the host of their enemies was dense in the valley, they sent against it a shower of arrows, and each flickered as it fled as if with stinging fire. Behind the arrows a thousand of their spearmen leapt down and charged. The yells were deafening. The rocks were stained black with goblin blood. –The Hobbit

Battle.

Players cannot advance from this stage unless stage 2 and stage 4 are complete.

Forced: If there is no progress on this stage at the end of the round, the first player adds the topmost enemy in the discard pile to the staging area, if able.


The Hobbit: On the Doorstep (x1)
4A-B (8)

On all this Bilbo looked with misery. He had taken his stand on Ravenhill among the Elves – partly because there was more chance of escape from that point, and partly (with the more Tookish part of his mind) because if he was going to be in a last desperate stand, he preferred on the whole to defend the Elvenking. –The Hobbit

Siege.

Players cannot advance from this stage unless stage 2 and stage 3 are complete.

Forced: If there is no progress on this stage at the end of the round, each player must discard all resources from each hero's resource pool.


The Black Riders (x1)
1A-B (1)

The ring Frodo Baggins inherited from his uncle Bilbo is indeed The One Ring. After conferring with the wizard Gandalf, Frodo decides to leave the Shire and take the ring to Rivendell.

Setup: Set Buckleberry Ferry aside, out of play. Add 1 Black Rider to the staging area and make Bag End the active location. Shuffle the encounter deck.

When a player fails a Hide test, each Nazgûl enemy in the staging area engages that player. (Trigger Forced effects after resolving this effect.)

The player cannot advance unless Bag End is in the victory display.

Frodo's friend insist on joining him in his adventure, but danger finds them sooner than anticipated when Black Riders appear in the Shire.


The Black Riders (x1)
1A-B (8)

Frodo and his companions arrive at Bree to find the shadow of the Black Riders already on the crossroads town. Unsure of who to trust, they decide to lodge at The Prancing Pony. There they meet a friend of Gandalf named Strider who offers to lead them to Rivendell, but their movements are also tracked by less savory folk.

Setup: Set all copies of Ringwraith, The Witch-king, Midgewater, and Weathertop aside, out of play. Add The Prancing Pony and Bill Ferny to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

The player cannot advance while The Prancy Pony is in play.

In dark and loneliness they are strongest; they will not openly attack a house where there are lights and many people – not until they are desperate, not while all the long leagues of Eriador still lie before us. But their power is in terror, and already some in Bree are in their clutch. They will drive these wretches to some evil work: Ferny, and some of the strangers, and, maybe, the gatekeeper too.
–Strider, The Fellowship of the Ring


The Black Riders (x1)
2A-B (6)

His plan, as far as they could understand it without knowing the country, was to go towards Archet at first, but to bear right and pass it on the east, and then to steer as straight as he could over the wild lands to Weathertop Hill. In that way they would, if all went well, cut off a great loop of the Road, which further on bent southwards to avoid the Midgewater Marshes. But, of course, they would have to pass through the marshes themselves, and Strider's description of them was not encouraging. -The Fellowship of the Ring

When Revealed: Add Midgewater to the staging area. Each player places 1 progress on the current quest.

Forced: At the end of the round, eithe remove X progress from the current quest or shuffle 1 out of play Ringwraith into the encounter deck. X is the number of players in the game.

The players cannot advance while Midgewater is in play.


The Black Riders (x1)
1A-B (15)

Frodo has been gravely injured in the attack on Weathertop and will perish if his companions cannot bring him to Rivendell in time. Strider leads the Hobbits towards the hidden valley, anxiously listening for the sound of Black Riders...

Setup: Shuffle each burden card from the Flight to the Ford burden set into a Burden deck. Attach An Evil Wound to the Ring-bearer. Set Ford of Bruinen and The Witch-king aside, out of play. Add The Last Bridge and 1 Fell Rider per player to the staging area. Set the Ring-bearer's life at 15. Shuffle the encounter deck.

The players cannot advance unless The Last Bridge is in the victory display.

Forced: At the end of the round, reduce the Ring-bearer's life by 1.


The Road Darkens (x1)
2A-B (9)

Then there came an echoing blast: a great horn was blown in the hall, and answering horns and harsh cries were heard further off. There was a hurrying sound of many feet. –The Fellowship of the Ring

When Revealed: Add Chamber of Mazarbul to the staging area.

If there are no enemies in the staging area at the beginning of the quest phase, the first player reveals an additional encounter card during the staging step.

The players cannot advance unless there are X resource tokens on this stage. X is the number of players times 3.

Forced: After an enemy is defeated, place 1 resource token on this stage.


The Road Darkens (x1)
1A-B (12)

Having barely escaped from Moria, the Company of the Ring flees into the forest of Lórien where they are welcomed by the Elves of the Golden Wood and supplied with boats and other gifts by their Lord and Lady, Celeborn and Galadriel. Then, after a brief rest, they set out upon the River Anduin.

Setup: Set Frodo's Choice, Seat of Seeing, and Parth Galen aside, out of play. Add The Argonath and Sarn Gebir to the staging area.

Enemies get +2 and cannot be engaged. Skip the encounter phase.

The players cannot advance while The Argonath is in play.

So the Company went on their long way, down the wide hurrying waters, borne ever southwards. Bare woods stalked along either bank, and they could not see any glimpse of the lands behind. –The Fellowship of the Ring


The Treason of Saruman (x1)
1A-B (-)

The pursuit of the Uruk–hai has brought the Heir of Elendil to Rohan just as Saruman declares war on that land. Aragorn and his companions travel to Edoras to aid King Théoden, but their arrival is met with suspicion...

Setup: Set The Defense of Helm's Deep and 1 copy of Deeping Wall aside, out of play. Each player sets 1 copy of Soldier of Isengard aside, out of play. Then, the players must choose: either each player shuffles 1 copy of Poisoned Counsels into his deck, or advance to stage 2A (bypassing stage 1B).

When Revealed: Each player chooses 1 ally in his hand that matches the sphere of a hero he controls and puts it into play under his control.

Skip the quest phase and combat phase.

Forced: At the end of the round, advance to stage 2A.

"Hail, Théoden son of Thengel! I have returned. For behold! the storm comes, and now all friends should gather together..." –Gandalf, The Two Towers


The Treason of Saruman (x1)
5A-B (-)

As dawn breaks in the East, a blast from Helm's Horn echoes in the valley and the Riders of Rohan charge out from Helm's Gate with King Théoden and Aragorn at their head.

When Revealed: Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck. Discard cards from the encounter deck until X enemies are discarded. X is the number of players. Add each enemy discarded this way to the staging area.

Skip the quest phase. Players cannot reduce their threat.

If there are no enemies in play, the players win the game.

With a cry and a great noise they charged. Down from the gates they roared, over the causeway they swept, and they drove through the hosts of Isengard as a wind among grass. –The Two Towers


The Treason of Saruman (x1)
1A-B (-)

Saruman's army has been defeated at Helm's Deep, but the Wizard's fortress is beyond Rohan's power to capture. However, the Ents of Fangorn have also suffered great injury because of Saruman and his Orcs. They have the strength to break Isengard, but only if they can be roused to attack.

Setup: Set Gates of Isengard Orthanc, Saruman, and Saruman's Staff aside, out of play. Add each copy of Ent of Fangorn to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Players cannot draw cards or gain resources. Do not commit to the quest or reveal encounter cards during the quest phase.

Forced: At the end of the round, place 1 resource here. Then, the players may advance to stage 2. If the players advance, the first player shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck and reveals 1 encounter card for each resource here. Then, remove each Ent objective in the staging area from the game.


The Treason of Saruman (x1)
2A-B (-)

"To Isengard! Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone;
Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone,
We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door;
For bole and bough are burning now, the furnace roars – we go to war!"
–The Ents, The Two Towers

When Revealed: Make Gates of Isengard the active location. Add Saruman and Orthanc to the staging area.

The players cannot travel to Orthanc.

Forced: After a non-unique location is explored, place 1 damage here. Then, if there are 5 damage tokens here, advance to stage 3A.

QuestAction: Exhaust Ent of Fangorn to place 2 progress on a non-unique location.

The power of Saruman must be broken and the fortress of Isengard destroyed!


The Land of Shadow (x1)
1A-B (6)

Frodo and Sam left the Fellowship above the falls of Rauros and crossed the great river to climb the Emyn Muil upon the Eastern shore. After days of wandering through that maze of rocky crags, they have finally reached the edge of the Dead Marshes only to discover that Gollum is following them.

Setup: Put Gollum into play engaged with the first player. Each player searches the encounter deck for 1 location, reveals it, and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

The players cannot advance unless the first player controls Sméagol.

Forced: After a player declares any number of attackers against Gollum discard the top card of the encounter deck. Gollum gets +X for this attack, where X is the discarded card’s

Things would have gone ill with Sam, if he had been alone. But Frodo sprang up, and drew Sting from its sheath. —The Two Towers


The Land of Shadow (x1)
2A-B (12)

The Hobbits soon found that what had looked like one vast fen was really an endless network of pools, and soft mires, and winding half–strangled watercourses. Among these a cunning eye and foot could thread a wandering path. -The Two Towers

When Revealed: If the number of locations in the staging area is less than the number of players in the game, discard cards from the encounter deck until a location is discarded. Add the discarded location to the staging area.

Progress cannot be placed on locations in the staging area.

The players cannot advance unless the first player controls Sméagol and there are at least 4 locations in the victory display.

Forced: At the end of the staging step, if the number of locations in the staging area is less than the number of players in the game, reveal the top card of the encounter deck.


The Land of Shadow (x1)
1A-B (-)

Sméagol has led Frodo and Sam to the Morgul Vale, where he promises to show them a secret way over the Mountains of Shadow and into the land of Mordor, but Sam fears that Gollum may be leading them into a trap...

Setup: Set Cleft of Cirith Ungol, Shelob and The Great Spider encounter set aside, out of play. Put Sméagol into play under the first player's control. Make Morgul Vale the active location. Add Sméagol's Secret Way to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Progress cannot be placed on Underground locations.

Response: After Sméagol's Secret Way is explored, discard 3 random cards from each player's hand to discard each Nazgûl enemy in the staging area.

Forced: At the end of the quest phase, if Sméagol's Secret Way is in the victory display, advance to stage 2A.


The Flame of the West (x1)
1A-B (-)

"I must take new counsel for myself and my kindred. We must ride our own road, and no longer in secret. For me the time of stealth has passed. I will ride by the swiftest way, and I will take the Paths of the Dead." –Aragorn, The Return of the King

Setup: Set The Stone of Erech and Army of the Dead aside, out of play. Each player attaches a copy of Overcome by Fear to his threat dial. Remove each unattached copy of Overcome by Fear from the game.

"This is an evil door," said Halbarad, "and my death lies beyond it. I will dare to pass nonetheless..." –The Return of the King

When Revealed: Each player may add 1 resource to the resource pool of each hero he controls. Each player who does so must raise his threat by 3.

Forced: At the end of the planning phase, discard all cards in each player's hand and advance to stage 2A.


The Flame of the West (x1)
4A-B (-)

Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowling. Rohan had come at last.
–The Return of the King

When Revealed: Set the Witch-king aside, out of play. Each player searches the top 10 cards of his deck for an ally that matches the sphere of a hero he controls and put it into play under his control. Each player shuffles his deck.

...the hosts of Mordor wailed, and terror took them, and they fled, and died, and the hoofs of wrath rode over them. –The Return of the King

Progress cannot be placed on this stage by questing successfully is instead assigned as damage among enemies in play. (Progress must be placed on the active location first.)

Forced: At the end of the quest phase, advance to stage 5A.


The Mountain of Fire (x1)
1A-B (0)

Frodo has been captured by the Orcs of Cirith Ungol and imprisoned at the top of their tower, but Sam is determined to rescue his master.

Setup: Set Shagrat aside, out of play. Add The Two Wachers (location side faceup) and Topmost Chamber to the staging area. The first player loses control of the Ring-bearer and place it faceup under Topmost Chamber as a guarded objective. Then, the first player attaches Last of the Company to a hero he controls and attaches The One Ring to that hero.

He could see no obstacle, but something too strong for his will to overcome barred the way. –The Return of the King

Each non-unique location gets -1 and cannot leave the staging area.

While The Two Watchers is in the staging area (enemy side faceup), it is considered to be engaged with each player.

The stage cannot be defeated while The Two Watchers is in play.


The Mountain of Fire (x1)
1A-B (0)

Aragorn has led the Men of the West to the very Gate of Mordor in a perilous gamble to keep the Eye of Sauron focused on him. After challenging the Dark Lord to come forth and face judgement, the Black Gate opens and an embassy from Barad–d–r rides out led by The Mouth of Sauron.

Setup: Add The Black Gate and The Mouth of Sauron to the staging area. Set Gwaihir aside, out of play. Shuffle the encounter deck.

When Revealed: In player order, each player places the top card of his deck faceup in front of him until their are a total of 4 faceup player cards between the players. Place the top 4 cards of the encounter deck faceup. Starting with the highest cost player card, pair each player card with the highest threat encounter card remaining until their are 4 pairs. For each pair, the first player must choose: either discard both cards in the pair, or reveal the encounter card to play the player card at no cost.


The Mountain of Fire (x1)
2A-B (-)

He gave a great cry, and turned, leaded upon his steed, and with his company galloped madly back to Cirith Gorgor. But as they went his soldiers blew their horns in signal long arranged: and even before they came to the gate Sauron sprang his trap. –The Return of the King

When Revealed: Each player searches the encounter deck and discard pile for a different Orc Troll or Nazgûl enemy and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle Gwaihir into the encounter deck.

Dire. During the staging step, the first player does not reveal an encounter card as normal. Instead, he reveals 1 encounter card for each resource on The Black Gate.

Forced: After the players quest unsuccessfully, discard the active location.

This stage cannot be defeated. Each round the players survive gives the Ring-bearer more time to fulfill the quest to Mount Doom.


The Mountain of Fire (x1)
2A-B (-)

They had gone some miles, and the road was at last running down a long slope into a plain, when Frodo's strength began to give out and his will wavered. He lurched and stumbled. Desperately Sam tried to help him and hold him up...
–The Return of the King

When Revealed: Search the encounter deck and discard pile and victory display for Mordor Road and add it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck and travel to Mordor Road.

Dire. Forced: After placing progress here from questing successfully, each player makes a Fortitude test. If a player passes this test, he places a resource here. If a player fails this test, he discards cards from the top of the encounter deck until an enemy is discarded and puts that enemy into play engaged with him.

At the end of the quest phase, if the number of resources here is equal to or greater than the number of players, advance to stage 3A.


The Mountain of Fire (x1)
4A-B (-)

He was come to the heart of the realm of Sauron and the forges of his ancient might, greatest in Middle–earth; all other powers were here subdued.
–The Return of the King

When Revealed: Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck and discard cards from the top until X enemies are discarded, where X is the number of players. Add each enemy discarded this way to the staging area.

Dire. Allies cannot enter play and 'when revealed' effects cannot be canceled.

Forced: When Mount Doom is explored, the first player makes a Fortitude test. Discard 1 extra encounter card for each player. If the first player fails this test, the Ring-bearer claims The One Ring and the players lose the game. If the test is successful, the Ring-bearer completes the quest and the players win the game.


The Old Forest (x1)
1A-B (0)

After being pursued through the Shire by mysterious riders in black, Frodo and his friends decide that the safest way for them to continue their journey to Rivendell is to travel through the Old Forest.

Setup: Set Old Man Willow and Withywindle aside, out of play. Each player searches the encounter deck and adds 1 different location to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

When Revealed: Each player draws 1 card. Advance to a random stage 2A.

"You have left the Shire, and are now outside, and on the edge of the Old Forest." –Merry, The Fellowship of the Ring


The Ruins of Belegost (x1)
1A-B (6)

Setup: Add Stalking the Ruins and 1 copy of Abandoned Mine per player to the staging area. Set Lurker of the Depths, Naurlhûg, Naurlhûg’s Lair, and Sword of Belegost aside, out of play. Randomly select 1 of the 5 remaining Loot objectives and place it facedown underneath Stalking the Ruins (without looking). Shuffle the others into the encounter deck (without looking at them).

You have entered the dark, half–sunken ruins of Belegost in search of powerful artifacts and ancient treasure.

The player cannot advance unless they control at least 1 Loot objective.

Forced: At the beginning of the travel phase, if there are no locations in play, return the topmost location in the encounter discard pile to the staging area.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, if Keys of Belegost is attached to a hero, advace to stage 2C. Otherwise, advance to Stage 2A.

Inside the Dwarven city, you can feel an evil presence stalking you...


The Ruins of Belegost (x1)
2A-B (9)

When Revealed: Add Lurker of the Depths to the staging area.

As you explore the partially flooded ruins of Belegost, you feel something wet and leathery brush past your leg. The sound of thrashing water echoes from somewhere in the darkness ahead of you, when suddenly a horde of slimy, black tentacles strike at you!

The players cannot advance unless they control at least 2 Loot objectives and Lurker of the Depths is in the victory display.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, if Book of Aulë's Children is attached to a hero, advance to stage 3C. Otherwise, advance to stage 3A.

Some hideous creature of a forgotten age attacks your party. You must defeat it if you hope to leave Belegost alive.


The Ruins of Belegost (x1)
2C-D (9)

The keys you discovered unlock a passage that leads deeper into the mines of Belegost. As you descend further into the Dwarven city, you marvel at the enormity of its size and the complexity of its design.

When Revealed: Shuffle Lurker of the Depths and the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck. Discard cards from the top of the encounter deck until a location is discarded. Add the discarded location to the staging area.

You must carefully explore the ruins to ensure you don't miss anything.

The player cannot advance unless they control at least 2 Loot objectives and there are at least 3 resources here.

Forced: After the active location is explored, place 1 resource here.

Forced: When this stage is defeated, if Book of Aul‰'s Children is attached to a hero, advance to stage 3E. Otherwise, advance to stage 3C.


The Ruins of Belegost (x1)
4A-B (-)

When Revealed: Add Naurlhûg and Naurlhûg%27s Lair to the staging area. Shuffle the Sword of Belegost, and the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck.

After fleeing the breaking of Thangorodrim, the great worm Naurlhûg hid itself in the ruins of Belegost. The fire dragon hoarded the wealth it found there into a giant, golden bed at the center of a large, underground lake. If you wish to claim the treasure for yourself, then you must slay Naurlhûg.

While Naurlhûg's Lair is in the victory display, Naurlhûg loses the text: "Cannot take damage."

Forced: After Naurlhûg attacks, if it was dealt a shadow card with no shadow effect, it engages the next player. Then, it makes an immediate attack. Do not deal it a shadow card for this attack.

When Naurlhûg is defeated, the players win the game.


Murder at the Prancing Pony (x1)
2A-B (-)

Your investigation has uncovered a small but dangerous web of criminals lurking in the shadows of Bree-land. You suspect the killer you seek is the leader of this outlaw gang. It is imperative that you find the rogue and bring him to justice.

When Revealed: Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck and discard cards from the top of the encounter deck until X locations are discarded. X is the number of players in the game. Add each discarded location to the staging area.

Forced: After the players quest unsuccessfully, choose 1 random card from the investigation deck and remove it from the game (without looking at it).

Forced: After the players place progress on this stage from questing successfully, the first player must choose: either reveal an encounter card and remain at this stage, or make the accusation (see rules) and advance to stage 3A.


Murder at the Prancing Pony (x1)
3A-B (-)

You've discovered the identity of the killer and the location of the rogue's secret hideout, but the villain is aware of your pursuit. You must move swiftly to apprehend the brigand!

When Revealed: Each player besides the first player searches the encounter deck and discard pile for a Brigand enemy and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Ignore the Investigate keyword when the active location is explored.

Forced: At the beginning of the encounter phase, each Suspect enemy in play engages the first player.

While at least 1 Hideout location is in play, Suspect enemies cannot take damage. If there are no Suspect enemies in play, the players win the game.


The Siege of Annúminas (x1)
1A-B (-)

An army from Angmar marches on the Dúnedain capital of Annúminas. You rush to prepare the defenses as best you can before the Orcs reach the city.

Setup: Set Lieutenant of Angmar Battering Ram, Enemy Camp Siege Tunnel, each copy of Host Angmar and each copy of Dúnedain of Annúminas aside, out of play. Each player searches the encounter deck for a different location and adds it to the staging area. One of those locations must be Gate of Annúminas. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Many hands hurry to reinforce the gate with heavy timbers and large stones while the enemy draws steadily nearer.

Forced: At the beginning of the round (before the resource phase), place 1 resource here. Then, if there are 4 resources here, advance to stage 2.

Response: At the end of the round, remove 10 progress from this stage to increase the city strength of Annúminas by 10.


The Siege of Annúminas (x1)
3A-B (-)

You've held back the host of Angmar, but a dark figure appears to lead the final assault. With a terrifying cry, he orders a battering ram against the gate. The old timbers won't endure for long, so you rally your troops for a desperate counter–attack. It's victory or death!

When Revealed: Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck. The first player adds Battering Ram and Lieutenant of Angmar to the staging area. Each player reveals an encounter card.

Progress cannot be placed here while Battering Ram is in play.

Response: At the end of the round, raise each player's threat by 1 and reveal an encounter card to choose a non-unique enemy worth no victory points at another stage. Discard the chosen enemy.

If the Lieutenant of Angmar is in a victory display at the end of the round, the players have routed the enemy and win the game.


The Siege of Annúminas (x1)
1C-D (-)

An army from Angmar marches on the Dúnedain city of Annúminas. You ring the alarm bells and hurry to gather what strength you can.

Setup: Set Lieutenant of Angmar Battering Ram, Enemy Camp Siege Tunnel, each copy of Host of Angmar and each copy of Dúnedain of Annúminas aside, out of play. Shuffle the encounter deck. Each player discards cards from the top of the encounter deck until he discards an enemy or location. Add each enemy and location discarded in this way to the staging area.

You race along the shores of Lake Nenuial to gather the Dúnedain inside the walls. "To arms!" you shout. "Everyone into the city! Angmar approaches!"

Forced: At the beginning of the round (before the resource phase), place 1 resource here. Then, if there are 4 resources here, advance to stage 2.

Response: At the end of the round, remove 10 progress from this stage. Then, the first player at each stage takes control of a set aside Dúnedain of Annúminas.


The Siege of Annúminas (x1)
3C-D (-)

You've driven back the Orcs, but they've captured some of your companions. You won't abandon your friends, so you follow them to the enemy camp.

When Revealed: Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck. The first player adds Enemy Camp to the staging area. Each other player reveals an encounter card. Each player at each stage chooses a hero he controls, discards all tokens and attachments from it, and places it facedown under the main quest at their stage.

Process cannot be placed here while Enemy Camp is in play.

Response: At the end of the round, raise each player's threat by 1 and reveal an encounter card to choose a non-unique enemy worth no victory points at another stage. Discard the chosen enemy.

If the Lieutenant of Angmar is in the victory display at the end of the round, the players have routed the enemy and won the game.


The Siege of Annúminas (x1)
1E-F (-)

An army from Angmar marches on the Dúnedain city of Annúminas. Your friends need time to prepare the defense, so you ride out to meet the enemy.

Setup: Set Lieutenant of Angmar Battering Ram, Enemy Camp Siege Tunnel, each copy of Host of Angmar and each copy of Dúnedain of Annúminas aside, out of play. Each player searches the encounter deck for a different enemy and adds it to the staging area. One of these enemies must be Vanguard of Carn D–m. Shuffle the encounter deck.

It's up to you to harry the Orcs and slow their approach to the city.

Forced: At the beginning of the round (before the resource phase), place 1 resource here. Then, if there are 4 resources here, advance to stage2.Response: At the end of the round, remove 10 progress from this stage, then the players at each other stage reveal 1 fewer encounter card during their next quest phase (to a minimum of 0).


The Siege of Annúminas (x1)
3E-F (-)

You've driven the enemy from the battlements when you hear a commotion from below. Orcs have tunneled under the walls and atack you from the rear. You charge down the stairs to stem the tide of Orcs and block the tunnel entrance.

When Revealed: Shuffle the encounter discard pile into the encounter deck. The first player adds Siege Tunnel to the staging area. Each other player reveals an encounter card.

Progress cannot be placed here while Siege Tunnel is in play.Response: At the end of the round, raise each player's threat by 1 and reveal an encounter card to choose a non-unique enemy worth no victory points at another stage. Discard the chosen enemy.

If the Lieutenant of Angmar is in the victory display at the end of the round, the players have routed the enemy and won the game.


Attack on Dol Guldur (x1)
1A-B (-)

The Dark Lord of Mordor has declared war across Middle–earth. His Nazgûl lead the Morgul host against Minas Tirith in the south, while Easterlings lay siege to Erebor in the north. And in a move long–prepared, the armies of Dol Guldur cross the Anduin to assault Lórien...

Setup: Set Host of Lórien and all 4 Lieutenant enemies aside, out of play. Add Power of Lórien and 1 copy of Dol Guldur Marauder per player to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Forced: At the end of the round, place 1 resource here and move all progress from this stage to Power of Lórien. If there are 3 resources here, advance to stage 2A.

Response: At the end of the round, raise each player's threat by 1 to choose a stage. Each player at that stage draws 1 card and adds 1 resource to a hero's resource pool.


Attack on Dol Guldur (x1)
2A-B (-)

Three times Lórien had been assailed from Dol Guldur, but besides the valour of the eleven people of that land, the power that dwelt there was too great for any to overcome...
–The Return of the King

When Revealed: The first player may remove 10 progress from Power of Lórien to take control of the set-aside Host of Lórien. Then, he may remove an additional 20 progress from Power of Lórien to place it in his play area under his control, otherwise discard it.

Though grievous harm was done to the fair woods on the borders, the assaults were driven back; and when the Shadow passed, Celeborn came forth and led the host of Lórien over Anduin in many boats.
–The Return of the King

When Revealed: Each player searches the encounter deck and discard pile for a Dol Guldur location and adds it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck. Advance to a stage 3 of your choice. If you are playing epic multiplayer mode, each team must choose a different stage.


Attack on Dol Guldur (x1)
3A-B (-)

Sauron took Amon Lanc from the Elves at the beginning of the Third Age. Now the Elves lay siege to reclaim the fortress and cleanse the forest.

When Revealed: Remove all tokens from the Lieutenant enemy at this stage and set it aside, out of play. Add the set aside Bane of Amon Lanc to the staging area, unless it is in a victory display. If Dol Guldur's city strength is 5 or lower (10 or lower if playing epic multiplayer mode), Bane of Amon Lanc makes an immediate attack against each player in turn order.

Bane of Amon Lanc gets -1 engagement cost for each progress token on this stage.

Forced: At the end of the round, remove 5 progress from this stage or increase Dol Guldur's city strength by 3. The first player may remove an additional 5 progress to reduce Dol Guldur's city strength by 3.


Attack on Dol Guldur (x1)
3C-D (-)

Though Sauron moved his seat of power to Barad–d–r, the fortress of Dol Guldur remains a stronghold of dark sorcery.

When Revealed: Remove all tokens from the Lieutenant enemy at this stage and set it aside, out of play. Add the set aside Sorcerer of Dol Guldur to the staging area, unless it is in a victory display. If Dol Guldur's city strength is 5 or lower (10 or lower if playing epic multiplayer mode), Sorcerer of Dol Guldur makes an immediate attack against each player in turn order.

Sorcerer of Dol Guldur gets -1 engagement cost for each progress token on this stage.

Forced: At the end of the round, remove 5 progress from this stage or each player at each stage discards all but 1 card from his hand. The first player may remove an additional 5 progress from this stage to choose a player at any stage. That player searches his deck for a card, adds it to his hand, and shuffles his deck.


Attack on Dol Guldur (x1)
3E-F (-)

A sortie from Dol Guldur charges into the woods that surround the fortress in an attempt to divide the Elves and break the siege.

When Revealed: Remove all tokens from the Lieutenant enemy at this stage and set it aside, out of play. Add the set aside Chieftain Morlug to the staging area, unless it is in a victory display. If Dol Guldur's city strength is 5 or lower (10 or lower if playing epic multiplayer mode), Chieftain Morlug makes an immediate attack against each player in turn order.

Chieftain Morlug gets -1 engagement cost for each progress token on this stage.

Forced: At the end of the round, remove 5 progress from this stage or each player at each stage discards cards from the top of the encounter deck until an enemy is discarded and puts it into play engaged with him. (If the last card of the encounter deck is discarded resolving this effect, shuffle the discard pile back into the encounter deck.) The first player may remove an additional 5 progress from this stage to choose a non-unique enemy at any stage and destroy it.


Attack on Dol Guldur (x1)
3G-H (-)

Amidst the battle, you gain entrance into the dungeons beneath Dol Guldur. You slip inside to release what captives you can, but an evil creature awaits.

When Revealed: Remove all tokens from the Lieutenant enemy at this stage and set it aside, out of play. Add the set aside Dungeon Dweller to the staging area, unless it is in a victory display. If Dol Guldur's city strength is 5 or lower (10 or lower if playing epic multiplayer mode), Dungeon Dweller makes an immediate attack against each player in turn order.

Dungeon Dweller gets -1 engagement cost for each progress token on this stage.

Forced: At the end of the round, remove 5 progress from this stage or each player at each stage discards an ally he controls. The first player may remove an additional 5 progress from this stage to choose a player at any stage. That player searches the top 10 cards of his deck for an ally an puts it into play.


The Hunt for the Dreadnaught (x1)
2A-B (-)

In the distance, you see a ship like no other: dozens of ominous black sails tower above the churning sea and prow of a fearsome serpent's head slices through the waves at an alarming speed. The rumors are true. You are awestruck at the extraordinary size and imtimidating presence of the Dreadnaught. You resolve to sink the menacing behemoth at all costs.

When Revealed: Add the set-aside Dreadnaught enemy to the staging area, Elite side faceup.

No more than 5 progress per player can be placed on this stage each round.

Action: Remove 5 progress per player from this stage to choose any group to shuffle 1 set aside Gondorian Warship card into their encounter deck.

Response: When the Dreadnaught attacks you, raise your threat by 4 to cancel the attack.

When the Dreadnaught is destroyed, the players win the game.


Conflict at the Carrock Nightmare (x1)
3A-B (-)

Just as you think the fight is over, you find tracks that lead you to what appears to be the leader of this group of Trolls. You can see Grimbeorn the Old, captured and ready to be cooked. It's up to you to save him!

When Revealed: Add Rob and Bob to the staging area. Then, each player must search the encounter deck and discard pile for a non-unique Troll enemy and add it to the staging area, if able. Shuffle the encounter deck.

A nice pickle they were all in now. –The Hobbit

When Rob and Bob have been defeated, the players have rescued Grimbeon the Old from certain death, and won the game.


Voyage Across Belegaer Nightmare (x1)
2A-B (-)

"Corsairs ahead!" an Elven lookout shouts. You are about to give the order to steer away from the warship, when Calaphon abruptly stops you. "Wait! In my dream, I remember a great battle against a powerful fleet. Could this mean we are on the right track?" Reluctantly, you prepare to fight.

When Revealed: Search the encounter deck, discard pile and victory display for 1 copy of Corsair Warship and add it to the staging area. Shuffle the encounter deck.

Sailing.

Forced: At the end of the quest phase, if there is no Corsair Warship in play, this stage is defeated.

When this stage is defeated, if you are on course (?), look at the top 2 stages of the quest deck and advance to one of your choice, placing the other on the bottom of the quest. Otherwise, advance to the top stage of the quest deck.


Voyage Across Belegaer Nightmare (x1)
2A-B (-)

These seas are strange and bewildering. Try as you might, you cannot find any stars you recognize in the overcast sky. You realize now that you may never find your way back to shore.

When Revealed: Set your heading to the worst setting (?).

Sailing. Cancel the first ? symbol found during each Sailing test.

Forced: At the end of the quest phase, if your heading is on-course (?), this stage is defeated.

When this stage is defeated, look at the top 3 stages of the quest deck and advance to one of your choice, placing the others on the bottom of the quest deck.


Raid on the Grey Havens Nightmare (x1)
2A-B (-)

A menacing ship leads the raiders, its charismatic captain bellowing orders to the Corsairs: "Kill the defenders!" he shouts. "Destroy their ships!"

When Revealed: Add Na'asiyah and Captain Sahír to the staging area, enemy side faceup. Each player reveals the top card of the encounter deck. Place resources on Na'asiyah and Captain Sahír equal to the amount of damage on the Dream-chaser. Add 1 resource to each other Raider enemy in play.

Resources on Na'asiyah are considered to be on Captain Sahír, as well (and can be removed as if they were on him).

Each Raider enemy revealed by the encounter deck enters play with 1 resource on it.

If both Captain Sahír and Na'asiyah are in the victory display, the players win the game.