Bill Ferny, Swarthy Sneering Fellow (2R75)

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Bill Ferny, Swarthy Sneering Fellow (2R75) is a Culture Ringwraith.svg Ringwraith Minion from the Mines of Moria set.

Collection Info
Title Bill Ferny
Subtitle Swarthy Sneering Fellow
Unique Yes
Collectible Yes
Notes Lists: ERL
Set 2 - Mines of Moria
Rarity R - Rare
Card Number 75
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Ringwraith.svg Ringwraith
Side Shadow
Card Type Minion
Race Man
Twilight Cost 2
Strength 4
Vitality 1
Site Number 2
Game Text Nazgûl are not roaming.

The Free Peoples player may not assign a character to skirmish Bill Ferny. Discard Bill Ferny if underground.

Lore “‘ for Ferny, he would sell anything to anybody; or make mischief for amusement.'”
DE - German
Card Name Lutz Farning, Finsterer Geselle
Game Text Nazgûl sind nicht wandernd. Der Freie Völker Spieler darf Lutz Farning keinen Charakter zuweisen. Lutz Farning muss an unterirdischen Orten abgelegt werden.
Lore "...und was Farning betrifft, so würde er jedem alles verraten; oder Unheil anrichten bloß zum Spaß.“
ES - Spanish
Card Name Bill Helechal, Tipo Sarcástico de Tez Morena
Game Text Los Nazgûl no están vagando. El jugador de Gentes Libres no puede asignar un personaje a una escaramuza contra Bill Helechal. Descarta a Bill Helechal si esta en un sitio Subterráneo.
Lore “...y de Helechal, vendería lo que fuera a cualquiera, y causaría problemas por pura diversión.”
FR - French
Card Name Bill Fougeron, Noiraud Ricaneur
Game Text Les Nazgûl ne sont pas errants. Le joueur des Peuples Libres ne peut pas affecter un personnage au combat contre Bill Fougeron. Défaussez Bill Fougeron s’il se trouve à un site Souterrain.
Lore « “... quant à Fougeron, il vendrait n'importe quoi à n'importe qui, ou il ferait du mal par simple plaisir.” »
IT - Italian
Card Name Billy Felci, Tipo Oscuro e Sarcastico
Game Text I Nazgûl non sono considerati vaganti. Il giocatore dei Popoli Liberi non può assegnare un personaggio a una schermaglia con Billy Felci. Scarta Billy Felci se in un Sotterraneo.
Lore “‘...quanto a Felci, venderebbe l'anima e farebbe cattiverie per puro divertimento.'”
PL - Polish

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN02S075.0
GEMP ID 2_75
LOTRO Hex ID 6B 4C E8 01
LOTRO Image ID 02_075


Because of his assignment restriction, the shadow player can assign Bill Ferny to any companion, even one already in a skirmish. This is helpful because it means Ferny can act as a strength + 4 pump for one of your Nazgul. Alternatively, assign him to hobbits like Merry, FtS (To hinder his ability), Sam, SoH (To wound/kill him, as he's often exhausted from removing burdens) or even Frodo himself. Bill Ferny is often vulnerable to archery however, and many players will use Aragorn's Bow or Greenleaf to snipe him before he can act. The fact that he prevents Nazgul from roaming is useful only at site 2 in Fellowship Block (And rarely helps Ulaire Nelya, whose site number is typically 2), but in later sets it's helpful against Rangers that try to make minions roaming (With cards such as Ancient Roads in The Two Towers and Madril, DoO in Expanded). You can combine Bill Ferny with Weatherhills for a very cheap Nazgul attack at site 2; bear in mind his ability does not stack with Bree Streets. Bill Ferny can also assign himself to Alternate Ring-Bearers to force their assignment penalties to trigger.

Although Bill Ferny is generally used as a support card to boost Nazgul strength and give them more of an early game kick, one strategy which centres around Bill Ferny in Fellowship Block uses [isengard] Weather conditions such as Saruman's Frost and Saruman's Snows to immobilise Frodo, and then kill him with Ferny.

In Movie Block, with the appearing of initiative-dependant bonuses, Bill Ferny became not only a strength +4 aid to your minion of choice, but also with Stooping to the Kill a Damage +1 bonus too if the Shadow has initiative (or a strength +2 to Ferny if you discard such condition). Considering he's usually packed in [Wraith] decks, Stooping to the Kill will grant a cumulative damage +1 to any other Wraith minion for easy kills. Unhindered comes in handy to get initiative directly if you use Nazgûl. Keep in mind that such a disruptive combo is mostly used in Movie Block, as the other formats that have access to Stooping (which is a Set 10 card) are Standard (doesn't include Bill Ferny's Set 2) and Expanded (where Ferny is R-listed).

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Feeble companions (Can assassinate)
  • Average Strength companions (Can an assist an overwhelm when combined with another Nazgul)
  • Powerful companions (Can help win the skirmish when combined with another Nazgul)

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Direct Wounding
  • Underground sites
  • Caras Galadhon* (doesn't allow Ferny to assist another minion)

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
Bill Ferny, Agent of Saruman (15R72) If Bill Ferny is unwounded, the Free Peoples player cannot assign him to skirmish a companion.

Shadow: Exert Bill Ferny twice and spot a site you control to add Twilight 2.svg.​

See Also[edit]