Desperate Defense of the Ring (1R244)

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Desperate Defense of the Ring (1R244) is a Culture Sauron.svg Sauron Condition from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title Desperate Defense of the Ring
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity R - Rare
Card Number 244
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Sauron.svg Sauron
Side Shadow
Card Type Condition
Twilight Cost 1
Game Text To play, exert a Culture Sauron.svg Orc. Plays on a companion.

Each time bearer is assigned to a skirmish, the Free Peoples player chooses to either discard 3 cards from hand or add a burden.

Lore The Company must defend the Ring at all costs.
DE - German
Card Name Verzweifelte Verteidigung des Rings
Game Text Strenge einen Culture Sauron.svg Ork an, um diese Karte auf einen Gefährten zu spielen. Jedesmal, wenn dieser Gefährte einem Kampf zugewiesen wird, muss sich der Freie Völker Spieler entscheiden, entweder 3 Karten aus der Hand abzulegen oder 1 Lastmarke auf den Ringträger zu legen.
Lore Die Gefährten müssen den Ring unter allen Umständen verteidigen.
ES - Spanish
Card Name Defensa Desesperada del Anillo
Game Text Para jugarlo, esfuerza un Orco de Culture Sauron.svg. Se juega en un compañero. Cada vez que el portador sea asignado a una escaramuza, el jugador de Gentes Libres elige o bien descartar 3 cartas de su mano o añadir una carga.
Lore La Compañía debe defender el Anillo a cualquier precio.
FR - French
Card Name Protection Désespérée de l'Anneau
Game Text Pour jouer, affaiblissez un Orque Culture Sauron.svg. Jouable sur un compagnon. Chaque fois que le détenteur est affecté à un combat, le joueur des Peuples Libres choisit soit de défausser 3 cartes de sa main, soit d’ajouter un point-fardeau.
Lore La compagnie doit défendre l'Anneau à tout prix.
IT - Italian
Card Name Difesa Disperata dell'Anello
Game Text Per giocarla, sforza un Orco Culture Sauron.svg. Giocala su un compagno. Ogni volta che il possessore è assegnato a una schermaglia, il giocatore dei Popoli Liberi sceglie o di scartare 3 carte dalla mano o di aggiungere un segnalino fardello.
Lore La Compagnia deve difendere l'Anello a tutti i costi.
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S244.0
GEMP ID 1_244
LOTRO Hex ID 44 33 F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_244


Central card for both mill and corruption decks. With multiple copies out, the Free Peoples player is often forced to add burdens whether they want to or not. Combined with Thin and Stretched and Enduring Evil for corruption decks, or The Irresistible Shadow and Desperate Measures for mill decks. Can be further combined with various Return of the King cards in later sets, such as Pelennor Flat* or Initiative Orcs.

Desperate Defense of the Ring is very versatile: it can be be played on the Ring-bearer if they are fighting a lot and can be combined with Thin and Stretched to near guarantee burdens. Multiples can also be stacked on the same companion if that companion if significantly stronger than other characters.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Decks that rely on specific fighters

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Large Fellowships
  • Burden Removal


  • This card triggers regardless of who assigned a minion to bearer
  • This card does not trigger Old Noakes (Or Courteous Halfling) because it give the Free Peoples player a choice.

See Also[edit]