Gimli, Son of Gloin (1R13)

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Gimli, Son of Gloin (1R13) is a Dwarven Companion from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title Gimli
Subtitle Son of Gloin
Unique Yes
Collectible Yes
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity R - Rare
Card Number 13
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Dwarven
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Companion
Race Dwarf
Twilight Cost 2
Strength 6
Vitality 3
Signet Gandalf
Game Text Damage +1.

Skirmish: Exert Gimli to make him strength +2.

Lore “There was a younger dwarf at Glóin's side: his son Gimli.”
DE - German

Game Text Schaden +1.

Kampf Strenge Gimli an, um ihm Stärke +2 zu geben.

Lore Da war ein jüngerer Zwerg an Glóins Seite: sein Sohn Gimli.
ES - Spanish

Game Text Daño +1.

Escaramuza: Esfuerza a Gimli para darle fuerza +2.

Lore “Había un Enano joven junto a Gloin: su hijo Gimli.”
FR - French

Game Text Dégâts +1.

Combat : Affaiblissez Gimli pour lui donner +2 en force.

Lore “À côté de Glóin se trouvait un jeune Nain: son fils Gimli.”
IT - Italian

Game Text Danno +1.

Schermaglia: Sforza Gimli per aggiungere +2 alla sua forza.

Lore “C'era un Nano più giovane al fianco di Glóin: suo figlio Gimli.”
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S013.0
GEMP ID 1_13
LOTRO Hex ID 4D 24 F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_013


Gimli, Son of Gloin is a classic fallback for any skirmish-heavy Dwarf deck in any format before Movie (in which the Ring-bearing version Bearer of Grudges is usually used instead). The built-in ability to buff Gimli at will makes skirmishes much safer, especially when he is given one or more Endurance of Dwarves to boost his exerting potential. As always, Gimli's Helm and Dwarven Bracers will go a long way to preserving his health and usefulness.

However, this same consistency can be as much of a downside, since your opponent knows about and can thus plan on it. For instance, take Gimli skirmishing an Uruk Lieutenant, strength 8. If you exert Gimli once to make him strength 8, and then again to make him 10, your opponent may drop a surprise Bred for Battle to make his Uruk strength 11. Gimli then loses the skirmish and dies, made all the more frustrating in that had you simply held off and lost the skirmish, Gimli would still be alive, albeit exhausted. For this reason his skirmish ability should only be used when absolutely necessary. It is usually best for him to lose (especially against damage+1 minions) rather than risk your opponent having a pump in his hand.

If you follow the above advice and arm Gimli with one or more Endurance of Dwarves then you also have to be sure you don't overly rely on his exertion ability, lest The Pale Blade or other such condition removal kill him while exhausted.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Swarm-based and minion-heavy skirmishes
  • When combined with Sting or Glamdring, you may know ahead of time what your opponent holds and thus be able to exert without consequence

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Wounding decks
  • Uruk-hai and other damage+1 minions
  • Black Breath/Blade Tip (but who isn't?)

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
Gimli, Dwarf of Erebor (1U12) Damage +1.

Fellowship: Add to place a card from hand beneath your draw deck.

Gimli, Dwarf of the Mountain-race (2P121) Damage +1.

Each underground site's Shadow number is -2.

Gimli, Lockbearer (4R48) Damage +1.

Gimli is strength +1 for each unbound Hobbit companion you can spot.

Gimli, Unbidden Guest (4C49) Damage +1.

Skirmish: Exert Gimli to make an unbound companion strength +1 (or +2 if that companion is Legolas).

Gimli, Skilled Defender (5R7) Damage +1.

Each time Gimli wins a skirmish, you may wound a minion assigned to skirmish an unbound companion.

Gimli, Faithful Companion (7C6) Damage +1.

While you have initiative, Gimli is strength +2.

Gimli, Feared Axeman (7R7) Damage +1.

Response: If a condition is about to be discarded by an opponent, exert a Dwarf or discard a card from hand to prevent that.

Gimli, Counter of Foes (8C5) Damage +1.

For each wound on Gimli, he is strength +1 and damage +1.

Gimli, Bearer of Grudges (9R+4) Damage +1.

While Gimli is the Ring-bearer, at the start of each skirmish involving him, add 2 burdens or 2 threats.

While Gimli is damage +X, he is resistance +X.

Gimli, Lively Combatant (11U8) Damage +1. Each time Gimli wins a skirmish, you may draw a card.
Gimli, Lord of the Glittering Caves (13R5) Damage +1.

Gimli is strength +1 for each minion assigned to a skirmish.

Assignment: Exert Gimli and spot a lurker minion to make that minion lose lurker until the regroup phase.

Gimli, Eager Hunter (15C5) Damage +1. Hunter 3. (While skirmishing a non-hunter character, this character is strength +3.)
Gimli, Sprinter (18R1) Damage +1. Hunter 1 (While skirmishing a non-hunter character, this character is strength +1.)

Each time Gimli wins a skirmish, you may add a threat to wound a minion (or wound a hunter minion twice).

Gimli, Opinionated Guide (19P2) Damage +1. Fellowship.

Each time you play a possession, you may draw a card.

Gimli, Dwarven Delegate (0P62) Damage +1.
Gimli, Vengeful Naugrim (V1_3) Damage +1.

While Gimli bears 2 items, he is strength +2.

While Gimli bears 3 items, he is damage +1.