Palantir

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The Palantír is a dangerous seeing stone, part of a network of them, and two of them are each in part responsible for the madness of Saruman and Denethor. In this game, Palantír is an item class, and therefore a loaded keyword, albeit an unusual one. It only appears on three artifact cards, all of which have the same unique persona: "The Palantír of Orthanc". However, the keyword is totally meaningless. Item class keywords only prevent characters from bearing multiple cards with the same item class, but only one of the three can be borne by a character, they all have the same unique title anyway, and no cards mention the Palantír item class by name.

Furthermore, these cards are unusual in that they're the only Shadow and Free Peoples cards in the entire game that share a single persona. If the Free Peoples player plays The Palantír of Orthanc, Recovered Seeing Stone (13R36)LOTR-EN13S036.0 card.jpg, that discards The Palantír of Orthanc (3R67)LOTR-EN03S067.0 card.jpg or The Palantír of Orthanc, Seventh Seeing-stone (4R166)LOTR-EN04S166.0 card.jpg from play and prevents them from being played again as long as Recovered Seeing Stone remains in play. All three versions of this card interfere with your opponent's hand, either directly or by interfering with the cards they are about to draw.

Further confusing things, there's a fourth card representing the same orb, Seeing Stone of Orthanc (9R38)LOTR-EN09S038.0 card.jpg. However, this card does not have the Palantír keyword, nor does it have the same unique persona, so it's possible to have it in play at the same time as any of the three versions of the Palantír of Orthanc.

Two other seeing stones appear in this game: Seeing Stone of Minas Anor (9R37)LOTR-EN09S037.0 card.jpg and Ithil Stone (9R+47)LOTR-EN09S047.0 card.jpg. However, neither of these cards have the Palantír keyword either.

See Also[edit]

  • Orthanc-stone (for this particular Palantír stone) and Palantíri (for the network of seeing stones) at Tolkien Gateway


List of Cards with the Palantír Item Class[edit]

Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
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The Palantír of Orthanc, Recovered Seeing Stone (13R36)LOTR-EN13S036.0 card.jpg Culture Gandalf.svg Gandalf Artifact • Palantir Bearer must be Gandalf. To play this, if you can spot The Palantír of Orthanc, discard it. At the start of the fellowship phase, you may add a burden to reveal a Shadow player's hand. He or she must choose a revealed minion and discard it from hand.
LOTR-EN03S067.0 portrait.jpg
The Palantír of Orthanc (3R67)LOTR-EN03S067.0 card.jpg Culture Isengard.svg Isengard Artifact • Palantir To play, spot an Culture Isengard.svg minion.

Shadow: Spot an Culture Isengard.svg minion and remove Twilight 1.svg to reveal a card at random from the Free Peoples player's hand. Place that card on top of that player’s draw deck.

LOTR-EN04S166.0 portrait.jpg
The Palantír of Orthanc, Seventh Seeing-stone (4R166)LOTR-EN04S166.0 card.jpg Culture Isengard.svg Isengard Artifact • Palantir To play, spot an Culture Isengard.svg minion. Plays to your support area.

Shadow: Spot an Culture Isengard.svg minion and remove Twilight 2.svg to reveal the top card of any draw deck. You may place that card beneath that draw deck.​


List of Cards that Interact with the Palantír Item Class[edit]

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Loaded Keywords
Numeric Damage + X Defender + X Ambush X Hunter X Toil X
Non-numeric Aid Archer Enduring Fierce Lurker Muster Sanctuary Ring-bearer Unhasty
Item Class [Classless] Support Area Armor Brooch Box Bracers Cloak Gauntlets Hand Weapon
Helm Mount Palantír Phial Pipe Ranged Weapon Ring Shield Staff