Ring-bound

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Ring-bound is an Unloaded Keyword that appears on companions that have had their fates tied to the One Ring more tightly than usual, in particular Frodo, Sam, and Smeagol. Only companions can be Ring-bound, the Ring-bearer is always Ring-bound, and all companions that are not Ring-bound are instead unbound. Allies and minions are never Ring-bound and never unbound.

The primary game impact of Ring-bound is to dodge potent effects that only work on unbound characters, such as Gríma, Wormtongue (4R154)LOTR-EN04S154.0 card.jpg. There are however many Culture Gollum.svg Gollum, Culture Gondor.svg Gondor, and Culture Shire.svg Shire Free Peoples cards which benefit Ring-bound companions, and several notable Culture Raider.svg Raider, Culture Sauron.svg Sauron, and Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Shadow cards which target them.

This keyword was first introduced in The Two Towers expansion, and was used to attempt to split the card base between characters who were with Frodo (Ring-bound) and characters who were not (unbound), with cards intentionally only affecting one or the other of these groups. At the time, this meant including Faramir and other Ithilien Rangers from Towers Block under the Ring-bound umbrella. Afterwards no further major additions were made to this exclusive group except for companion versions of Bilbo, such as Bilbo, Melancholy Hobbit (12R119)LOTR-EN12S119.0 card.jpg.

After the introduction of the keyword, Decipher ruled that all copies of Frodo and Sam are Ring-bound, even if it wasn't in the game text. This was applied retroactively to preexisting cards as a rule instead of a mass errata. In addition, the Ring-bearer is always Ring-bound. This chiefly comes into play with the alternate ring-bearers first introduced in Reflections, such as Gimli, Bearer of Grudges (9R+4)LOTR-EN09S004.0 card.jpg or Boromir, Bearer of Council (9R+31)LOTR-EN09S031.0 card.jpg. Many of these characters are unbound if played normally, but Ring-bound if bearing the One Ring.

Rules Entries[edit]

Only companions can be Ring-bound (not allies or minions). All versions of Frodo and Sam are Ring-bound.

- Ring-bound section

Your fellowship begins with a character bearing The One Ring. This can be any character with the ringed resistance icon, or any version of Frodo. That character gains the keywords Ring-bearer and Ring-bound, if he does not already have them.

Explicit Ring-bound Companions[edit]

Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
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Sméagol, Old Noser (5C28)LOTR-EN05S028.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Regroup: Exert Sméagol (or Gollum) twice to reveal the top 4 cards of your draw deck. Wound a minion for each Shadow card revealed. Place those 4 cards beneath your draw deck in any order.

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Sméagol, Slinker (5R29)LOTR-EN05S029.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Skirmish: Add a burden to make Sméagol strength +2 and take no wounds.

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Sméagol, Poor Creature (6C45)LOTR-EN06S045.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden. Skirmish: Discard a card from hand to make Sméagol strength +1.
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Sméagol, Always Helps (7R71)LOTR-EN07S071.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Assignment: Assign a minion to Sméagol and add 2 threats to exhaust that minion.

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Sméagol, Hurried Guide (7C72)LOTR-EN07S072.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Skirmish: If you have initiative, discard 2 cards from your hand. Sméagol cannot be overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled.

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Sméagol, Slippery Sneak (8R27)LOTR-EN08S027.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Skirmish: Add a number of threats equal to the total vitality of the minions Sméagol is skirmishing to discard Sméagol. Regroup: Discard Sméagol to take a Culture Gollum.svg minion from your discard pile into hand.

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Sméagol, Bearer of Great Secrets (9R+30)LOTR-EN09S030.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Each time the fellowship moves, place an unbound companion in the dead pile.

Regroup: If Sméagol is the Ring-bearer, add 2 burdens to discard each minion.

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Sméagol, Scout and Guide (11R51)LOTR-EN11S051.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Each time Sméagol wins a skirmish, you may play the fellowship's next site.

Skirmish: If Sméagol is at a marsh, exert him to cancel a skirmish involving him.

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Sméagol, Simple Stoor (13U55)LOTR-EN13S055.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

For each card titled Déagol in your discard pile, Sméagol is strength +2 and resistance –1. Each time Sméagol wins a skirmish, you may take a Culture Gollum.svg card from your draw deck and place it in your discard pile.

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Sméagol, Wretched and Hungry (15R49)LOTR-EN15S049.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Each Ring-bound companion is resistance +1.

Skirmish: Exert 2 Ring-bound Hobbits to make Sméagol strength +1 and prevent him from being overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled.

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Sméagol, Pitiable Guide (19P11)LOTR-EN19S011.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound.

To play, add a burden.

Each time Sméagol wins a skirmish, you may shuffle up to 2 Culture Gollum.svg cards from your discard pile into your draw deck.

Skirmish: Exert a Ring-bound companion to make Sméagol strength +2.

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Damrod, Ranger of Ithilien (4U114)LOTR-EN04S114.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger. To play, spot a Ring-bound Man.

Skirmish: Exert Damrod to exhaust a Man he is skirmishing.

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Faramir, Captain of Gondor (4R116)LOTR-EN04S116.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger.

The twilight cost of each other Culture Gondor.svg Man in your starting fellowship is -1.

While skirmishing a roaming minion, Faramir is strength +2.

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Faramir, Son of Denethor (4C117)LOTR-EN04S117.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger.

An opponent may not play skirmish events or use skirmish special abilities during skirmishes involving Faramir.

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Gondorian Ranger (4C122)LOTR-EN04S122.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man 'Ring-bound. 'Ranger.

The site number of each minion assigned to skirmish a Ring-bound Man is +2.

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Mablung, Soldier of Gondor (4U127)LOTR-EN04S127.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger. To play, spot a Ring-bound Man.

Skirmish: Exert Mablung to exhaust a roaming minion he is skirmishing.

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Ranger of Ithilien (4C130)LOTR-EN04S130.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger.

When this companion is in your starting fellowship, his twilight cost is -1.

While skirmishing a roaming minion, this companion is strength +2.

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Anborn, Skilled Huntsman (6C48)LOTR-EN06S048.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger. Each time Anborn wins a skirmish, you may make a minion’s site number +3 until the regroup phase.
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Faramir, Ithilien Ranger (6P121)LOTR-EN06S121.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger. If Faramir is in your starting fellowship, his twilight cost is –1. Fellowship: Play a ranger to heal a Ring-bound companion.
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Boromir, Steward's Heir (0P65)LOTR-EN00S065.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Knight. Ranger. Ring-bound.
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Sam, Frodo's Gardener (4R315)LOTR-EN04S315.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

Fellowship: Play Sam’s Pack from your draw deck.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Sam, Samwise the Brave (4C316)LOTR-EN04S316.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

Response: If a Shadow card is about to add any number of burdens, spot Frodo and exert Sam to prevent this.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Sam, Nice Sensible Hobbit (5U115)LOTR-EN05S115.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

While you can spot Frodo and Sméagol, Sam may not be overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Frodo, Hope of Free Peoples (7C317)LOTR-EN07S317.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

Ring-bound.

Each time the fellowship moves, you may add Twilight 3.svg to remove a threat.

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Frodo, Wicked Masster! (7R318)LOTR-EN07S318.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

Ring-bound.

Skirmish: At sites 6King block.svg to 8King block.svg, add 4 burdens to wound a minion skirmishing Frodo.

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Sam, Needer of Vittles (7C326)LOTR-EN07S326.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

Fellowship: Play a Hobbit companion to remove a burden.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Sam, Resolute Halfling (7R327)LOTR-EN07S327.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

Fellowship: If you have initiative, discard a card from hand to heal Sam.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Bilbo, Bearer of Things Burgled (9R+49)LOTR-EN09S049.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

Each time the fellowship moves, if the twilight pool has 2 or fewer twilight tokens, add 2 burdens or add Twilight 3.svg.

Regroup: Add a burden to play a Culture Shire.svg tale.

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Sam, Great Elf Warrior (10P122)LOTR-EN10S122.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

Sam is strength +1 for each Culture Shire.svg companion you can spot.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Frodo, Protected by Many (11S164)LOTR-EN11S164.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer. Ring-bound. At the start of the regroup phase, you may exert Frodo to make him gain muster until the end of the regroup phase. (At the start of the regroup phase, you may discard a card from hand to draw a card.)
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Sam, Steadfast Friend (11U172)LOTR-EN11S172.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound. Each other companion is resistance +1.
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Bilbo, Melancholy Hobbit (12R119)LOTR-EN12S119.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

At the start of each skirmish involving Bilbo, you may exert him to take a Culture Shire.svg skirmish event into hand from your discard pile.

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Bilbo, Aged Ring-bearer (13R142)LOTR-EN13S142.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

While Bilbo is not assigned to a skirmish, each Ring-bound Hobbit is strength +1.

At the start of each skirmish involving Bilbo, you may remove a burden for each other Ring-bound Hobbit you can spot.

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Frodo, Frenzied Fighter (13R149)LOTR-EN13S149.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

While you can spot more minions than companions, Frodo cannot be overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled.

Skirmish: If Frodo is not assigned to a skirmish, exert Frodo to have him replace a Ring-bound companion skirmishing a minion.

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Sam, Bearer of Great Need (13R156)LOTR-EN13S156.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

Sam is resistance +1 for each Hobbit you can spot.

Regroup: Exert Sam and transfer a follower he is bearing to your support area to discard a minion from play.

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Frodo, Weary From the Journey (15C144)LOTR-EN15S144.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer. Ring-bound.

While skirmishing a minion of strength 8 or less, Frodo is strength +2.

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Sam, Innocent Traveler (15U153)LOTR-EN15S153.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound. While Sam bears the One Ring, he is resistance –4.

Maneuver: If Sam is bearing a follower, exert him to heal another Hobbit.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer.

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Frodo, Little Master (19P28)LOTR-EN19S028.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Fellowship. Ring-bearer. Ring-bound.

While you cannot spot 4 threats, Shadow cards cannot discard cards from your hand or from the top of your draw deck.

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Sam, Loyal Friend (19P32)LOTR-EN19S032.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Fellowship. Ring-bound.

While Sam bears The One Ring, he is resistance -4.

While you can spot 3 Culture Shire.svg companions, Sam is strength +2.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer.​


Implicit Ring-bound Companions[edit]

Frodo and Sam[edit]

Every copy of Frodo and Sam has the Ring-bound keyword, even if it's not printed on the card, as is the case for the following cards.


Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
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Frodo, Old Bilbo's Heir (1R289)LOTR-EN01S289.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

At the start of each of your turns, you may heal a Hobbit ally.

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Frodo, Son of Drogo (1C290)LOTR-EN01S290.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

Fellowship: Exert another companion who has the Frodo signet to heal Frodo.

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Sam, Faithful Companion (1R310)LOTR-EN01S310.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Fellowship: Play Bill the Pony from your draw deck.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Sam, Son of Hamfast (1C311)LOTR-EN01S311.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Fellowship: Exert Sam to remove a burden.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Frodo, Reluctant Adventurer (2C102)LOTR-EN02S102.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound. Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

The cost of each artifact, possession, and Culture Shire.svg tale played on Frodo is -1.

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Sam, Proper Poet (2C114)LOTR-EN02S114.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Maneuver: Exert Sam twice to make him defender +1 until the regroup phase.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).

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Frodo, Courteous Halfling (4R301)LOTR-EN04S301.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

While you can spot 3 unbound companions, Shadow cards may not discard cards from your hand or from the top of your draw deck.

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Frodo, Tired Traveller (4C302)LOTR-EN04S302.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

Fellowship: Play a Ring-bound companion to remove a burden.

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Frodo, Master of the Precious (5U111)LOTR-EN05S111.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

Fellowship: Add a burden to play Sméagol from your discard pile.

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Frodo, Resolute Hobbit (10P121)LOTR-EN10S121.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 12).
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Frodo, Mr. Underhill (0P67)LOTR-EN00S067.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound. Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

The cost of each artifact, possession, and Culture Shire.svg tale played on Frodo is -1.

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Sam, Lover of Trees (0W13)LOTR-EN00W013.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Triumph - At the start of the fellowship phase you may remove 3 burdens.

Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (Resistance 5).

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Frodo, Mr. Underhill (0W25)LOTR-EN00W025.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer.
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Sam, Of Bagshot Row (V1_54)LOTR-ENV1S054.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Each time a companion with the Frodo signet wins a skirmish, you may exert Sam or add a burden to heal that companion.

Response: If Frodo is killed, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).​


Alternate Ring-bearers[edit]

Remember, these only count as Ring-bound if they are actually the Ring-bearer. If that is not the case, then these cards default to being unbound.


Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
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Gimli, Bearer of Grudges (9R+4)LOTR-EN09S004.0 card.jpg Culture Dwarven.svg Dwarven Companion • Dwarf 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.

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Galadriel, Bearer of Wisdom (9R+14)LOTR-EN09S014.0 card.jpg Culture Elven.svg Elven Companion • Elf While Galadriel bears an artifact or The One Ring, she is resistance +1 for each Culture Elven.svg companion you can spot.
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Boromir, Bearer of Council (9R+31)LOTR-EN09S031.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man While Boromir is the Ring-bearer, at the start of each skirmish involving him, add 3 burdens or wound him twice.

Each time Boromir wins a skirmish, discard each minion he is skirmishing.

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Isildur, Bearer of Heirlooms (9R+33)LOTR-EN09S033.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man While Isildur is the Ring-bearer, at the start of each skirmish involving him, add 2 burdens or exert 3 companions.

While Isildur bears The One Ring or an artifact, each Culture Gondor.svg knight is strength +1.

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Gandalf, Bearer of Obligation (13R33)LOTR-EN13S033.0 card.jpg Culture Gandalf.svg Gandalf Companion • Wizard While Gandalf is the Ring-bearer, each time the fellowship moves, add 3 burdens unless you spot 2 other companions and discard 2 Culture Gandalf.svg cards from hand.
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Faramir, Bearer of Quality (17R28)LOTR-EN17S028.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man While Faramir is the Ring-bearer, at the start of each skirmish involving him, add 2 burdens or 2 threats.

Skirmish: While Faramir is the Ring-bearer, you may wound Faramir to make a minion skirmishing a Culture Gondor.svg Man roaming until the end of the turn.​


Cards Which Interact With Ring-bound Companions[edit]

Free Peoples[edit]

Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
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Naked Waste (13U53)LOTR-EN13S053.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Event • Skirmish You may remove from the game 4 other Culture Gollum.svg cards in your discard pile to play this event from your discard pile. Then remove this event from the game. Spot Sméagol to make a Ring-bound companion strength +3.
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Called to Mordor (15U39)LOTR-EN15S039.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Condition Bearer must be Sméagol.

While you can spot 2 Ring-bound Hobbits, each time an opponent uses a skirmish special ability in a skirmish involving Gollum or Sméagol, you may wound a minion.

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Connected By Fate (15R40)LOTR-EN15S040.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Condition • Support Area To play, spot Sméagol.

While you can spot 2 Ring-bound Hobbits, each Shadow event is twilight cost +1.

Skirmish: Discard this condition to make each Ring-bound companion strength +1 until the regroup phase.

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Hurry Hobbitses (15C45)LOTR-EN15S045.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Event • Skirmish Make Sméagol strength +1 for each Ring-bound Hobbit you can spot.
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Nice Fish (15C46)LOTR-EN15S046.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Condition • Support Area Each time Sméagol wins a skirmish, place a companion for each Culture Gollum.svg token here.

Regroup: Heal a Ring-bound companion for each Culture Gollum.svg token here. Discard this condition.

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Release Them (15C48)LOTR-EN15S048.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Event • Skirmish Spot Sméagol to prevent a Ring-bound Hobbit from being overwhelmed unless his or her strength is tripled.

While this card is in your discard pile, Sméagol is resistance +1.

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Sméagol, Wretched and Hungry (15R49)LOTR-EN15S049.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound. To play, add a burden.

Each Ring-bound companion is resistance +1.

Skirmish: Exert 2 Ring-bound Hobbits to make Sméagol strength +1 and prevent him from being overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled.

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Sméagol, Pitiable Guide (19P11)LOTR-EN19S011.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Companion Ring-bound.

To play, add a burden.

Each time Sméagol wins a skirmish, you may shuffle up to 2 Culture Gollum.svg cards from your discard pile into your draw deck.

Skirmish: Exert a Ring-bound companion to make Sméagol strength +2.

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Arrows Thick in the Air (4U110)LOTR-EN04S110.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Event Archery or Skirmish: Exert 2 Ring-bound Men to wound each roaming minion.
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Curse Them (4C113)LOTR-EN04S113.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Event Skirmish: Exert a Ring-bound Man to cancel a skirmish involving a roaming minion.
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Damrod, Ranger of Ithilien (4U114)LOTR-EN04S114.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger. To play, spot a Ring-bound Man.

Skirmish: Exert Damrod to exhaust a Man he is skirmishing.

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Faramir's Cloak (4R119)LOTR-EN04S119.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Possession • Cloak Bearer must be Faramir.

Each roaming minion skirmishing a Ring-bound Man is strength -1.

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Forbidden Pool (4R120)LOTR-EN04S120.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Condition Plays to your support area.

While the fellowship is at site 6Tower block.svg, each Ring-bound Man takes no more than 1 wound during each skirmish phase.

Fellowship: Add Twilight 2.svg and discard this condition to heal a Ring-bound Man.

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Forests of Ithilien (4R121)LOTR-EN04S121.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Condition Plays to your support area.

While the fellowship is at site 5Tower block.svg, the site number of each Man in a skirmish is +2.

Regroup: Discard this condition and exert a Ring-bound Man to liberate a site.

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Gondorian Ranger (4C122)LOTR-EN04S122.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man 'Ring-bound. 'Ranger.

The site number of each minion assigned to skirmish a Ring-bound Man is +2.

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Henneth Annûn (4R125)LOTR-EN04S125.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Condition Plays to your support area.

While the fellowship is at site 6Tower block.svg, each roaming minion skirmishing a Ring-bound companion is strength -2.

Skirmish: Spot a Culture Gondor.svg Man and discard this condition to wound a roaming minion.

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Mablung, Soldier of Gondor (4U127)LOTR-EN04S127.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger. To play, spot a Ring-bound Man.

Skirmish: Exert Mablung to exhaust a roaming minion he is skirmishing.

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New Errand (4C128)LOTR-EN04S128.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Event Skirmish: Spot a Ring-bound Man to make a minion’s site number +2. If that minion loses this skirmish, you may wound a minion.
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Ranger's Bow (4C131)LOTR-EN04S131.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Possession • Ranged Weapon Bearer must be a Ring-bound Man.

Skirmish: If bearer is skirmishing a Man or a roaming minion, exert bearer to wound that minion.

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Ruins of Osgiliath (4R133)LOTR-EN04S133.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Condition Plays to your support area.

While the fellowship is at site 7Tower block.svg, each Ring-bound Man is defender +1.

Skirmish: Spot a Ring-bound Man and discard this condition to wound an opponent’s Man.

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Faramir, Ithilien Ranger (6P121)LOTR-EN06S121.0 card.jpg Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Companion • Man Ring-bound. Ranger. If Faramir is in your starting fellowship, his twilight cost is –1. Fellowship: Play a ranger to heal a Ring-bound companion.
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Brace of Coneys (4C298)LOTR-EN04S298.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Possession Bearer must be a Ring-bound Hobbit.

Fellowship: Discard this possession to remove a burden.

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Frodo, Tired Traveller (4C302)LOTR-EN04S302.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10).

Fellowship: Play a Ring-bound companion to remove a burden.

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Light Shining Faintly (4U309)LOTR-EN04S309.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Event Fellowship: Add a burden to heal a Ring-bound companion twice.
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Sam's Pack (4R317)LOTR-EN04S317.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Possession Bearer must be a Ring-bound Hobbit.

At the start of each turn, you may add Twilight 2.svg to heal a Ring-bound companion.

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You Must Help Us (5C117)LOTR-EN05S117.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Event Fellowship: Play Sméagol from your discard pile to heal each Ring-bound Hobbit twice.
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Morgai Foothills (8U110)LOTR-EN08S110.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Condition • Support Area When the fellowship moves from site 4King block.svg, remove Twilight 1.svg for each Ring-bound companion you spot.

Regroup: Discard a card from hand for each Ring-bound companion you can spot. Discard this condition.

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Bilbo, Aged Ring-bearer (13R142)LOTR-EN13S142.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

While Bilbo is not assigned to a skirmish, each Ring-bound Hobbit is strength +1.

At the start of each skirmish involving Bilbo, you may remove a burden for each other Ring-bound Hobbit you can spot.

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Bill the Pony, Dearly-loved (13R143)LOTR-EN13S143.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Possession • Mount Bearer must be a Ring-bound Hobbit.

When you play Bill the Pony, you may reinforce a Culture Shire.svg token.

Regroup: Spot 2 minions and remove 2 Culture Shire.svg tokens to make a Shadow player discard a minion from play.

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Frodo, Frenzied Fighter (13R149)LOTR-EN13S149.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Companion • Hobbit Ring-bound.

While you can spot more minions than companions, Frodo cannot be overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled.

Skirmish: If Frodo is not assigned to a skirmish, exert Frodo to have him replace a Ring-bound companion skirmishing a minion.

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Frodo Gamgee, Son of Samwise (13U150)LOTR-EN13S150.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Follower Aid – Add 2 burdens. (At the start of the maneuver phase, you may add 2 burdens to transfer this to a companion.)

To play, spot a Ring-bound Hobbit.

Bearer is strength +1 for each Ring-bound Hobbit you can spot.

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Mithril-coat, Dwarf-mail (13R153)LOTR-EN13S153.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Artifact • Armor Bearer must be a Ring-bound Hobbit. Each minion skirmishing bearer loses all damage bonuses.

Skirmish: Exert bearer to make each minion he is skirmishing lose fierce and unable to gain fierce until the regroup phase.

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Phial of Galadriel, The Light of Earendil (13R155)LOTR-EN13S155.0 card.jpg Culture Shire.svg Shire Artifact • Phial Bearer must be a Ring-bound Hobbit.

While bearer is in region 1, bearer gains muster.

While bearer is in region 2, each of your Culture Shire.svg companions gains muster.

While bearer is in region 3, each character gains muster.​


Shadow[edit]

Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
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Gollum, Old Villain (6C40)LOTR-EN06S040.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Minion Skirmish: Discard a card from hand to make Gollum strength +1 (or +2 if skirmishing a Ring-bound companion).
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Chasm’s Edge (13R44)LOTR-EN13S044.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Condition • Support Area Gollum is strength +1 for each Ring-bound companion you can spot.
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Enemy in Your Midst (18U30)LOTR-EN18S030.0 card.jpg Culture Gollum.svg Gollum Event • Shadow Heal a Ring-bound companion to reinforce a Culture Gollum.svg token.
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Orc Crusher (13R112)LOTR-EN13S112.0 card.jpg Culture Orc.svg Orc Minion • Orc To play, spot an Culture Orc.svg Orc.

This minion is twilight cost –1 for each burden.

Each time a Ring-bound companion loses a skirmish involving an Culture Orc.svg minion, you may reveal this card from hand to add a burden.

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Eastern Emyn Muil (4R231)LOTR-EN04S231.0 card.jpg Culture Raider.svg Raider Condition Each Ring-bound companion moving from site 2Tower block.svg must exert twice.

Maneuver: Discard this condition and exert a Culture Raider.svg Man to exert a Ring-bound companion.

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Gathering to the Summons (4C235)LOTR-EN04S235.0 card.jpg Culture Raider.svg Raider Event Skirmish: Spot a Culture Raider.svg Man skirmishing a Ring-bound companion to add a burden.
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Howl of Harad (4U236)LOTR-EN04S236.0 card.jpg Culture Raider.svg Raider Condition Plays to your support area.

Response: If a Southron wins a skirmish, remove Twilight 4.svg to make the Free Peoples Player wound a Ring-bound companion.

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Southron Assassin (4R246)LOTR-EN04S246.0 card.jpg Culture Raider.svg Raider Minion • Man Southron.

Each time a companion or ally loses a skirmish involving a Southron, you may remove Twilight 1.svg to make the Free Peoples player wound a Ring-bound companion.

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Haradrim Marksman (8U60)LOTR-EN08S060.0 card.jpg Culture Raider.svg Raider Minion • Man Southron. Archer.

While you can spot another Culture Raider.svg Man, Ring-bound companions cannot take archery wounds.

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Úlairë Nertëa, Winged Hunter (6U87)LOTR-EN06S087.0 card.jpg Culture Ringwraith.svg Ringwraith Minion • Nazgul When you play Úlairë Nertëa, spot another Nazgûl to make the Free Peoples player exert a Ring-bound companion for each Free Peoples culture you can spot over 2.
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Úlairë Nelya, Black-Mantled Wraith (7U216)LOTR-EN07S216.0 card.jpg Culture Ringwraith.svg Ringwraith Minion • Nazgul Fierce.

Regroup: If you have initiative, discard Úlairë Nelya to exert each Ring-bound companion.

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Úlairë Otsëa, Black-Mantled Wraith (7U218)LOTR-EN07S218.0 card.jpg Culture Ringwraith.svg Ringwraith Minion • Nazgul Regroup: If you have initiative, discard Úlairë Otsëa to make the Free Peoples player exert a Ring–bound companion twice or return an unbound companion to his or her hand.
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Dead Marshes (5R95)LOTR-EN05S095.0 card.jpg Culture Sauron.svg Sauron Condition Plays to your support area.

While the fellowship is at site 4Tower block.svg, Ring-bound companions skirmishing Culture Sauron.svg Orcs are strength -1.

Maneuver: Spot 2 Culture Sauron.svg Orcs to play up to 2 Culture Sauron.svg conditions from your discard pile. Discard this condition.

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Eye of Barad-Dûr (5R96)LOTR-EN05S096.0 card.jpg Culture Sauron.svg Sauron Event Skirmish: Make a companion or ally skirmishing a Culture Sauron.svg Orc strength -1 for each Ring-bound companion.

Response: If a Free Peoples player reveals this card from your hand, discard this card to add 2 burdens.

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Barren Land (10C79)LOTR-EN10S079.0 card.jpg Culture Sauron.svg Sauron Condition • Support Area To play, spot a Culture Sauron.svg minion. Each time the fellowship moves to any site 8 or 9, exert each Ring-bound companion.

Shadow: Discard this condition to play a Culture Sauron.svg minion. Its twilight cost is –2.​


Sites[edit]

Portrait Card Name Culture Card Type Game Text
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Western Emyn Muil (4U329)LOTR-EN04S329.0 card.jpg Culture Site.svg Site Site When the Fellowship moves from Western Emyn Muil, each Ring-bound companion must exert.​




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Race [Raceless] Balrog Creature Dwarf Elf Ent Half-troll Hobbit Maia
Man Nazgûl Orc Spider Tree Troll Uruk-hai Wizard Wraith
Site Battleground Dwelling Forest Marsh Mountain Plains River Underground
General Besieger Corsair Easterling Engine Fellowship Fortification Knight Machine Pipeweed
Ranger Ring-bound Search Southron Spell Stealth Tale Tentacle Tracker
Twilight [Unbound] Valiant Villager Weather Warg-rider