Saruman's Snows (1C138)

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Saruman's Snows (1C138) is a Culture Isengard.svg Isengard Condition from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title Saruman's Snows
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Notes Lists: EXL. Game text is a clarification.
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity C - Common
Card Number 138
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Isengard.svg Isengard
Side Shadow
Card Type Condition
Twilight Cost 2
Game Text Spell. Weather. To play, exert a Culture Isengard.svg minion. Plays on a site.

No player may play skirmish events or use skirmish special abilities at this site. Discard this condition at the end of the turn.

Lore Saruman's spells can hinder even the wary.
DE - German
Card Name Sarumans Schnee
Game Text Zauberspruch. Wetter.

Strenge einen Culture Isengard.svg Diener an, um diese Karte an einen Ort zu spielen. Kein Spieler darf Kampfereignisse oder spezielle Kampffähig-keiten an diesem Ort benutzen. Dieser Effekt wird am Ende des Spielzuges abgelegt.

Lore Sarumans Zauberkraft kann selbst den Vorsichtigsten behindern.
ES - Spanish
Card Name Las Nieves de Saruman
Game Text Hechizo. Clima. Para jugarlo, esfuerza un siervo Culture Isengard.svg. Se juega en un sitio. Ningún jugador puede jugar eventos de escaramuza o usar habilidades especiales de escaramuza en este sitio. Descarta esta condición al final del turno.
Lore Los conjuros de Saruman pueden entorpecer incluso a los cautos.
FR - French
Card Name Les Neiges de Saroumane
Game Text Sort. Climat.

Pour jouer, affaiblissez un séide Culture Isengard.svg. Jouable sur un site. Aucun joueur ne peut jouer des événements de combat ou utiliser des capacités spéciales de combat durant les combats à ce site. Défaussez cette situation à la fin du tour.

Lore Les sorts de Saroumane peuvent même faire obstacle à celui qui en est avisé.
IT - Italian
Card Name Nevi di Saruman
Game Text Magia. Atmosferica.

Per giocare, sforza un servitore Culture Isengard.svg. Giocala su un sito. Nessun giocatore può giocare eventi Schermaglia o usare abilità speciali Schermaglia durante le schermaglie in questo sito. Scarta questa condizione alla fine del turno.

Lore Gli incantesimi di Saruman possono ostacolare anche chi è cauto.
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S138.0
GEMP ID 1_138
LOTRO Image ID 01_138


Saruman's Snows is part of the powerful Weather spell set from Fellowship block. It's ability to be played on a site give you as the Shadow player two different strategies to potentially use: first, to be played on the current site, or else, playing it on the Fellowship's next site to force a stop.

With the first option, this card will all but guarantee a successful skirmish run for you, as Uruk-hai are normally a high enough strength to win skirmishes outright without pumps. Remember that Archery special abilities can still whittle down your army to insignificance, cards such as Armor and Gimli's Helm will still limit your damage+1 modifiers, and Response abilities such as Intimidate can still prevent deaths. It is best to either pack four copies of this card and drop it every chance you get and thus slowly beat down your opponent over several ability-less skirmishes, or save a single copy for just the right drop when brute force will suffice.

The second maneuver is less usable but can still be a viable tactic. By placing the spell on the site ahead on the adventure path, you can force your opponent to seriously consider whether or not he can survive without using abilities. This can be used as a bluff but is of course improved by having even a single minion on the table.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Any skirmish-heavy fellowship tactics

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Targeted (or regular) Archery
  • Condition removal (especially Boromir's Cloak and Make Light of Burdens)


This card is on the Expanded X-List, meaning it can not be used in any deck in that format.

From the Current Rulings Document - March 2004:

Spell. Weather. To play, exert a [Isengard] minion. Plays on a site. No player may play skirmish events or use skirmish special abilities during skirmishes at this site. Discard this condition at the end of the turn.= See Also =

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